Verna Myers Consulting Group, LLC
Organization Type: Consulting Firm
Functional Area: Consulting
Year of Induction: 2014
100 Harborview Dr., Suite 1402
Baltimore, MD 21230
Vernā Myers, Esq., principal of Vernā Myers Consulting Group, LLC (VMCG), is a nationally recognized expert on diversity and inclusion within law firms, law departments and law schools. Vernā is a dynamic speaker and creative advisor in support of creating inclusive environments and improving the recruitment, retention and advancement of underrepresented groups.
VMCG has collaborated with over 100 legal clients to effect sustainable organizational change by conducting cultural assessments, developing comprehensive strategic diversity action plans informed by her knowledge of cross-cultural competencies, and facilitating compelling and interactive workshops in the U.S. and around the globe. A highly sought after speaker at numerous conferences worldwide, Vernā sponsors the highly successful annual Opus Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Large Law Firms, and frequently is the keynote speaker at bar and legal association meetings, law firm partner and leadership retreats, women’s conferences, and affinity group forums.
Vernā is the author of “Moving Diversity Forward: How To Go From Well-Meaning To Well-Doing,” a best seller published by the American Bar Association in 2011. A second book also published by the ABA, “What If I Say the Wrong Thing? 25 Habits For Culturally Effective People” was released August 2013 and also tops the best seller list.In 2014, Vernā was elected as a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management. She is also currently a Board Member of UC Hastings College of Law’s Work Life Law program. In 2010, Pepper Hamilton LLP awarded Ms. 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, Vernā 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: increasing minority recruitment; conducting diversity and sexual harassment trainings; and performing outreach to the state’s diverse population. Vernā practiced corporate and real estate law in Boston for six years at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, LLP and Fitch, Wiley, Richlin & Tourse, LLP. Vernā graduated from Harvard Law School and received a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Barnard College, Columbia University.
CITATION UPON INDUCTION INTO THE COLLEGE
Transforming the legal profession is a difficult thing – but Verna Myers is doing that: firm by firm, step by step, book by book. As one of the profession’s leading experts on diversity and inclusion, she is a leader in educating and inspiring lawyers to embrace the changes that are needed to make our profession reflect all of American society. She helps her clients turn “diversity” from an abstraction into a reality that inspires new ways of thinking and behaving. She speaks to the head and the heart – and the funny bone, too, delivering serious lessons in an upbeat way that engages people rather than putting them off. She succeeds because her passion is personal, her message is irrefutable, and people easily relate to her. In a global marketplace, law firm success will increasingly depend on the ability to attract, retain, and optimize a diverse array of talent. Verna is showing firms how to do it, and leading us all to a more vibrant and inclusive profession.