Lisa Banks Leadership Coach and Entrepreneur, Co-Founder
Lisa Banks brings to Optify a wise perspective and agility cultivated through a multifaceted career in business and leadership. Prior to becoming a leadership coach, facilitator, and trainer, Lisa practiced corporate law, built a business, and sharpened her leadership skills while directing and growing businesses in the nonprofit space. She is a mindfulness practitioner and meditation teacher committed to promoting resilient leadership. At Optify, Lisa carefully selects our talented coaches and supports their professional growth. She also helps to shape the organization’s partnership and marketing strategy.
Lisa earned her Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center and Bachelor’s degrees in Communications and International Relations from the University of Virginia. She is a certified leadership coach and facilitator through Georgetown University and a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF). She is a mentor coach for the Georgetown University Institute for Transformational Leadership and a presenter for the ICF.
Amber Boydstun is the Chief Data Scientist at Diversity Lab and also a Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Davis. She holds a PhD and an MA from The Pennsylvania State University and a BA from St. John’s College (“the Great Books school”).
As Chief Data Scientist at Diversity Lab, Amber is in charge of designing and running statistical analyses toward the aim of empirically assessing—and ultimately improving—diversity and inclusion in the legal field. Diversity Lab uses a variety of science-based methods for measuring diversity and inclusion. These methods include running predictive modeling to estimate the future trajectory of diversity in human talent, both for individual firms and in the legal field as a whole; conducting and analyzing anonymous surveys at law firms and legal departments to identify perceptions of diversity and inclusion and to determine whether these perceptions vary in statistically significant ways between different demographic groups; and running “pay equity” statistical analyses to assess whether any significant gaps in compensation exist between demographic groups after accounting for metrics such as billable hours and origination credit.
As a professor, Amber’s academic work centers on the interaction between media and politics, with a focus on how different media portrayals of the same policy issue can prompt citizens and policymakers to respond to that issue in different ways. She is author of Making the News (University of Chicago Press, 2013) and co-author of The Decline of the Death Penalty and the Discovery of Innocence (Cambridge University Press, 2008, with Frank R. Baumgartner and Suzanna De Boef), as well as many scholarly journal articles. Her work has been featured in popular venues including The Washington Post, Columbia Journalism Review, and Huffington Post. She is also a founding member of the Women Also Know Stuff initiative.
Paulette Brown Senior Partner & Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
Locke Lord LLP
Paulette Brown is a member of the labor & employment practice group of Locke Lord LLP and is the Immediate Past President of the American Bar Association. Throughout her career, she has held a number of positions, including in-house counsel to a number of Fortune 500 companies and as a Municipal Court Judge. For the past 30 years, Paulette has engaged in the private practice of law, focusing on all facets of labor and employment and commercial litigation. She has defended employers in cases involving discrimination on the basis of age, sex, marital status, sexual harassment, disability, race and national origin. Paulette has received results in class action employment discrimination cases based upon race and wage and hour claims. She is also experienced in all aspects of workplace training and collective bargaining.
Paulette litigates in both federal and state courts, as well as arbitration forums for both unionized and non-union employees. She is a certified mediator for the United States District Court, District of New Jersey and a member of the Employment AAA Panel. Paulette is a frequent lecturer on labor and employment issues and issues related to electronic discovery and serves as Chair of the Labor and Employment Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. She is also a member of the College of Labor & Employment Lawyer and American Law Institute. Additionally, Paulette has been recognized by the New Jersey Law Journal as one of the prominent women and minority attorneys in the State of New Jersey and by the National Law Journal as one of "The 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America." She has been listed as a NJ Super Lawyer since its inception and for the past three years as one of the top 50 women lawyers and one of the top 100 lawyers. Ms. Brown has also repeatedly been named by US News as one of The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Commercial Litigation. Paulette also received DRI's Pioneer Diversity Award and the NJ State Bar Association's Excellence in Diversity Award, and she was honored with the Spirit of Excellence and Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Awards by the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession. In 2014, Paulette was honored by the Rutgers Law-Camden Black Law Students Association for exemplifying the values advocated by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Mary B. Cranston is a Retired Senior Partner and Chair Emeritus of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, an international law firm. She was the Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Pillsbury from January 1999 until April 2006, and continued to serve as Chair of the firm until December 2006. Ms. Cranston serves as a director of Visa Inc., of the Chemours Company, CSAA Insurance, McAfee and Fiduciary Trust. She served as a Trustee of Stanford University from 2000 to 2010, and as Chair of the Board of the Stanford Children’s Hospital and Children’s Health Network until December 2016. Ms. Cranston holds an AB and JD from Stanford. She has substantial expertise in complex antitrust, class action, and securities law; and she has been recognized by the National Law Journal as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America. She has also been recognized by the National Association of Corporate Directors as one of the 50 most influential and effective directors in America.
