Welcome Remarks, Susan L. Lees, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Allstate Insurance Company
Carl M. Cannon
Carl M. Cannon is the Washington Bureau Chief of RealClearPolitics. Carl is a past recipient of the Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prize for Distinguished Reporting and the Aldo Beckman Award, the two most prestigious awards for White House coverage. Previous positions include Executive Editor of PoliticsDaily.com, DC Bureau Chief for Reader's Digest and White House correspondent for both the Baltimore Sun and National Journal. He was a 2007 fellow-in-residence at Harvard University's Institute of Politics, a past president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, and is a published author.
Susan L. Lees
Susan L. Lees is executive vice president and general counsel of Allstate Insurance Company and a member of Allstate's senior leadership team. In her current role, Lees leads the legal team to guide Allstate's business strategy, ensure sound compliance of government practices, and foster a healthy legal, legislative and regulatory environment.
Lees joined Allstate in 1988 and has held a variety of leadership positions while successfully directing several key initiatives for the corporation, most notably during her previous role as senior vice president and deputy general counsel for Allstate Financial. During her extensive tenure at Allstate, Lees led a multitude of complex initiatives, including mergers and acquisitions such as the company's purchase of American Heritage Life Insurance Company. As the leader of the corporate law division of Allstate's law and regulation department, Lees gained extensive experience working with a number of business areas throughout the corporation.
Earlier in her career, Lees built a foundation for business acumen through professional sales roles at Celanese Fibers Marketing Company and Exxon Chemical. Lees holds an A.B. degree in political science from Brown University and a J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. She has been a champion of key societal issues and has served as a member of Allstate's Enterprise Diversity Council. Lees also is president of the board of directors for the Riverside Foundation, a nonprofit organization offering life enrichment opportunities to adults with developmental disabilities. In addition, Ms. Lees serves on the Boards of the Rand Institute for Civil Justice, Institute for Legal Reform and the Association of Life Insurance Counsel