M.A.P. Team & Partners
President and CEO of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA)
Prior to joining MCCA, Ms. Lee served as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at JP Morgan Chase & Co. where she worked on consumer litigation and regulatory matters. Before joining JP Morgan Chase & Co. in 2011, Ms. Lee worked on litigation matters at a boutique litigation firm in New York City and started her career as a law clerk to the Honorable John J. Hughes, United States Magistrate Judge (retired), in the District of New Jersey.
She graduated from New York University with a B.A. in Politics and Psychology and a M.S.W. in Social Work. Ms. Lee received her J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law, where she was a Senior Editor of the Rutgers Law Record.
Ms. Lee served on Asian American Bar Association of New York’s Board of Directors from 2010 to 2016 and as its President in 2012. In 2014, the Council of Urban Professionals recognized Ms. Lee as a Catalyst: Change Agent | Law and in 2015, she was recognized as a Trailblazer by the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York. Currently, she serves on the Select Committee for the Legends in Law Award for the Burton Foundation.
Sophia M. Piliouras
COO and President of MCCA’s Advisory Practice (“MAP”)
Prior to joining MCCA, Sophia was Vice President, Assistant General Counsel at JP Morgan Chase where she served as the lead lawyer for the Auto Finance and Student Lending, Business Banking, and Asset Wealth Management lines of business and managed the company’s relationship with over 300 law firms on behalf of her clients. Sophia also practiced as a litigation attorney at Seyfarth Shaw LLP where she represented clients in commercial litigation.
Sophia currently serves as Trustee on the Foundation for Advancement of Diversity in IP Law Board. Sophia is a graduate of University of Wisconsin, with a B.A. in International Relations. She received her J.D. from New York Law School where she served as the United Nations Editor for the New York Law School Journal of Human Rights and received M.S. degree in Construction Management from Columbia University.
Courtney D. Cogburn Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Columbia University
Dr. Courtney D. Cogburn joined the faculty at the Columbia University School of Social Work in July 2014 as an assistant professor and she was also invited to join the Faculty of the Columbia Population Research Center.
Her research aims to characterize and evaluate the function of toxic social environments in producing racial disparities in health and disease. She is particularly interested in examining associations between multiple dimensions of racism and stress-related disease as well as in identifying psychosocial processes that attenuate those effects. In one line of research, Dr. Cogburn is using data science techniques to develop a model and measure of media-based cultural racism and psychophysiological approaches to examine the effects of exposure to cultural racism on physiological, psychological and behavioral stress responses. She is also working closely with a community health center and global non-profit to educate and build community activism around social and structural inequities and health.
Dr. Cogburn completed the Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar program at Harvard University. She received her Ph.D. in Education and Psychology as well as her MSW from the University of Michigan. She received her BA in Psychology from the University of Virginia.
Her current research projects examine:
the effects of cultural racism in the media on physiological, psychological and behavioral stress reactivity and moderating effects of cognitive appraisal processes; the role of structural racism in producing disease risk; and chronic psychosocial stress exposure and related implications for understanding Black/White disparities in cardiovascular health and disease between early and late adulthood. At the end of 2014, Dr. Cogburn received an award from the Provost’s Grants Program for Junior Faculty Who Contribute to the Diversity Goals of the University for a project titled “Black Face to Ferguson: A Mixed Methodological Examination of Media Racism, Media Activism and Health.”
In addition to her academic research, Dr. Cogburn works with the Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston andis a senior advisor at the International Center Advocates Against Discrimination in NYC to educate and build community activism around issues of racism and health.
Before coming to Columbia in July 2014, Dr. Cogburn was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at the Harvard School of Public Health. She received her BA in Psychology from the University of Virginia, MSW from the University of Michigan School of Social Work and PhD in the Combined Program in Education and Psychology from the University of Michigan.
Paola Cecchi Dimeglio J.D., LL.M, MS.C, Ph.D.
