Yaneris M. Rosa is the Assistant General Counsel of Honeywell Security and Fire, a division of Honeywell International Inc. Prior to joining Honeywell, Yaneris was the Associate General Counsel of Planet Payment, Inc., a New York based start-up where Yaneris worked on a variety of transactions, including the company’s IPO and listing on the NASDAQ. Yaneris started her career as a Corporate Associate at Simpson Thacher and Bartlett LLP, where she was a member of the Advisory Council to the firm’s Diversity Committee and also managed pro bono matters.
Since the inception of her legal career, Yaneris has been committed to diversity and inclusion and is leading the way in advocating for a diverse workforce. Yaneris is a member of Honeywell’s Legal and Government Relations Diversity and Inclusion Council responsible for the diversity initiatives of the legal department. She is also a member of a cross functional Home and Buildings Technologies Diversity Council responsible for diversity initiatives of the business. In 2015, Yaneris was selected to represent Honeywell as a Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), a national organization working to build a more open and diverse legal profession.
Yaneris is very passionate about education initiatives, especially those that provide opportunities for minority children and those from underprivileged backgrounds. Yaneris mentors high school, college and law students and serves on the Board of the Harvard Law School Black Alumni Network. She is an active member of Jack and Jill of America- Suffolk County Chapter and is an active member of the Community Service and Fundraising committees. She serves on the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Alumni Association Trustee Council. She also serves on the Board of the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO), which is committed to diversifying the legal profession by expanding legal education opportunities to minority, low-income and disadvantaged groups. Last but not least, Yaneris serves on the Advisory Board of the Mariposa DR Foundation, an organization in her native Dominican Republic that aims to eradicate extreme poverty and achieve universal primary education.
Yaneris was born in Dominican Republic and moved to Freeport, New York at the age of 10. Yaneris and her mother left their native Dominican Republic seeking a better life but the transition to America was not easy, as they adjusted to a new culture, language, and way of life. Yaneris went on to receive her Bachelor of Science in Policy Analysis and Management, with concentrations in Latino Studies and African Diaspora Studies, from Cornell University and her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. During her career, Yaneris has received a host of awards for her professional accomplishments and community service. Over the course of the last three years, Yaneris received: Chambers and Partners Future Leader in Gender Diversity Award (June 2016), which celebrates achievements of trailblazers who have brought dramatic improvements to the legal profession. Yaneris was listed in On Being a Lawyer of Color Hot List (2014). Yaneris also received various awards at Honeywell including: Bravo Gold Award (June 2016) for providing excellent support to the Sale and Marketing team; Bravo Gold Award (November 2016) for leading the cross functional implementation of DocuSign and 5 STAR Award in recognition of outstanding efforts to build a 5 STAR culture and deliver a 5 STAR experience to Honeywell’s customers. Yaneris understands that a diverse culture provides a competitive advantage that enables Honeywell’s global teams to generate new and better ideas faster and to more effectively collaborate and innovate.
Assistant General Counsel
Areas of Practice
Communications Leader for the Law and Government Relations Diversity and Inclusion Council; Member of Extended Data Privacy Team; Member of Honeywell CLE Committee; Leader of the HBT Diversity Council
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