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Employer of Choice Award

MCCA’s vision is to make the next generation of legal leaders as diverse as the world we live in. One way we strive to accomplish this goal is to recognize and honor outstanding law departments that are leading the charge in change and helping diverse attorneys break through the concrete ceiling. The Employer of Choice Award (the “EOC”) is designed to spotlight industry-leading Fortune 500 corporate legal departments who have succeeded in creating, implementing and maintaining a legal department that is focused on diversity, inclusion and equity.
MCCA publicly recognizes those organizations that are successful at recruiting, retaining, and developing, today’s best and brightest legal talent as the Employer of Choice. The selection criteria include:

  • alignment of diversity activities and principles with long-term, corporate-wide strategic initiatives;
  • commitment from senior leadership that translates into measurable objectives at the business unit level;
  • use of metrics and/or scorecards for accountability (impact, effectiveness and sustainability);
  • compensation of senior management in the legal department tied to the results of diversity efforts;
  • substantive training programs;
  • demonstrated institutional implementation or design of policies and practices that support people in doing their best work and developing to their fullest potential;
  • leadership through creating an environment that eliminates barriers to communication and encourages everyone’s contribution; and
  • formal programs or policies that value, encourage, and enable individual attorney growth and improvement (e.g. mentoring, skills development seminars, etc.).

To see how nominations were evaluated, download the scorecard template.

2021 EOC Award National Winner

Award Accepted by: Laura Schumacher,
Vice Chair, External Affairs & Chief Legal Officer

About AbbVie

AbbVie’s mission is to discover and deliver innovative medicines that solve serious health issues today and address the medical challenges of tomorrow. We strive to have a remarkable impact on people’s lives across several key therapeutic areas: immunology, oncology, neuroscience, eye care, virology, women’s health and gastroenterology, in addition to products and services across its Allergan Aesthetics portfolio.

2020 EOC Award National Winner

Award Accepted by: Sean Johnston,
Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer

2019 EOC Award National Winner

Award Accepted by: Kelly Mahon Tullier,
Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

2019 EOC Award Regional and International Winners

Click on the logos below to view the regional and inaugural international winners’ videos presented at the 2019 Diversity Gala awards ceremony.

2018 EOC Award National Winner

Award Accepted by: Mark S. Howard,
Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer

2018 EOC Award Regional Winners

Click on the logos below to view the regional winners’ videos presented at the 2018 Diversity Gala awards ceremony.

2017 EOC Award Winner

Award Accepted by: Craig Silliman,
Executive Vice President of Public Policy & General Counsel

2017 EOC Award Finalists

Click on the logos below to view the finalists’ videos presented at the 2017 Diversity Gala awards ceremony.

 Strategic Members 2021

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