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Chambers Diversity Seminar: New York 2018

Date:    Friday June 22nd, 2018

Time:     8.30am - 11am


The Yale Club
50 Vanderbilt Avenue
New York 10017


08:30 - 09:00 (Breakfast & Registration)
09:00 - 10:00 (First panel discussion)
10:00 - 11:00 (Second panel discussion)

Our first panel focussed on successful initiatives and the benefits of a diverse and inclusive environment. Our second panel analysed the measurements of success as well as the economic impact in implementing such initiatives.







Kathy Bowman-Williams
Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Baker Botts LLP



Heather Choi
Baker Botts LLP

Heather Souder Choi is a corporate investigations and competition lawyer with over a decade of experience representing corporations and individuals in criminal and civil enforcement matters before the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission and other federal and state enforcement agencies against allegations of mail and wire fraud, bid-rigging, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the Anti-Kickback Act.

She has significant experience handling cross-border investigations for multinational corporations and involving foreign individuals, including companies with operations in Japan, India, Ecuador, Vietnam, China, and Bangladesh. In addition to representing clients facing government enforcement actions, Ms. Choi has significant antitrust litigation experience defending corporations in complex multi-district and multi-defendant class actions against allegations of price fixing, monopolization, and other anticompetitive activity.

She represents clients across a broad range of industries including automotive, energy, diversified manufacturing, beverage distribution, and technology.


Sachin Bansal
Director and Senior Litigation Attorney
Royal Bank of Canada

Sachin Bansal is a Director and Senior Litigation Counsel at Royal Bank of Canada with primary responsibility for litigation matters involving RBC’s U.S. investment banking arm, RBC Capital Markets. 

Sachin oversees, directs, and sets strategy for a significant portfolio of U.S. regulatory and civil litigations, accountable from inception to conclusion for these cases, including active participation at all stages.  In particular, he focuses on defending and responding to regulatory enforcement matters involving the DOJ, SEC, and FINRA and routinely interfaces and appears before such authorities.

His responsibilities also include hands-on management of RBC’s outside counsel relationships, outside counsel spend, and cost control strategies.  On the latter aspect, he has led the implementation of several cost-savings initiatives, including with the use alternative fee arrangements and secondees, which have achieved savings of several million dollars each fiscal quarter.

He created and leads a joint U.S. training initiative between RBC’s legal and compliance departments and is actively involved in diversity and pro bono efforts across RBC.  Sachin serves as the co-chair of RBC U.S.’s Multicultural Employee Alliance, which is RBC’s largest US employee resource group.  He has received several awards, both from the company and his law department, for his continued contributions to diversity and inclusion, which is a core value at RBC.


Manisha Mehrotra
Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Bloomberg L.P.

Manisha Mehrotra is a subject matter expert in Diversity and Inclusion (D&I), Communications and Organizational Change. Currently, she’s a Diversity and Inclusion Manager at Bloomberg, where her primary responsibilities include the implementation of the Global Diversity and Inclusion strategy. She brings innovation and tenacity to designing and delivering strategic D&I solutions that drive organizational change.

Prior to joining Bloomberg, she was at New York Life for ten years where she worked in Communications, Operations, Management and Corporate Diversity & Inclusion actively managing strategies to build and retain a diverse an inclusive workforce.

She is a mentor and coach to students and professionals through a variety of programs and initiatives. She earned a Diversity Management Certificate from Cornell University, a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and Communications from the University of Connecticut, a Master of Business Administration from Cornell University. She is also on the board of Sakhi for South Asian Women in New York, whose mission to end violence against women.


Carolyn Renzin
Assistant General Counsel
JPMorgan Chase & Co

Carolyn Barth Renzin is an attorney who supports the Office of the General Counsel of JPMorgan Chase & Co. in Legal department strategic initiatives. Currently, she heads the department's outside counsel engagement team, advises the department on professional responsibility, attorney licensing and conflicts of interest issues, runs the department’s communications and learning and development teams and advises the legal technology team on its knowledge management strategy.

Prior to this role, Carolyn was a litigator in JPMorgan Chase’s Government Investigations and Regulatory Enforcement team where she worked on litigation and internal investigations brought by the firm’s regulators.

Carolyn is a member of The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, New York State Bar Association, and the National Association of Women Lawyers.



Shamina D. Sneed
Executive Director of Legal and Compliance Division
Morgan Stanley

Shamina Sneed is an Executive Director in the Legal and Compliance Division of Morgan Stanley where she provides advice on a wide range of issues pertaining to investment advisers and broker-dealers, with a focus on alternative investments and investment advisory programs.

Shamina spent 10 years in London working on cross border issues in financial services. She was Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at JPMorgan in London and advised on investment product specific issues including alternative investments and registered funds.  Prior to joining JPMorgan, Shamina was an associate at Allen & Overy LLP in London in the International Capital Markets group.

Shamina is based in New York City and is Co-Chair of the Corporate Leadership Council for the Young Women’s Leadership Network and a member of the Board of the Stanford New York Alumni Association and the Private Investment Funds Committee at the New York City Bar Association.  Shamina received her undergraduate degree from Yale University and received her law degree from Stanford Law School.  Shamina speaks proficient Italian and is an improving golfer.



Perika Sampson
Executive Director Diversity and Inclusion
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Perika Sampson is the Regional Diversity Officer for Morgan Stanley Wealth Management’s Great Lakes Region. Her responsibilities include driving diversity and inclusion strategies across 10 states engaging more than 125 managers and impacting approximately 5000 employees. In addition, she develops talent acquisition strategies, facilitates community engagement, supports business development initiatives and manages national partnerships. Her region includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Western Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Previously she founded and managed Dearborn Consulting Partners where she consulted on diversity and inclusion strategy and initiatives for Fortune 500 companies across a number of industries. Prior to her consulting career, she served as Vice President Marketing and Strategy in the Private Client Services division of Bank One (now JP Morgan). Additional corporate roles included senior marketing manager at Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., and institutional relationship manager at Jurika & Volyes and RCM Capital Management in San Francisco, CA. She was also a founding manager of two internet-based financial services companies WFN and

Perika is an alumna of the University of California Los Angeles. She currently serves as co-chair of the Financial Services Pipeline Initiative’s Steering Committee in conjunction with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the Chicago Community Trust. She is a member of Chicago United, the National Association of Securities Professionals and serves on the boards of both the Ohio and Illinois Diversity Councils.