Notes from the CEO
A TOAST TO XEROX AND URSULA BURNS
On September 17, 2013, MCCA presented Xerox Chairwoman and CEO Ursula Burns with its 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award at its sold out Diversity Honors Gala. It was the first time MCCA recognized a non-lawyer with its biggest honor. That certainly does not mean she is not deserving.
Burns’ career is a testament to MCCA’s mission. Raised in a low income neighborhood by a single immigrant mother, she excelled in high school, college, and eventually at Xerox. When she was presented an opportunity to advance, she seized it and worked tirelessly to prove her value.
She benefited from many mentors—from MCCA’s first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Vernon Jordan to her former boss Wayland Hicks—proving that mentoring works across generational and racial divides.
Her work promoting science, technology, engineering, and math inspire others to take the path less traveled. She is living true to her mother’s maxim of “leaving more than you take.” You can read about her life and career on page 18.
MCCA also recognized five Employer of Choice companies during the festivities at the Lincoln Center. Entergy, Target, Comcast, Toyota, and Aetna are standard bearers when it comes to diversity and inclusion. Their commitment to the cause is how MCCA can produce quality research and programs.
All of 2013’s award winners are profiled in this issue, starting on page 26. MCCA distinguished the Human Rights Campaign for their assiduous work for the LGBT community with the Paula L. Ettelbrick award. For the second year MCCA presented the George B. Vashon Innovator Awards to firms and companies that are driving change through innovation. Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, New York Life Insurance Company, Pepper Hamilton, and Prudential Financial created programs for mentoring, pipeline, and LGBT initiatives that will change the face of the legal profession.
Finally, make sure to read the Rainmaker profiles that begin on page 36. They prove that diverse lawyers can generate income at the same level as their majority counterparts. MCCA’s report “Do Good & Do Well” is examining firms that make significant profits and have a robust diversity program. Both those firms and rainmakers are producing where it counts: the bottom line.
Joseph K. West