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ACC earns the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) 2022 Power of Associations Silver Award for DEI initiatives that are advanced through the ACC Foundation.

Since its relaunch by ACC in 2014, the ACC Foundation has worked to further the mission of ACC through numerous DEI initiatives to increase the participation of under-represented groups within the corporate in-house counsel community and the legal profession as a whole. ACC Foundation director, Jennifer Chen, engaged the entire ACC team in support of the following four signature programs that have been recognized by ASAE as impactful:

  • Global Women in Law & Leadership Annual Conference
  • Pro Bono Jumpstart ("PBJ") Grant Program
  • I.D.E.A.L. (Inform – Discuss – Equip – Act – Lead) Initiative
  • The DEI Maturity Model

“An integral part of ACC’s mission is to expand diversity, equity, and inclusion in corporate legal departments and throughout the legal community,” said Veta T. Richardson, president of ACC and the ACC Foundation. “This commitment to DEI influences our daily operations and informs how we serve our members globally. Our team worked incredibly hard to organize a variety of unique initiatives that spotlighted the importance of incorporating DEI in our businesses and in our communities and highlighted the critical role in-house counsel can play to advance DEI objectives. We are grateful to ASAE for their recognition of these efforts, and we look forward to continuing to share these initiatives with our members and beyond.”

“Congratulations to Association of Corporate Counsel for exemplifying the impact associations have on the industries and professions they represent, and on society at large,” said ASAE President and CEO Michelle Mason, FASAE, CAE. “It’s always so incredibly satisfying to see associations going above and beyond their everyday mission to change the world. We’re very proud to spotlight this award-winning initiative.”

To learn more about ACC’s DEI initiatives, visit here.

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The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) is a global legal association that promotes the common professional and business interests of in-house counsel who work for corporations, associations and other organizations through information, education, networking, and advocacy. With more than 45,000 members in 85 countries employed by over 10,000 organizations, ACC connects its members to the people and resources necessary for both personal and professional growth. By in-house counsel, for in-house counsel.® For more information, visit and follow ACC on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.

About The Power of Associations Awards

ASAE’s Power of Associations Awards recognize the associations’ economic and societal contributions locally, nationally and globally. The Power of Associations Awards reward outstanding initiatives in five categories: Industry/Professional Advancement, Community Support and Engagement, Global Development, Diversity and Inclusion and Advocacy. ASAE will celebrate The Power of Associations Award winners during its annual Summit Awards Dinner on September 29, 2022, at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.