Senior Partner & Director, PCD Consulting
Dr. Paola Cecchi-Dimeglio is a behavioral and data scientist (Big Data and AI), as well as a lawyer. As a decision science, organizational behavior and gender specialist, she is advising some of the largest for-profit and non-profit organizations in the world.
By enabling organizations to tap into insights from behavioral science and related fields allowing senior leadership to make better and inclusive decisions for themselves and their companies. She works with executives from Fortune 500 firms, governments, and top professional service firms, including Magic Circle law firms and AmLaw 100. She has developed several software and SAAS tools and owns several patents.
Dr. Paola Cecchi-Dimeglio is the faculty Chair of the Executive Leadership Research Initiative for Women and Minority (ELRIWMA) and a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for the Legal Profession and affiliated faculty at Harvard Kennedy School in the Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP).
Next to her academic position, she heads up one of the top niche behavioral science consulting firms on improving decision making processes in organizations to level the playing field. People Culture Drive Consulting Group consists of high level consultants sharing an extensive knowledge of applying Behavioral Science to businesses and public policy challenges, with specific expertise in change management, research, sectorial experts, design, communication, and training. Thanks to People Culture Drive Consulting Group unique and multi-dimensional composition, we are able to create a dedicated ad hoc team tailored to the specific needs of each project.
Her forthcoming book “Diversity Dividend” will be published by MIT Press in 2021. Her book is based on her work with some of the world’s largest organizations and governments and shows how gentle pushes (“nudges”) and a consistent organizational process allow firms to achieve the goal of having more women and minorities occupy leadership positions. Her work illustrates how organizations can become the architects of their employees, customers, and shareholders’ decision-making. This book details many examples of how applying cutting edge research helps uncover barriers to desired behaviors and create interventions to overcome them.
With over two decades of experience, working with some of the largest organizations in the world to change behavior at scale, she has designed and tested many behavioral interventions to effectively steer decision-making for inclusive organizations. She has advised and implemented major behavior change efforts across a range of public and private organizations, services and topics, to foster better decision making, inclusive leadership, and diverse teams.
Since joining Harvard, Paola has continued to advance the dialogue on diversifying the next generation of leaders. She has developed and taught courses in the interdisciplinary field of law, gender, and organizational behavior. She initiated executive courses and taught at executive programs at Harvard Law School, Harvard Kennedy School and programs organized by the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program and Tufts University. She has extensive experience with leadership development at all levels and functions, leveraging team potential, driving high-performance and innovation, as well as cultural, behavioral and systemic changes in organizations.
Her innovative and unique interdisciplinary work provides actionable strategies and mechanisms that help firms and service providers realize diversity and gender equity. Her work is published in top legal and management journals. Dr. Cecchi Dimeglio’s research relies heavily on big data and field experiments in organizations. She uses behavioral economics, behavioral science, big data and AI to design effective inclusive nudges that can be applied in organizations to increase diverse talent at all levels. She conducts research across business and legal sectors on how to effectively attract, retain, and promote diverse talent and leaders by designing and implementing inclusive “nudges” at critical decision points.
Dr. Cecchi-Dimeglio chairs the committee on Law and Gender for the UN Global Compact, PRME initiative (WGGE). She is a member of the Advisory Council of the American Bar Association, advising the President of the American Bar Association on diversity challenges. She was nominated as Expert-Coordinator for several projects on dispute resolution, lawyers, and gender that were funded by the EU and the UN.
She was awarded several prestigious prizes from federal agencies, on her behavioral and data visualization tools. She is an award-winning author and has published several books and articles on data analytics and behavioral science, leadership, the legal profession, and gender and diversity in leading peer reviews and top management and legal journals.
Her research is featured at Business Insider, in Harvard Business Review (HBR) and The American Lawyer, and at legal websites including Bloomberg Law and Thomson Reuters Legal. She is cited in leading newspapers including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Times and Washington Post.
She is also a monthly columnist for the Legal Executive Institute at Thomson Reuters where she discusses how professional service firms and law firms can navigate a dramatically changing legal environment using data analytics and behavioral science.