Amira Day Dallafior
Assistant General Counsel, Global Labor & Employment
Debbie Epstein Henry is an expert, consultant, best-selling author and public speaker on careers, workplaces, women and law. Debbie runs DEH Consulting, Speaking, Writing and consults with and speaks at private retreats, public events and conferences for companies, law firms and other professional service firms as well as non-profits. Debbie’s international work includes multiple engagements in The Hague as well as in Paris at the French Senate and in London and Vienna and other cities abroad. For 20 years, hundreds of news outlets have featured her work including The New York Times, NBC Nightly News, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, and The National Law Journal.
In October 2020, Debbie launched her new podcast, Inspiration Loves Company, where she conducts interviews and explores how to do better and be better at life, work and everything in-between. She delves into issues including women, bias, happiness, work, race, money, candor, balance, leadership and more.
Debbie runs the DEH Speaker Series, offering quarterly programming by webcast with New York Times best-selling authors, TED speakers, and thought leaders. In 2007, she conceived of the Best Law Firms for Women initiative, a national survey she developed and ran for a decade with Working Mother to annually select the top 50 law firms for women and report on industry trends. Debbie is the author of LAW & REORDER, the #1 best-selling ABA Flagship book for 2011 and the co-author of another ABA best-selling Flagship book in 2015, FINDING BLISS. By 2008, her public speaking, press exposure and advocacy enabled her to build a national network of over 10,000 lawyers. From there, in 2011, Debbie co-founded Bliss Lawyers, a company employing high caliber attorneys to work on temporary engagements for in-house legal department and law firm clients. In February 2020, Bliss Lawyers was acquired by Axiom, the global leader in high-caliber, on-demand legal talent.
Debbie volunteers her time with a number of non-profits. She is Vice President of The Forum of Executive Women, a nomination-only, membership organization of the top 500 women in business in Philadelphia. Debbie sits on The Forum’s Board and chairs its annual Leadership Symposium. She also chairs Brooklyn Law School Women’s Leadership Circle which runs a national women’s law student and alumnae initiative. Additionally, Debbie serves as an Advisor to The Fourth Floor and an Advisor to the New York State Bar Association Attorney Well-Being Task Force.
Debbie has received numerous awards including being named among the Philadelphia Business Journal‘s "Women of Distinction.” In 2017, Debbie received the Anne X. Alpern Award, presented annually to a female lawyer who demonstrates excellence in the legal profession and who makes a significant professional impact on women in the law. She received her B.A. from Yale and her J.D. cum laude from Brooklyn Law School. Debbie lives in the New York area with her husband; they have three sons.
Pat (Patricia) Gillette is one of the country’s leading experts on gender diversity and equality in the workplace. As a top rated trial lawyer and leading author, Ms. Gillette’s illustrious career has focused on solving the most critical business issues of Fortune 500 clients by strategizing and implementing paradigm shifts in company culture and management. Because Ms. Gillette is herself a successful business person, rising to the top levels of management in the firms and companies for whom she has worked, she speaks with authority and conviction to all levels of employees, from CEOs to sales people to managers.
In her presentations and writings, Ms. Gillette identifies ways in which organizations can drive results from every employee. She focuses her messages on how to succeed in the high powered, fast paced business environment of today. Relying on research studies she commissioned as well as her charismatic style, Ms. Gillette is able to inspire audiences to think differently about the way they can realize their personal and business goals.
Ms. Gillette also recognizes the uneven playing field for women and minorities. But rather than complain about the inequities, she focuses her speeches on how individuals and corporations can overcome these challenges. For individuals she presents practical tips to address common obstacles to success like fear of failure, imposter syndrome, the confidence gap, self-promotion, and presentation style. For companies she points to practical and workable solutions to confront institutional barriers facing women and minorities: implicit bias, the pay gap, lack of opportunity, candid and helpful feedback, and changes in workplace structures.
