H. Juanita (Nita) M. Beecher
Nita Beecher is the compliance chair for Mercer’s U.S. Diversity Networks, and chair of the Employment Law & Litigation Group (ELLG), a network of senior corporate in-house labor and employment lawyers. She has more than 25 years' experience in labor and employment law particularly with class investigations by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). After serving as an in-house counsel in major corporations for more than 20 years, she joined ORC Networks in 2000, and became the chair of the Employment Law & Litigation Group in 2003. Ms Beecher began leading the compliance aspect of Mercer’s Workforce Opportunity Network, a network of senior diversity, EEO, and affirmative action corporate practitioners, in 2006. In that role, Ms. Beecher works with the OFCCP and the EEOC on matters of interest to WON and ELLG members. Ms. Beecher began her career in the Law Department at E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. Her other experience includes positions at Consolidation Coal Company, Arch Mineral (now Arch Coal), and McDonnell Douglas/The Boeing Company. Ms. Beecher holds an A.B. degree in Latin from the University of North Carolina and a law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law in Chapel Hill. She is a member of the American Bar Association and its EEO subdivision. She is admitted to the bar in North Carolina and Pennsylvania.Contact information: Nita Beecher Compliance Chair U.S. Diversity Networks/Chair Employment Law & Litigation Group (ELLG) Mercer 500 Fifth Avenue, Fifth Floor New York, NY 10110 USA Tel.: +1-212-852-0436 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jacqueline R. Scott
Jacqueline R. Scott has significant experience and expertise in adjudicating both U.S. and international commercial and employment disputes. She served for many years as the United States' Member and First Vice President of the United Nations Administrative Tribunal (UNAT), the seven-member, independent appellate forum of last resort that adjudicates claims made by United Nations employees, worldwide. She is based in Washington, DC and also regularly adjudicates international disputes in both New York, NY and Geneva, Switzerland. Drawing on years of experience in the securities industry, as an attorney for an international financial institution, Ms. Scott has served in the United States as an arbitrator for the securities industry, with the National Association of Securities Dealers. She has also served as a judge in the selection of award winners presented by the HR Leadership Awards of Greater Washington, in recognition of exemplary contributions of outstanding human resource executives in the Washington, DC area.
Patrice HallPatrice A. Hall joined ORC Network’s in 2006 as a leader of the Global Equality, Diversity and Inclusion practice. Regarded as a subject-matter expert in diversity, she advises organizations in both the private and public sectors in designing and implementing customized diversity strategies. She also manages a team of professionals who facilitate peer networking groups for executives in diversity, compliance, equality, and employment law at more than 200 major organizations based in and outside of the United States. Patrice comes to ORC from a 21-year career at JPMorgan Chase. There she served as managing director and global diversity executive for the investment bank where she helped to initiate a culture of inclusive leadership for 19,000 employees worldwide. For the past ten years, she designed and implemented numerous diversity best practice initiatives, including systems of accountability for senior managers, innovative approaches to broad-based employee engagement, and formal and informal career development initiatives for colleagues at all organizational levels. She also held the position of diversity executive for the consumer bank for five years, where she led teams in the creation and implementation of business-specific diversity strategies for over 45,000 managers and staff across the United States. Her career in the financial services industry included managing functions as diverse as back office operations, sales and service, and strategic planning and analysis, and leading groups ranging in size from two to 200. Patrice received her undergraduate degree in psychology, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a National Achievement Scholar and vice president of the Black Student League. She earned her M.B.A. degree from the Harvard Business School. Patrice also holds the professional insurance certification of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), and she is an advisory board member of the Educational Equity Center at the Academy for Educational Development (EEC at ED), a national not-for-profit whose mission is to eliminate inequities that are barriers to children's learning. Patrice was a 2005 Harlem YMCA Black Achiever in Industry, and a former INROADS Business Advisor of the Year.
David S. Fortney has practiced law for over 25 years and provides broad-based experience and expertise in labor and employment matters. Mr. Fortney has been recognized as one of the leading employment lawyers in Washington, D.C. in the 2010 and 2009 editions of the Best Lawyers in America, as well as in the CHAMBERS USA survey of America's Leading Lawyers for Business in 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, and 2005. He has also been awarded an "AV" rating (the highest level) by Martindale-Hubbell, and he is a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Mr. Fortney’s practice focuses on a wide array of compliance initiatives and litigation matters involving OFCCP, wage and hour, compensation, equal employment opportunity, and labor matters. He advises clients in developing and implementing strategic plans involving federal agencies, Congress, and the press, that enhance a client’s reputation and take into account the interests of various stakeholders, including stockholders, the workforce, and customers. Mr. Fortney served as the Acting Solicitor of Labor and held other senior policy positions in the U.S. Department of Labor. His practice continues to involve the federal agencies regulating the workplace. Among his recent accomplishments, he served on the National Advisory Committee for Labor Provisions of U.S. Free Trade Agreements, served on the Presidential Task Force on the 21st Century Workplace, and testified before Congress and a state legislative committee on the recently enacted overtime regulations.Contact information:
David S. Fortney
Fortney & Scott, LLC
1750 K Street, NW, Suite 325
Washington, DC 20006 USA