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Eric S. Eissenstat – Continental Resources

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Though oil and natural gas companies had been mired in the Great Recession, along with so many other industries, an energy renaissance of sorts seemed to be dawning when Eric S. Eissenstat was approached by his friend and longtime client, Harold Hamm, in late 2010. A self-made billionaire and executive chairman and founder of Oklahoma […]

Ellen Sheedy – KEEN

Est. reading time: 4 mins

While working as an attorney at Perkins Coie in Portland, Oregon, Ellen Sheedy would often take quick breaks to walk around the neighborhood. During these jaunts, she says she probably passed the global headquarters of footwear company KEEN 1,000 times. Sheedy knew that the company had a long-standing connection to making the outdoors accessible, a passion […]

Eric Banta – Voya

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Eric Banta fell in love with Colorado as a young man, drawn to the mountains, the skiing and the climate as a backdrop to his studies. By the time he joined the corporate legal department for ING U.S. in 1996, the state had become something else: home. So when the financial services company (rebranded as […]

Ed Abrao-Netto – HSM Solutions

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When a mattress is thrown away, it might sit in a landfill for decades, or even centuries, before decomposing. Considering the foam, glue, wood and metal coils, plus the size of mattresses, they don’t break down easily. Recycling them is a challenge too, because they need to be torn apart—a tiring, time consuming and often […]

Evelio Hernández Salazar – Sanofi

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Even in high school, Sanofi Legal Counsel Evelio Hernández Salazar knew he wanted to make a career of helping people. When he joined Sanofi, and the COVID-19 pandemic arrived, he certainly got his chance. Working for the global life sciences pharmaceutical company from his office in Panama City, Hernández says COVID-19 turned the world upside […]

Erica Powell Bell – Mobex Global

Est. reading time: 3 mins

While growing up in Alabama and learning in her elementary class about the state’s troubled history related to slavery, segregation and civil rights, Erica Powell Bell figured it out. She knew what she wanted to do. “I told myself I wanted to do something that ensured that those types of atrocities, like slavery and Jim […]

Elicia Pegues Spearman – Quinnipiac University

Est. reading time: 5 mins

The highest-ranking security clearances handed out by the U.S. Department of Justice: secret and top secret. Elicia Pegues Spearman has held both. She received top-secret security clearance while working at the FBI. More recently, in her last position, she received secret security clearance at Groton, Connecticut-based General Dynamics Electric Boat, which—among other things—builds nuclear submarines. […]

Erich Drotleff – Availity

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Erich Drotleff remembers working for a health plan in California as a recent college graduate, carefully negotiating managed care deals with hospital and medical group administrators within contractual guidelines. What he couldn’t do was approve proposed language alternatives or seal the deal by giving the ultimate contract approval—simply because he wasn’t a lawyer. That changed, […]

Ed Phillips – Mon Health

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Nothing fills the heart of Ed Phillips like seeing a mother cradle her newborn or watching a patient successfully work a new set of crutches after a hospital stay. Both instances, he says, show elements of renewal and healing, what Mon Health is all about. His introduction to hospitals traces back to his rough ‘n’ […]

Evan Howard – CAAT Pension Plan

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Sitting at his desk in Toronto, Evan Howard can honestly say success breeds success. When Howard began working at CAAT Pension Plan in 2012 as its first in-house lawyer, he remembers it being poised for growth, with 60 employees and 30 participating employers. Assets under management were just under $6 billion. Fast-forward eight years and […]

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