Throughout the school year, the dean hosts roundtable discussions with prominent guests who have utilized their law degrees in interesting ways. Over lunch with a small group of students, guests discuss their work experiences, sharing valuable insights about how they found their chosen path. Please note that the roundtables are informal and off-the-record.
Jennifer Berrent ’00, who will be the Dean’s guest on Thursday, April 13, is chief legal officer and chief culture officer at WeWork, a New York-based company that provides shared workspace, community, and services for entrepreneurs, freelancers, startups, and small businesses. WeWork’s mission is to create a world where people work to make a life, not just a living. In her role, Ms. Berrent leads the charge to directly connect the company’s 2,000 employees to its mission, values, and brand. She oversees WeWork’s legal, people, brand, public affairs, events, and strategic planning teams to ensure the mission is infused into all facets of the business. As the company’s first-ever chief culture officer, she is responsible for delivering creative employee recognition and development strategies that motivate and inspire the company’s global workforce.
Ms. Berrent first joined WeWork in 2014 as general counsel, where she crafted a legal department that served as the foundational support system for the company. As general counsel, she established processes and policies that supported WeWork’s unparalleled growth and expansion, facilitated operations in regions around the world, and enabled the company to effectively partner with other companies and organizations.
Prior to WeWork, she served as partner at WilmerHale, where she was also head of the firm’s New York Emerging Company Practice. She has represented companies at all stages of development, from incorporation and financing to sale or IPO, and beyond. Previously, Ms. Berrent served an associate at Covington & Burling in the firm’s New York office and as associate general counsel of Longitude, Inc., an information and technology services start-up. She began her career at the Parthenon Group, a management and strategy consulting firm that is now a subsidiary of EY (formerly Ernst & Young).
She received her BS from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and her JD from New York University School of Law in 2000.
The roundtables begin at 12:30 PM and end at 2:00 PM in Snow Dining Room. They are open to 18 interested JD and graduate students. In order to achieve a representational mix of students, we will designate a proportionate number of seats to JD students and graduate students. Within each group (JD or LLM), attendees will be selected randomly from all students who have signed up by 5pm on the day the invitation is distributed.
If you would like to attend, please email Ken Seagreaves at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate whether you are a JD or graduate student, and whether you have any dietary restrictions. If you are allotted a space, you will receive a confirmation email.