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Women of Color Influencers: 7 Attorney Executives Who Are Leading DEI Initiatives in Their Organizations

by | Mar 21, 2023 | Career

Vanessa Abrahams-John
Title: Senior Vice President, Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Company: Adidas
Role: Develop/Execute strategies that foster an inclusive culture and develop/retain best talent.
Education: BS – University of Western Ontario; JD – Howard University School of Law




Shannon P. Bartlett
Title: Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer
Company: National Geographic Society
Role: Oversees the National Geographic Society’s DEI efforts and serves as an adviser to teams within the organization.
Education: BA – Washington University in St. Louis; MA – University of California at Berkeley; JD – DePaul University School of Law




Monya M. Bunch
Title: Director of Diversity & Inclusion
Company: WilmerHale
Role: Provides thought leadership and instills cultural initiatives that support business objectives and DEI; develops programming and guides organizational structure.
Education: Undergraduate Degree – Hampton University; JD – Howard University School of Law




Heather Souder Choi
Title: Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
Company: Baker Botts
Role: Oversees all aspects of the law firm’s global diversity strategy partners with leadership to embed DEI into the firm’s business strategy.
Education: BA – Vanderbilt University; JD – Harvard Law School




Rhonda Nesmith Crichlow
Title: Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer
Company: Charter Communications
Role: Provides overall implementation and strategic development of Charter’s DEI initiatives. Oversees philanthropic investments and employee volunteerism efforts through Charter’s Community Impact function.
Education: BA – George Washington University; Master’s Degree – Duke University; JD – University of Virginia Law School




Laurie Robinson Haden
Title: Founder/CEO
Company: Corporate Counsel Women of Color
Role: Partners with corporations and law firms to promote DEI for women of color attorneys in the legal profession.
Education: BA – North Carolina Central University; JD – University of Indiana at Bloomington



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