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MONICA PARHAM

Monica Parham is a sought-after D&I expert who provides consulting and programming on an array of diversity, inclusion, and talent-facing matters.  She has spoken widely in the area of diversity and inclusion, and has held a number of D&I leadership roles.  She is a former President of the Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals, a Past-President of the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia (the fourth African-American President in the organization's now 101 year history), and current President of the Women’s Bar Association Foundation.  

Monica previously served as Diversity Counsel / Head of Diversity at a major international law firm. Under her leadership, the firm received a number of D&I-facing recognitions, including multi-year recognition as one of Working Mother’s Best Law Firms for Women and as a 100% scorer on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index.  Prior to serving as  Diversity Counsel, Monica spent 12 years in practice as a Commercial Litigator.

From a family of educators, Monica is passionate about access and education as key components of inclusion and empowerment.  She currently sits on two philanthropic Boards and Chairs a scholarship committee focused on public high school and public charter high school students in the District of Columbia.  She also serves on a University Honors College Advisory Board, and has facilitated conversations at both the undergraduate and graduate levels about issues of access and opportunity. 

Monica is a "happy traveler" who is endlessly fascinated by people, places and cultures; an enthusiastic amateur photographer; an adventurous foodie (alas, only on the consumption side); a lover of design and architecture; and an aficionado of sub-heavy music.  

Monica is a graduate of the Yale Law School, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was Phi Beta Kappa and a Morehead-Cain Scholar.