The first step in building an inclusive culture is having a general understanding of where an organization sits in its journey along a continuum of best practices. It is not a one-size fits all equation, so assessing the various DEI components will help to facilitate open discussions focused on creating an action plan towards building a more diverse, inclusive and equitable organization where everyone feels that they have a voice and collectively contribute to the overall nonprofit mission.
Michelle C. Ifill, Esq.
For over two decades, Ms. Ifill, has been providing legal professionals, corporate executives, as well as staff with a broad array of advice and counsel on a wide range of organizational diversity, inclusion and equity issues. Focused on transformational leadership, Ms. Ifill has seen the success that follows when teams feel personal empowered to not only recognize, but embrace differences.
As the former Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Verizon Corporate Services Group, Inc., Ms. Ifill was responsible for primary legal oversight and support of Information Technology and Cyber Security, as well as the Chief Administrative Office. Before this most recent appointment, Ms. Ifill was Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for Verizon’s Enterprise Solutions legal organization. In this capacity, she managed over 100 attorneys and staff persons responsible for representing the legal and regulatory interests for Verizon’s $18 billion global business unit which oversees all of Verizon's wireless, wireline, IT and Cloud capabilities for enterprise and government customers globally.
Ms. Ifill was a Founder and Co-Chair of the (former MCI) Verizon Legal Diversity & Inclusion Council, and is a Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees for SUNY Purchase College Foundation, as well as Governance Chair. Active in the mentoring of students and young professionals, Ms. Ifill is an Advisory Board Member of the Ron Brown Scholars Program, a program that focuses on providing mentoring and scholarship assistance to promising high school students of color. Ms. Ifill develops and facilitates workshops and corporate training on diversity and inclusion issues and also provides career coaching and counseling to legal professionals and corporate executives. She is a much sought-after speaker on the importance of inclusion, women in the workplace, gender equity, implicit bias and the role that empathy and emotional intelligence plays in successful leadership.
Ms. Ifill received a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University and her law degree from Harvard Law School.
Neonu Jewell, J.D., M.B.A. Partner WE Consulting
Transformational Leadership, Inclusion, & Interreligious Engagement Consultant I Career Coach | Speaker
Neonu is committed to creating transformative results in the world and lives by the mantra that “when one succeeds, we all succeed.” She has over 20 years of facilitation, training, legal and corporate experience. Her focus is transformational leadership, personal empowerment and promoting inclusive cultures where people can live and work together effectively across differences. She develops and facilitate webinars, workshops, and corporate training. She also provides strategic leadership support and executive coaching. She is a member of the teaching faculty for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s (“LCLD”) Pathfinder Program and Momentum Education’s Leadership Program.
As a former practicing attorney, she launched her legal career as a corporate and international regulatory compliance attorney at Thompson Hine LLP in Washington, D.C. She later served as International Trade Counsel in Fortune 100 companies (e.g., Accenture, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon) and was recruited by the CEO to become the President and General Counsel of a technology company. Career highlights include facilitating seminars for thousands of people, supporting hundreds of individual clients achieve extraordinary personal results and designing and deploying compliance training to over 10,000 global employees.
She holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law School as well as both a M.B.A. and a B.S. in Business Administration from Florida A & M University (FAMU). She will earn a Master’s in Divinity from Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University May, 2021.
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