Ms. Gillette also has a unique perspective on how individuals can increase business opportunities for themselves and their organizations, without regard to their gender or race. This is based on a groundbreaking report she commissioned that studied the personal characteristics of successful business people. In her presentations, Ms. Gillette uses the study results to change the way people think about obtaining and delivering new business opportunities.
Ms. Gillette connects and relates deeply with people. She has an uncanny ability to break through gender and generational barriers. But she also brings her passion to the podium as she talks about difficult issues with candor, warmth, and authenticity. Her speeches are peppered with humor and focused on solutions. She gets people thinking about what they can do to be more energized, and motivates people want to bring about positive change in themselves and their institutions.
Ms. Gillette is available for engagements ranging from Keynote Addresses to Boardroom Consultations. She has delivered talks to premiere institutions and organizations throughout the country. Ms. Gillette is also an authorized Radical Candor speaker and can speak on Radical Candor independently or as part of her overall presentations.
Christine is the co-chair of Seyfarth’s Pay Equity group and a core member of the firm’s Labor & Employment People Analytics and OFCCP & Affirmative Action Compliance teams.
Driven by the belief that what gets measured gets done, Christine works with clients to leverage data to revamp their personnel practices and to ensure compliance with mandates impacting recruitment, hiring, promotion, compensation, performance evaluation, discipline, and termination.
Christine partners with employers ranging from startups to global Fortune 100 technology, retail, financial services, professional services, hospitality, healthcare, and manufacturing organizations on pay equity projects and investigations. Working in coordination with Seyfarth’s International Employment Law team, Christine provides strategic advice to help employers, large and small, navigate and simplify the multifarious pay equity laws and reporting requirements, both in the U.S. and across the globe. Christine an author of Seyfarth’s 50-State Pay Equity Desktop Reference. In addition, Christine provides strategic advice and counseling to employers on diversity programs and reductions-in-force.
Christine represents federal contractors on their obligations under Executive Order 11246, VEVRAA, Section 503, and related statutes and regulations. Christine’s roots are in OFCCP compliance and she has overseen the preparation of hundreds of affirmative action plans and defended OFCCP audits in every region, including desk audits, onsite audits, compliance checks, focused reviews, and glass ceiling reviews. Christine collaborates with clients to develop compliant, best-practice oriented, and practical affirmative action programs.
Christine frequently speaks at national conferences on pay equity and OFCCP compliance. She receives national media coverage of her observations about issues involving employment-related issues, including pay equity, workplace metrics, affirmative action, and diversity.
Stasia Kelly has extensive experience as both outside counsel and as a general counsel and brings these perspectives to her practice, working closely with boards of directors, general counsel and in-house legal teams, helping clients design and implement effective governance and compliance programs. Stasia also advises boards and executives on crisis management.
Stasia is the Executive Director of Client Relations and is a member of the firm's Global Board and Executive Committee.
Firmly committed to helping advance women at DLA Piper, Stasia is a mentor to a number of the women lawyers and is on the leadership committee of the firm's Leadership Alliance for Women (LAW), which is committed to the hiring, development and advancement of women lawyers.
Stasia joined DLA Piper in 2010 after a 15-year career as general counsel in four leading public companies. Stasia has previously advised across several areas of the law, including the regulation of financial institutions and securities firms and white collar defense. In her four general counsel roles, Stasia focused on helping companies through challenging crises and building effective legal and compliance organizations.
Stasia served as the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Fannie Mae, where she centralized the company's legal and compliance functions and upgraded the talent across Fannie Mae's five offices nationwide.
In 1999, Stasia was recruited as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Sears, Roebuck in the wake of the company's serious compliance issues in its credit business. At Sears, Stasia restructured the legal and compliance teams and developed and strengthened the company's legal and compliance functions.
In 2002, Stasia was asked to join the restructuring team at MCI/WorldCom during its bankruptcy and restructuring in what was then the largest ever US bankruptcy. She served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of MCI and helped lead the team that successfully brought MCI out of bankruptcy, culminating in the acquisition of MCI by Verizon in 2006.
In 2006, Stasia joined AIG (American International Group) as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance and Regulatory Officer. In that capacity, she built worldwide legal, regulatory and compliance teams across the AIG enterprise in the aftermath of the government investigations. In 2009, Stasia was named Vice Chair of AIG with additional responsibility for government relations, external communications, human resources and corporate affairs across AIG during the financial crisis.
