EQUITY TRACK PROGRAM

The MCCA developed the Equity Track Program (“Equity Track” or “Program”) in 2016 to address the lack of diversity within the equity partnership levels at majority law firms as reported by our Law Firm Diversity Survey. After its initial launch, MCCA received feedback and paused to redesign a more comprehensive Equity Track Program.

We relaunched the Program in 2019 to address the continuing lack of diversity at the highest partnership levels in our largest law firms in the U.S. The Equity Track is a twelve-month program and we will select ten underrepresented racial/ethnic group income partners at major law firms for the 2020-2021 Program. Underrepresented racial/ethnic group is defined as African American/Black, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American/Indigenous, and Multiracial.

The Program is designed to achieve three goals: identify, develop and promote underrepresented racial/ethnic group partners to achieve and maintain equity status within their firms.

We will develop the 2020 cohort by providing the following interactive classroom programs: (i) developing relationships that will turn into business; (ii) refining executive presence and communicating with confidence; (iii) mock pitch sessions with senior in-house lawyers; and (iv) navigating politics of billing and origination credit.

The “Kitchen Cabinet” panel comprised of a rainmaker from each partner’s firm, a senior in-house lawyer who has authority to provide a book of business and make introductions to other senior in-house lawyers and an executive coach will focus on promoting the partner during the twelve months but, hopefully beyond. There is no guarantee of business from the in-house counsel.

THE 2020-2021 EQUITY TRACK APPLICATION IS NOW CLOSED.

To view an example of this past year’s application, please click here.

EQUITY TRACK PROGRAM

The MCCA developed the Equity Track Program (“Equity Track” or “Program”) in 2016 to address the lack of diversity within the equity partnership levels at majority law firms as reported by our Law Firm Diversity Survey. After its initial launch, MCCA received feedback and paused to redesign a more comprehensive Equity Track Program.

We relaunched the Program in 2019 to address the continuing lack of diversity at the highest partnership levels in our largest law firms in the U.S. The Equity Track is a twelve-month program and we will select ten underrepresented racial/ethnic group income partners at major law firms for the 2020-2021 Program. Underrepresented racial/ethnic group is defined as African American/Black, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/
Latinx, Native American/Indigenous, and Multiracial.

The Program is designed to achieve
three goals: identify, develop and promote underrepresented racial/ethnic group partners to achieve and maintain equity status within their firms.

We will develop the 2020 cohort by providing the following interactive classroom programs: (i) developing relationships that will turn into business; (ii) refining executive presence and communicating with confidence; (iii) mock pitch sessions with senior in-house lawyers; and (iv) navigating politics of billing and origination credit.

The “Kitchen Cabinet” panel comprised of
a rainmaker from each partner’s firm, a senior in-house lawyer who has authority to provide a book of business and make introductions to other senior in-house lawyers and an executive coach will focus on promoting the partner during the twelve months but, hopefully beyond. There is no guarantee of business from the in-house counsel.

THE 2020-2021 EQUITY TRACK APPLICATION IS NOW CLOSED.

To view an example of this past year’s application, please click here.

2019-2020 Equity Track Participants

Juan Arteaga

Crowell & Moring LLP

MEET JUAN  >

Cyndie Chang

Cyndie Chang

Duane Morris LLP

MEET CYNDIE  >

Estela Diaz

Estela Diaz

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

MEET ESTELA  >

Lewis Goss II

Lewis Goss II

Arent Fox LLP

MEET LEWIS  >

Sonny Haynes

Sonny Haynes

Partner,
Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP

MEET SONNY  >

Tamaron Houston

TAMARON HOUSTON

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

MEET TAMARON  >

Karen Jordan

KAREN JORDAN

Dentons US LLP

MEET KAREN  >

Tamaron Houston

AMANDEEP SIDHU

Winston & Strawn LLP

MEET AMANDEEP  >

Tiffany Smith

TIFFANY SMITH

Partner,
WilmerHale

MEET TIFFANY  >

Geoffrey Young

GEOFFREY YOUNG

Reed Smith LLP

MEET GEOFFREY  >

Equity Track Mentors

IRIS CHEN

Deputy General Counsel,
Airbnb, Inc.

MEET IRIS  >

SHEILA DAVIDSON

Executive Vice President & Chief Legal Officer,
New York Life Insurance Company

MEET SHEILA  >

JENNIFER LAGUNAS

Vice President, Corporate Legal, Governance, Operations & Assistant Corporate Secretary,
AbbVie

MEET JENNIFER  >

KERI MATTHEWS

Principal, Head of Employment Law Group,
The Vanguard Group, Inc.

MEET KERI  >

ALEXIS MENDOZA

Vice President, General Counsel,
Nokia

MEET ALEXIS  >

LAURA MERIANOS

Principal,
The Vanguard Group, Inc.

MEET LAURA  >

LANESHA MINNIX

Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary,
Flowserve Corporation

MEET LANESHA  >

MICHAEL TANG

Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary,
Agilent Technologies, Inc.

MEET MICHAEL  >

NEIL WILCOX

Executive Vice President & Head of Corporate Social Responsibility,
Fiserv, Inc.

MEET NEIL  >

SIMONE WU

Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary & External Affairs,
Choice Hotels International, Inc.

MEET SIMONE  >

JENNIFER YOKOYAMA

Vice President, Deputy General Counsel & Chief IP Counsel,
Microsoft Corporation

MEET JENNIFER  >

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