As outgoing Chair Laura Stein steps down after three terms, LCLD is proud to announce that Ellen Dwyer of Crowell & Moring has been named Chair of the Board, effective January 1, 2020. Kim Rivera, President, Strategy and Business Management and Chief Legal Officer of HP Inc. has been named LCLD's Chair-Elect.
A partner in Crowell & Moring's employment practice, Dwyer (below) served as the firm's managing partner for eight years, general counsel, and chair of its promotions, diversity and lawyer development committees during her career. A driving force in creating the legal industry's first sponsorship program to advance talented women and diverse lawyers, Dwyer was recently recognized by Corporate Counsel for her innovative leadership as part of their "Women, Influence and Power in Law."
"It is an honor to serve as chair of LCLD, and I look forward to partnering with in-house counsel and other law firm leaders who share my passion to create environments where women and diverse lawyers can thrive, gain sponsorship, and make enduring positive changes in the profession for the next generation," said Dwyer. "This is an important moment in society, especially for diverse talent, to be visible, to be heard, and to have the agency and opportunities to succeed."
Under Chair-Elect Kim Rivera, who joined HP Inc. in 2016, the company has been recognized as having the most diverse board of directors of any tech Fortune 500 company in America. HP Inc. has received perfect scores on the Disability Equality Index and Corporate Equality Index and was named an LCLD Top Performer in 2018 and 2019. Rivera also led HP's highly successful legal holdback initiative, which challenges law firms to comply with HP's diversity goals for outside counsel.
In other Board news, LCLD announced that Ben Wilson, Chairman of the law firm of Beveridge & Diamond has been named Secretary, and Eric Friedman, Executive Partner of the law firm Skadden, has been named Treasurer.
LCLD also added four new members to its Board of Directors: Deneen Donnley, Senior Vice President and incoming General Counsel, Consolidated Edison of New York, Inc.; Maryanne Lavan, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Lockheed Martin Corp.; Thomas O'Neill, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Exelon Corp.; and Mitchell Zuklie, Chairman and CEO, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.
"LCLD is fortunate to welcome such a talented, experienced, and diverse slate of leaders to the board of directors," said Robert Grey, President of LCLD. "These four individuals bring their own personal commitment to diversity and inclusion and will be instrumental in helping LCLD set and reach new and ambitious goals."