Stasia's extensive role in dealing with different crises in different industries, positions her well to advise both managements and Boards of Directors in crisis situations, both to deal with current events and to help shape future plans for the company post-crisis.
Stasia sits on the board of directors of two public companies. At O-I Glass, the world's largest manufacturer of glass packaging, she chairs the Governance and Nominating Committee and is a member of the Risk Committee. At Huntington-Ingalls Industries, which designs, builds and maintains nuclear and non-nuclear ships for the US Navy and Coast Guard, Stasia is a member of the Governance and Policy Committee and the Compensation Committee.
Stasia has been honored with many awards that underscore her contributions to the legal profession. In 2014, the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession honored Stasia with the prestigious Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award for her many career successes and her extensive involvement in assisting other women to succeed in the field of law.
The National Law Journal named Stasia to its list of ''Trailblazers & Pioneers,'' recognizing the top 50 legal professionals in the areas of governance, risk and compliance. The NLJ particularly cited Stasia's 15-year career as a general counsel, during which she developed governance and compliance teams for four leading public companies, and noted her leading role in launching DLA Piper's Global Governance and Compliance practice.
And Lawdragon magazine named Stasia to its Lawdragon 500, noting that ''with 15 years under her belt as a general counsel for four different public companies, Kelly now chairs DLA Piper's esteemed governance practice, while also co-running the megafirm's US operations.'' She has also been inducted into the Hall of Fame, recognizing past members of the Lawdragon 500 who have made remarkable contributions as leaders, litigators, dealmakers, power brokers, judges and innovators.
Stasia received her undergraduate degree in English, cum laude, from Trinity University in Washington, DC and her law degree, magna cum laude, from George Washington University Law School, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif and the George Washington University Law Review. Earlier in her career, Stasia was associated with a firm based in Dallas, where she practiced in the litigation group.
Jessie Kornberg became the President and CEO of the Skirball Cultural Center in July 2020.
To the Skirball’s leadership team, Kornberg brings two decades of civil rights work—a career dedicated to dismantling systemic inequality. This commitment began with frontline anti-poverty services at the largest provider of homeless family housing in New York City. Kornberg went on to work with the NAACP and NOW before founding Ms. JD, an online community dedicated to supporting and advancing the careers of women in the legal profession. Next, she co-chaired the pro bono program at the Beverly Hills litigation boutique Bird Marella, focusing the firm's resources on prison condition reform, including a groundbreaking class action on behalf of the death row inmates at Angola state penitentiary in Louisiana.
In 2014, Kornberg became the CEO of Bet Tzedek (Hebrew for "house of justice"), one of the nation's leading free legal aid providers. Under her leadership, the agency grew to address the most pressing legal issues facing low-income families, including the establishment of the nation’s first transgender medical-legal partnership and a family preparedness program to respond to growing concerns surrounding the deportation of undocumented parents.
In 2020, Kornberg co-chaired LA Represents, an unprecedented pro bono legal initiative in scope and scale, established to support residents and businesses in need during the COVID-19 crisis. She currently serves as a trustee for the Los Angeles Urban League, the Motion Picture & Television Fund, and UCLA School of Law, where she earned her JD. Kornberg lives in the Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles with her spouse, Aaron Lowenstein, their young son, Asa, and a rescued black spaniel mix named Laila Tov.
Roberta (“Bobbi”) Liebenberg, a partner at Fine, Kaplan and Black in Philadelphia, focuses her practice on antitrust and class actions. She has been appointed by courts to represent plaintiff classes in many class actions, and has also defended Fortune 500 companies, including Southwest Airlines, in class actions and other complex commercial litigation. She is also a principal of The Red Bee Group, a women-owned consulting group that focuses on data-driven solutions to diversity, equity and inclusion issues. Currently, she is co-authoring a report on the impact of the pandemic on the legal profession sponsored by the American Bar Association.
