Category: Community Outreach

MCCA’s Mission and Diversity & The Bar

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Minority Corporate Counsel Association
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While serving Amgen Inc. as a senior vice president and chief compliance officer, Anna Richo, JD, has 25 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. Anna Richo was highlighted in an online article by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association for her achievements overseeing litigation for companies such as the Baxter Healthcare Corporation.

Founded in 1997, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) supports attorneys of minority backgrounds in corporate legal departments and law firms. The organization focuses on research and training to build awareness about its mission. In addition, it publishes Diversity & The Bar, a magazine distributed to Association members every two months.

Diversity & The Bar reaches more than 35,000 readers, most of whom are senior in-house legal advisors and attorneys. The readership is split nearly in half between genders. Among the topics discussed in 2015 were best practices for diversity professionals, the winners of the MCCA’s Rainmakers Award, and the recipients of the Lloyd M. Johnson Jr. Scholarship. In addition, the magazine published a feature article about rising stars in the corporate legal field.

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UCB Societal Responsibility Fund Helps People with Epilepsy

As the executive vice president and general counsel for UCB in Brussels, Belgium, Anna Richo focuses on the company’s intellectual property, legal, and corporate compliance departments. Anna Richo utilizes more than 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry to perform her work with the international biopharmaceutical company.

Dedicated to improving the quality of life for people around the world, UCB develops cutting-edge medications and maintains a corporate social responsibility program, which includes the UCB Societal Responsibility Fund. UCB founded the Fund in partnership with the King Baudouin Foundation, a well-known nonprofit organization in Belgium, to improve neurological care and quality of life for people with epilepsy and limited financial resources. By supporting a variety of initiatives worldwide, the Fund helps to grow awareness about epilepsy, improve diagnostic capabilities, promote acceptance for people with the disease, and increase health workers’ understanding of epilepsy.

The Fund awards grants to established organizations and primarily concentrates on two projects, Project HOPE in China – Rainbow Bridge and the Brothers of Charity in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Both projects strive to train neurologists and decrease social stigmas against people with epilepsy.