Vernā Myers

2013 Speaker

Vernā Myers, Esq., is principal of Vernā Myers Consulting Group, LLC (VMCG), and is a nationally recognized expert on diversity and inclusion within law firms, law departments and law schools.  A highly sought after speaker at numerous conferences worldwide, Myers sponsors her own successful annual Opus Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Large Law Firms. Myers is the author of “Moving Diversity Forward: How To Go From Well-Meaning To Well-Doing,” published by the American Bar Association in 2011. In 2010, Pepper Hamilton LLP awarded Myers its “Diversity Champion” award. In 2009 she was chosen as one of The Network Journal’s “25 Influential Black Women in Business” and in 2008, one of The Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s “Diversity Heroes”. Prior to establishing VMCG, Myers was the first Executive Director of The Boston Law Firm Group, a consortium of firms committed to increasing racial/ethnic diversity.  She served as Deputy Chief of Staff for the Attorney General of Massachusetts (1997-99), where she executed a comprehensive diversity and inclusion initiative. Myers practiced corporate and real estate law in Boston for six years at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, LLP and Fitch, Wiley, Richlin & Tourse, LLP. Myers graduated from Harvard Law School and received a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Barnard College, Columbia University.  www.movingdiversityforward.com

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