The Association of Corporate Counsel's (ACC) recommendations on general counsel and corporate governance practices were incorporated into the recently released National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Blue Ribbon Commission on Culture as a Corporate Asset. ACC's thought leadership paper explores how the general counsel can be a key ally in establishing a corporate culture that supports ethical behavior and legal/regulatory compliance. The Blue Ribbon Commission Report picks up on that theme in its recommendation that directors assess whether the general counsel and other key risk management roles are well-positioned within management and in relation to the board to support an appropriate culture. This issue is further discussed in a video by ACC and the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance, featuring ACC CEO and President Veta T. Richardson, Gloria Santona, former general counsel of McDonalds, and Ann Mule, associate director of the Weinberg Center.
Melissa Kennedy of Sun Life Financial on the Importance of Sustainability and Diversity Initiatives in Strengthening Your Legal DepartmentCLO Perspectives
Melissa Kennedy, Executive Vice-President, Chief Legal Officer and Public Affairs of Sun Life Financial is proud to lead a legal department that provides a strategic voice for a company that serves nearly 37 million clients worldwide. What's step one in this process? "Remaining ahead of the curve," Kennedy answers.
Source: ACC CLO Club Roundtable: Developing Women Leaders
James Hunter, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Marriott Vacations Worldwide on the Street Law Corporate Diversity Pipeline
James Hunter, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Marriott Vacations Worldwide discusses below how his ACC membership has aided others, through participation in the Street Law program.
"I am a huge fan of Street Law and am extremely grateful for ACC's support Law Corporate Diversity Pipeline. For over 10 years, our law department has participated in the Street Law Corporate Diversity Pipeline program, which tackles the lack of diversity in the legal profession by focusing on strategies to encourage students of color to enter the legal profession. The program provides students with role models, connections with legal professionals, and opportunities to experience the types of work lawyers do. It broadens their impressions of the legal profession and fuels their interest in legal careers. The program has grown significantly over the last decade, and now involves over 50 well-known companies that team up with local high schools across the country. Street Law offers a number of programs in which lawyers and legal professionals both in-house and at law firms can participate. The extraordinary staff at Street Law are happy to help match people up with opportunities to get involved."
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