“If you don’t know where you are going, then it doesn’t matter which road you take, you’ll remain lost.” – Veta T. Richardson
Veta T. Richardson is the president and CEO of a global nonprofit professional association of 45,000 lawyers, serving over 10,000 companies across 85 countries. Under Veta’s direction, the organization sets the standard for in-house counsel, representing close to 100 percent of the Fortune 100 and over half of the Global 1000. She is the driving force behind record-breaking growth in all key sectors, including a greater than 50% revenue growth. Veta has experience leading multi-billion-dollar M&A transactions, corporate financings, securities disclosure, and investor communications, as well as corporate governance issues. In addition to the groundbreaking work for the non-profit, Veta has been an adjunct professor at both Georgetown University Law Center and Howard University’s College of Fine Arts. She received a B.S. in Business Management and a J.D. from the University of Maryland.
As a speaker and author, Veta is creating a roadmap for others to hone their potential in business and life. Veta was a nationally recognized thought leader regarding diversity and inclusion in the legal sector, serving as an advisor to three U.S. Presidential Administrations (Clinton, Bush, Obama) and garnering multiple awards for best-in-class programs while she was executive director of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. Veta sits on the Strategic Advisory Board of Ethisphere, Inc., a for-profit corporation that advances business integrity, compliance, and ethics as a strategic advantage and annually selects The World’s Most Ethical Companies. She has expertise in the area of corporate governance and is a Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors, holds the NACD Certified Directorship Credential, and was named to the prestigious Directorship 100 list four times.
Hers is a story that is still unfolding, but Veta is cementing a legacy of success through commitment to her core values and a drive to inspire others to dream bigger.