I, Deborah Telman, personally commit to the following:

Personal Commitments

  • Serve as an Executive Sponsor to Organon & Co.’s Black Leaders Network (BLN) and serve as a strategic partner to Organon’s CEO and Talent & Diversity Team on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) issues.
  • Use my voice and influence to publicly advocate for systemic change to address DEIB impediments in the legal community
  • Participate in and support the development programs of the Leadership Counsel on Legal Diversity (LCLD).
  • Support our Pro Bono Committee and partner with schools that have people of color population and support the mentoring of those students
  • Partner with panel firms in developing law students and early in career legal talent through internship and mentoring programs
  • Help enable partnership opportunities by working with panel firms to identify those diverse lawyers and guide and develop them in the years leading up to partnership.

Organizational Commitments

  • Formalize and enhance Organon’s Office of General Counsel DEIB Program, including HR practices, talent development, supplier diversity, metrics and accountability for senior leaders
  • Intentional development of diverse Organon legal talent, including, but not limited to, development opportunities through LCLD, Corporate Counsel of Women of Color, Women of Color in Pharma (WOCIP) and/or the Executive Leadership Council
  • Develop rotation and stretch opportunities for diverse Law Department attorneys to enhance their visibility and position them well for advancement
  • Commitment to use diverse law firms and other service providers owned by Women, POC and Veterans


  • Internal diversity & inclusion metrics
  • Supplier diversity metrics -tracking of diverse attorney utilization within diverse law firms and panel law firms
  • Succession plans metric
  • Promotion pipeline diversity
  • Education and training programs/opportunities on DEIB issues and objectives
  • CCWOC/LCLD/ELC/WOCIP development engagement
  • Public engagement – legal diversity, equity and inclusion issues
  • Incorporate SMART goals that captures the value attorneys are doing outside of client support, i.e., involvement in diversity programs, recruiting, mentoring and pro-bono work

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