Cybersecurity Summit

The ACC Foundation will host a one-day Cybersecurity Summit in Washington, D.C. at the American University Washington College of Law on January 31, 2017.  The Summit will further explore key topics of interest stemming from the recent release of the ACC Foundation State of Cybersecurity Report.  Cybersecurity touches every aspect of consumer and corporate culture today, and vulnerabilities present grave financial, legal and reputational risks to the enterprise and individuals.  Preventing, preparing for and responding to data breaches in real time are chief concerns for organizations.  This Summit is a unique way to engage and educate professionals concerning this timely topic and will offer educational sessions for attendees to sharpen their cybersecurity skills and knowledge.  For additional information and registration click here.

Cause & Effect: Why Women Leave The Legal Profession

There has never been a better time to capitalize on the talents of female in-house counsel yet, women face real barriers to advancement. High-performing female lawyers exiting the legal profession leave a "leaky pipeline" to senior legal positions. It is in these senior positions that women have the greatest effect on the bottom line; hence, efforts to repair this pipeline may be necessary sooner rather than later. ... [ full article ]

An On-Ramp to the C-Suite: A Joint Initiative Aims to Return Motivated Female Lawyers to Corporate Counsel Roles Nationwide

Metropolitan Corporate Counsel features a Q&A with ACC President and CEO Veta T. Richardson and Caren Ulrich Stacy, Founder and CEO of Diversity Lab and OnRamp Fellowship, about "OnRamp In-House," a re-entry program for women lawyers returning to the workforce after an extended hiatus. To read the full article, visit

Mission Statement

The ACC Foundation – a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization – supports the efforts of the Association of Corporate Counsel, serving the needs of the in-house bar through the dissemination of research and surveys, leadership and professional development opportunities, and support of diversity and pro-bono initiatives.

The ACC Foundation partners with corporations, law firms, legal service providers and bar associations to assist in the furtherance of these goals.

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Board of Directors

  • Veta T. Richardson
  • Foundation President
  • President & Chief Executive Officer
  • Association of Corporate Counsel
  • Mike Savage
  • Vice President of Marketing Solutions

  • Kevin Buck
  • Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
  • Association of Corporate Counsel
  • Patricia J. Trudeau
  • Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer
  • Association of Corporate Counsel

  • Pamela Everhart
  • SVP, Government Relations
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Gregory W. Fortsch
  • Senior Legal Counsel – Regulatory
  • NBTY, Inc.

  • Linda Lu
  • SVP, Chief Litigation Officer
    Litigation and Employment Counseling
    Office of the Chief Legal and Governance Officer
  • Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company