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
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,
2019 Thomas L. Sager Award Finalists
Click on the logos below to view the finalists’ videos presented at the 2019 Diversity Gala awards ceremony.
MCCA would like to thank all of our generous sponsors who supported MCCA’s 2019 Diversity Gala.
Diversity Gala Host Committee
Arent Fox LLP
Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary,
The Hershey Company
Samantha C. Grant
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
Anne Lee Benedict
Executive Vice President, Chief
Legal Officer & Secretary,
Summit Materials, Inc.
Vice President & Deputy General Counsel,
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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
Group Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Ross Stores, Inc.
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.
Senior Vice President & Chief Legal Officer,
Kelly Services Inc.
Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel,
Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary,
Thomas L. Sager
Ballard Spahr LLP
Teena-Ann V. Sankoorikal
Covington & Burling LLP
Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary,
Agilent Technologies, Inc.
Alan K. Tse
Global General Counsel &
Jones Lang LaSalle, IP Inc.
Benjamin F. Wilson
Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
6:00 pm –
VIP Pre-Show Reception
Pre-Show Reception for All Guests
7:30 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
|Registration Date||In-House||Law Firms||Government/|
|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|
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