We are pleased to announce the 33 members of the Class of 2021, who will start their Academy experience with an orientation and bonus Module this fall, and begin the curriculum in January.  The Class of 2021 Fellows are:

Aisha Ahmad
Senior Corporate Counsel (IP)
Northrop Grumman Corporation

Stephanie Bagot
Assistant General Counsel, Equity
US International Development Finance Corporation

Suzanne Barr
Associate General Counsel
Fannie Mae

Cecilia Barry
Senior Corporate Counsel
Association of American Medical Colleges

Benjamin Beiter
Corporate Counsel
VMware, Inc.

Stephen Bellotti
Vice President and Associate General Counsel
Ullico Inc.

Clinton Cole
Senior Associate Corporate Counsel
VMware, Inc.

Filicia Davenport
Associate General Counsel
Freddie Mac

Robyn Gray Davis
Senior Legal Counsel
Tredegar Corporation

Will Dean
Associate General Counsel
Freddie Mac

Emily Glendinning
Vice President & Associate General Counsel
BAE Systems, Inc.

Randall Gregory
Deputy GC - Operations, Litigation and IP
BWX Technologies, Inc.

Wei (Samantha) Guo
Associate General Counsel
China Telecom Americas Corporation

Rea Holmes
Director, Associate General Counsel
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Herrin Hopper
Senior Director, Global Legal Affairs & Compliance
Clements Worldwide

Nia Jenkins
Senior Associate General Counsel
UnitedHealth Group (Optum)

Thomas Julian Jr.
Secretary, Risk Manager, and Corporate Counsel
Centennial Contractors Enterprises, Inc.

Joanne Kelly
VP & Chief Counsel
Verizon Media

Joelle Laszlo
Corporate Counsel
Accenture Federal Services LLC

Aida Lebbos
Senior Assistant General Counsel
Henry Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine

Kimberly LeBlanc-Ross
Senior Counsel
American Red Cross

Benjamin Lindorf
General Counsel
Institute for Defense Analyses

Lorna Lunney
Senior Counsel
MAG Aerospace

Ethan Marsh
Senior Counsel
BAE Systems

Sabrina Mays-Diagne
Senior Corporate Attorney
Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.

Christopher Nowack
Senior Counsel
GEICO

Staci Patel
Assistant General Counsel
Leidos, Inc.

Kerry Pollak
Senior Counsel
Plex Systems, Inc.

Nathan Pollard
Officer, Legal Affairs and Associate General Counsel
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Michael Rafferty
Associate General Counsel
Fannie Mae

Michael Spector
Deputy General Counsel
America's Health Insurance Plans

Riana Studner
Assistant General Counsel
Lockheed Martin Corporation

Cristian Torres
Assistant General Counsel
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

If you are thinking about applying for a future Class of the Academy, please browse through this web site and review our FAQs for answers to many of your questions.  For valuable insights into whether the Academy is right for you or a member of your team, click here to listen to a recorded recent discussion among Academy Fellows about their experience and the influence the program has had on their careers.

The application for the Academy Class of 2021 will close on Mon. March 9, 11:59 PM
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(If you want a preview of what the application requires,
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You can hear Academy alumni discuss
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on the webcast archive at https://lnkd.in/eANuqvf
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The Leadership Academy Class of 2020 is highly diverse in terms of industry type, non-profit and for profit representation, size of legal departments and Fellow experience level. Academy Fellows work in a broad array of industries, including: Consulting Firms; Financial Services/Mortgages Companies; Government Contractors; Healthcare/Pharma Companies; Hotel and Hospitality Companies; Investment (REIT, Private Equity) Companies; Charitable or Advocacy Organizations; Technology and Telecomm/Media Companies; Trade Associations; and Utilities.

Twenty-three percent of the Fellows work for non-profit organizations. Thirteen of the Fellows work in legal departments of 10 or fewer lawyers, six work in legal departments ranging from 11 to 50 in size, and 11 work in departments of 51-plus lawyers.

The class is also diverse in terms of experience levels: 12 Fellows have practiced in-house for no more than seven years, with 15 or fewer years total practice experience; another 12 have 8-15 years of in-house experience and up to 20 years of total practice experience; and five Fellows have more than 16 years of in-house experience and more than 21 years of total practice experience.

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