Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Michele Meyer-Shipp is the chief diversity and inclusion officer at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP. In this role she is responsible for developing and promoting all diversity management practices across the firm, ensuring that the firm’s foundational principles of inclusiveness and diversity are reflected in its internal and external policies, work and practices.
Ms. Meyer-Shipp joins the firm from Prudential Financial Inc., where she served as employment counsel from 2010 to 2012, and then as vice president and chief diversity officer from 2012 through 2017. In the latter role, Ms. Meyer-Shipp was responsible for leading and supporting all diversity and inclusion efforts for the company and for ensuring ongoing compliance with equal employment opportunity laws. During her tenure as chief diversity officer, the organization was consistently recognized by DiversityInc as among the “Top 50 Companies for Diversity,” including multiple appearances in the top 10.
Prior to her employment at Prudential, Ms. Meyer-Shipp worked in the public sector as general counsel of the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor and as director of the New Jersey Division of Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action. Ms. Meyer-Shipp also worked at Merrill Lynch as employment counsel and leader of diversity and inclusion efforts for the global wealth management business. She started her career in private practice as an employment litigator after serving as a law clerk for the New Jersey Supreme Court.
Ms. Meyer-Shipp has served on the boards of GLSEN, Inc. (the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network), Women Presidents’ Organization, the American Conference on Diversity and the National Organization on Disability. She is an active member of several professional associations and recently completed her tenure as co-chair of the Asia Society Global Talent and Diversity Council.