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2019 MCCA Diversity Gala

MCCA would like to thank our Board, NGEN Advisory Board, honorees, members, sponsors and partners for supporting the 2019 MCCA Diversity Gala. Once again we gathered to celebrate and honor individuals, companies and law firms who have demonstrated leadership in improving diversity, inclusion and equity and paved the way to create more opportunities for those who have been under-represented.

We believe that working together as a united front is essential to see the kind of change we all long for in our industry. We sense the urgency of our time. While the legal profession has long been focused on hiring and promoting diverse talent, the progress has been slow. We remain focused on our commitment to strategically collaborate with our partners to build a movement of changemakers who believe that change occurs when we all choose to work together for the greater good. There is strength in numbers and even greater strength with unity. #RISEUNITED

From all of us, again, thank you so much for your engagement, partnership and commitment.

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October 16, 2019

American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024-5192

2019 Gala Highlights

2019 Employer of Choice Award National Winner

Kellogg's

Award Accepted by: Kelly Mahon Tullier,
Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

2019 Employer of Choice Award
Regional and International Winners

Click on the logos below to view the regional and inaugural international winners’ videos presented at the 2019 Diversity Gala awards ceremony.

2019 Charlotte E. Ray Award Honoree

The 2019 Charlotte E. Ray Award was presented to Michelle C. Ifill, Founder, La Maison Michelle; Retired Senior Vice President & General Counsel of Verizon Corporate Services, Inc., at the MCCA Diversity Gala on October 16, 2019 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

2019 Thomas L. Sager Award Winner

Award Accepted by: Guy Halgren,
Chairman

2019 Thomas L. Sager Award Finalists

Click on the logos below to view the finalists’ videos presented at the 2019 Diversity Gala awards ceremony.

Diversity Gala Host Committee

Stuart Alderoty

General Counsel,
Ripple
 
 

Darrell Gay

Partner,
Arent Fox LLP

Damien Atkins

Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary,
The Hershey Company
 

Samantha C. Grant

Partner,
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Anne Lee Benedict

Executive Vice President, Chief
Legal Officer & Secretary,
Summit Materials, Inc.
 

Willie Hernandez

Vice President & Deputy General Counsel,
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Robert Bostrom

Executive Vice President, Chief Legal & Compliance Officer
& Corporate Secretary,
Pier 1 Imports, Inc.

Duane D. Holloway

Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer & Corporate Secretary,
United States Steel Corporation

Ken Jew

Group Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Ross Stores, Inc.

Dan Neff

Partner,
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

John W. Kuo

Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary,
Varian Medical Systems, Inc.
 

Natalie A. Pierce

Co-Chair, Robotics, AI & Automation Practice Group & Diversity & Inclusion Council,
Littler Mendelson P.C.

Hannah Lim-Johnson

Senior Vice President & Chief Legal Officer,
Kelly Services Inc.

Tom Robertson

Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel,
Microsoft Corporation

Lanesha Minnix

Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary,
Flowserve Corporation

Thomas L. Sager

Partner,
Ballard Spahr LLP

Teena-Ann V. Sankoorikal

Partner,
Covington & Burling LLP

Michael Tang

Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary,
Agilent Technologies, Inc.

Alan K. Tse

Global General Counsel &
Corporate Secretary,
Jones Lang LaSalle, IP Inc.

Benjamin F. Wilson

Chairman,
Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.

Event Agenda

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

6:00 pm –
7:30 pm

VIP Pre-Show Reception

Pre-Show Reception for All Guests

7:30 pm –
11:00 pm

Gala Awards Program & Post-Awards Dinner Reception

 
Master of Ceremonies: Richard Lui – Anchor, MSNBC & NBC News

Remarks by: Jean Lee – President & CEO, MCCA

Employer of Choice Award Regional and Inaugural International Winners:

  • Eaton – Midwest Region
    Heath Monesmith – President & Chief Operating Officer, Industrial Sector
  • Mastercard – Northeast Region
    Timothy Murphy – General Counsel
  • Visa Inc. – Western Region
    Kelly Mahon Tullier – Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
  • Nokia – International
    Nassib Abou-Khalil – Chief Legal Officer

Charlotte E. Ray Award Honoree:
Presented by: Craig Silliman – Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative, Legal & Public Policy Officer, Verizon

  • Michelle C. Ifill – Founder, La Maison Michelle; Retired Senior Vice President & General Counsel of Verizon Corporate Services, Inc.

Thomas L. Sager Award Finalists:

  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Closing: Richard Lui

Registration and Fees

 MembersNon-members
Registration DateIn-House Law Firms Government/
Non-Profit
In-House Law FirmsVendors
Early-Bird (before July 31)$650$900$650$750$1,000$1,000
Regular (after July 31)$750$1,200$650 $900$1,500$1,500

Payment Message:

Visa, Mastercard and American Express accepted.

MCCA Law Firm and Corporate Members: Please note as part of your company’s/firm’s membership benefits you may be entitled to a complimentary registration or a member discount rate for the conference registration.

For member complimentary registrations, members must obtain their complimentary codes from their “Company/Firm” and use them during registration. The complimentary codes should be entered in the discount code field at the Payment Page and members must click “Apply Now” to zero their balance.

For member discount rates to apply, members must select their “Company/Firm” from a drop down in Custom Information during the registration process. The member discount rate will automatically be applied at the Payment page.

For any questions or inquires, please contact membership@mcca.com.

Cancellations & Substitutions:

Tickets are non-refundable. If you have paid tickets and are unable to attend the event we will provide a tax letter for your donation upon request. Please email sponsorship@mcca.com for tax letter request and/or questions.

Financial Hardship Policy:

MCCA, at its discretion, may reduce or waive the conference fee for any attorney, member or non-member, who wishes to attend the conference, but for whom the cost would be a financial hardship. Requests for financial assistance will not be accepted on-site. Requests for financial assistance, along with an explanation of hardship, must be received in writing no later than one month prior to the first date of the MCCA conference. To receive detailed instructions or to submit a request for a fee reduction or waiver e-mail education@mcca.com.

Special Requirements:

Please advise the Diversity Gala team if you have any special needs for facilities, visual aids or dietary requirements at events@mcca.com.

Terms and Conditions

Click here to review the MCCA Conference Registration General Terms and Conditions.

Previous MCCA Diversity Galas

 

2018 Diversity Gala

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2015 Diversity Gala

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2017 Diversity Gala

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2014 Diversity Gala

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2016 Diversity Gala

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