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Baker Botts Lawyers Lead Discussions for ‘Fearless Entrepreneurs: Unstoppable & Extraordinary’

SAN FRANCISCO, March 15, 2018 – Baker Botts California lawyers Cynthia Cole and Stuart Plunkett led discussions at “Fearless Entrepreneurs: Unstoppable & Extraordinary,” on March 8, 2018. Hosted by the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Kellogg School of Management and Northwestern Alumni Association, the first of a four-part series presented a distinguished panel of alumni to provide firsthand guidance on what it means to be a fearless entrepreneur and to harness the power of intuition in times of uncertainty.

“I felt privileged to be part of a panel of women who have accomplished so much and contributed to the rich heritage of entrepreneurship,” said Baker Botts’ Cynthia Cole, a former CEO and General Counsel in public and private companies in a range of sectors. “One theme, in particular, about mentoring struck me: reach out to people who move you, to people from whom you can learn, without being asked, without being part of a formal program. Mentoring happens naturally, not always by design.”

“This was a great opportunity for the audience to hear from business leaders in our community and to share ideas about entrepreneurship and career building,” said firm partner Stuart Plunkett. 

The entrepreneur alumni panel shared insights on what it means to be an entrepreneur, how to approach fear in decision-making and strengthen your leadership skills to take your team to the next level. Panelists included
  • Cynthia Cole (JD ’00) Special Counsel, Baker Botts LLP; 

  • Andy Cunningham (BA ’79) Founder & President, Cunningham Collective; 

  • Karen Roter Davis (JD-MBA ’00) Director at X, the moonshot factory (a division of Alphabet);

  • Nicole Kelsey (JD ’92) General Counsel & Secretary, ‎Amyris 

  • Moderated by: Stuart Plunkett (JD ’95) Partner, Baker Botts LLP 

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Pictured from left to right: Karen Roter Davis, Cynthia Cole, Nicole Kelsey, Andy Cunningham

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