She twice served as the Chair of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, and was Chair of the ABA Gender Equity Task Force, and Co-Chair of the ABA Presidential Initiative on Achieving Long Term Careers for Women in Law. She also was a founder and Chair of DirectWomen, the only organization devoted to increasing the number of women attorneys on corporate boards. She was Chair of the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations’ respective committees on women in the profession, and also the Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness. She has received many awards and honors, including induction into the American Antitrust Institute Private Enforcement Hall of Fame, the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award from the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, the Lynette Norton Award from the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Sandra Day O'Connor Award from the Philadelphia Bar Association, the Florence K. Murray Award from the National Association of Women Judges, the Hortense Ward Courageous Leader Award from the Center for Women in Law at the University of Texas School of Law, the Martha Fay Africa Golden Hammer Award from the ABA Law Practice Division, the Lifetime Achievement Award from Corporate Counsel and Inside Counsel magazines, and the “Outstanding Achievement Award”
Partner and Chair of Public Client Practice, Certified Leadership Coach
Betsy Miller Partner and Chair of Public Client Practice, Certified Leadership Coach
Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC
Betsy A. Miller is a Partner at Cohen Milstein and Chair of the firm’s Public Client practice. She is a seasoned litigator and industry thought leader on leadership development and change management. With 20+ years in private and government practice in Washington, D.C., Betsy has built a reputation for deftly leading some of the country’s highest profile government investigations and landmark settlements. She currently represents state Attorneys General in the ongoing national opioid litigation and previously negotiated a $2.2 billion resolution as a lead counsel for states prosecuting consumer fraud cases against the nation’s largest credit rating agencies. Her approach to these complex cases is grounded in the principles she has used as a professional mediator and adjunct professor at Georgetown Law, where she has taught negotiation strategy and conflict resolution. A certified leadership coach, Betsy regularly speaks and writes about the importance of advancing women and valuing diversity of experiences and perspectives in the legal profession.
For her accomplishments and continued work in high-stakes matters, Ms. Miller has been honored on several occasions by industry peers, including Lawdragon 500, which recognizes “the best of the best” in the U.S. legal profession, The National Law Journal and The Trial Lawyer, which have identified Ms. Miller as one of America’s “50 Most Influential Trial Lawyers,” and The National Law Journal, which named Ms. Miller as one of nine women in the nation to its inaugural list of “Elite Women of the Plaintiffs’ Bar.”
Prior to joining Cohen Milstein, Ms. Miller served as the Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel to the Attorney General for the District of Columbia. Earlier in her career, Ms. Miller served as Nominations Counsel for Senator Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT) on the Senate Judiciary Committee, where she was responsible for handling confirmation hearings on presidential nominations to the federal judiciary, the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and to the Offices of the United States Attorneys.
Jackie handles extensive leasing transactions for landlords as well as for tenants in office, retail and industrial settings. Her representation of landlords includes institutional landlords in office buildings and retail shopping centers, including The Ratkovich Company, Maguire Partners, The Prudential Insurance Company, Rising Realty Partners, Westport Capital, Rubicon Point Partners and PacShore Partners. Her representation of tenants includes financial institutions, entertainment companies and retail entities, including ongoing representation of The Walt Disney Company, Capitol Records and AECOM.
Jackie is a guiding force within DLA Piper, where she is the US Co-Managing Partner and a member of the firm's governing Executive and Management Committees. She previously served as the Co-Managing Partner of the firm's Los Angeles offices and Co-Vice Chair of the national Real Estate practice. Jackie mentors lawyers through the firm's diversity and inclusion initiatives, including the Women and Lawyers of Color Emerging Leaders programs.
Leslie Richards-Yellen Director of Global Diversity & Inclusion
Debevoise & Plimpton
LESLIE RICHARDS-YELLEN, Director of Global Diversity & Inclusion at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, practiced law for over 30 years as both a partner and an in-house lawyer (Vanguard). She serves on the Board of Cornell Black Lawyers Alumni Network, the Advisory Board for the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession, a member of the Scenic Hudson Board, and an Independent Board Member for City Different Investments. She formerly served as President of the National Association of Women Lawyers, a Board Member for Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, a Commissioner on the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism (and Chair of the Diversity Committee), Chair of the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Firms, and a member of the National Association of Securities Dealers (currently the Financial Industry Regulation Authority) Fixed Income Committee.
Leslie was awarded the Chicago Bar Association’s “Vanguard Award” which honors individuals who have made the legal profession more accessible and reflective of the community at large and the Ms. JD “Sharing Her Passion Award” for inspiring younger women lawyers. She also received the “Woman of Excellence Award” from the Chicago Defender Newspaper.
Leslie earned her undergraduate degree at Drake University and her J.D. at Cornell Law School.
Stephanie A. Scharf is founding partner of Scharf Banks Marmor, LLC, a prominent women-owned law firm that represents local, national and global businesses. Specializing in complex litigation and appeals, Stephanie and the firm have been profiled for the "unique quality of their work" and for "Work at a Very High Level." A frequent author and CLE speaker, most recently Stephanie has been Lead Editor of the PLI treatise, Product Liability: Current Law, Strategy and Best Practices. She has been named a Leading Lawyer, Best Lawyer, Super Lawyer, one of the "500 Leading Litigators in America," and is Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated.
In addition to her law practice, Stephanie is a Founding Principal of The Red Bee Group, LLC, https://www.theredbeegroup.com/, a consulting firm that helps businesses, organizations and law firms achieve their goals for growth and innovation using data-based strategies with diverse and inclusive solutions.
Stephanie received a Ph.D. in Behavioral Sciences and a J.D. from the University of Chicago. She frequently combines her skills in data analytics to create cutting edge research on issues of diversity and inclusion. Her most recent report, with co-author Roberta Liebenberg, is Walking Out the Door: The Facts, Figures and Future of Experienced Women in Private Practice. Stephanie also founded and conducted the NAWL Annual Survey of Women in Law Firms (2006-2014); and reported on the first-ever survey of women as lead counsel in litigation, First Chairs at Trial: More Women Need Seats at the Table (2015), with co-author Roberta Liebenberg.
Stephanie was 2017-2020 Chair of the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession; is a member of the Advisory Board of DirectWomen; is a former President of the National Association of Women Lawyers (2004- 2005); and was Special Advisor to the American Bar Association's Presidential Commission on Diversity and Inclusion.
Nancy Sharp is a motivational speaker and expert on resilience and change. She is the award-winning author of the memoir Both Sides Now: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Bold Living and the children’s book Because the Sky is Everywhere. Nancy is passionate about helping individuals and organizations move beyond stuckness, disappointment, and loss of all kinds toward growth and positive change. With her warm and genuine presentation style, Nancy empowers through far-reaching wisdom and tools that help successful people leave their mark.
Caren Ulrich Stacy is a talent and behavioral science expert with more than 20 years of experience as the head of recruitment, development, and diversity for several of the world’s top law firms, including Arnold & Porter, Cooley, and Weil Gotshal. After co-founding Lawyer Metrics, a start-up company acquired by the Access Group that pioneered a “Moneyball” data-driven approach to lawyer recruitment and development, Caren created Diversity Lab to focus exclusively on closing the gender gap and increasing diversity and inclusion in the legal field. The Lab is an incubator for new and creative ideas that boost diversity and inclusion in law through the use of data, science, technology, and design-thinking.
Her work has been featured in FastCompany, The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, BloombergBusinessWeek, The National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, and on Fox News.
Jami McKeon is the Chair of Morgan Lewis, the largest law firm in the world led by a woman. The first woman chair in the firm’s 150-year history, she was elected unanimously to a second five-year term beginning in 2019. In implementing a strategic approach focused on client needs, Jami has spearheaded large combinations that have significantly expanded the services of the firm’s 2,000-plus lawyers in 31 offices across 17 time zones. Morgan Lewis now ranks as one of the largest law firms in the United States and is among the top 25 in the world. Under her leadership, the firm has created a number of industry-leading initiatives, including ML Women, which generates opportunities for the firm’s women lawyers to come together around a shared industry, practice, or jurisdiction. Jami also directed the creation of the Ramp Up and Ramp Down programs, which allow for a substantial reduction in the billable hours’ expectations for associates before and after an extended leave, and the Remote Working Program, which facilitates the ability of associates to work outside the office. ML Well, launched by the firm in 2019, promotes the health and well-being of all of the firm’s legal and professional personnel. Jami’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is reflected in the composition of Morgan Lewis. In 2018, more than half the associates promoted to partner were women, the highest percentage among The American Lawyer’s largest 15 firms. In 2019, Morgan Lewis improved upon that record by increasing to 60% women in the partnership class. Women comprise more than one-quarter of Morgan Lewis’s practice leaders, including The American Lawyer Attorney of the Year recipient Grace Speights, who leads the firm’s 250-lawyer labor and employment practice, and more than one third of the firm’s Advisory Board members are women. Jami has received numerous honors for her leadership and accomplishments, and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession and the University of Pennsylvania Law School Board of Advisors. In 2020, Jami was selected for the sixth consecutive year to participate in the Fortune–US Department of State Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership.