Rhonda R. Mims Named Chair of The Executive Leadership Council

Rhonda MimsRhonda R. Mims, Managing Director, Corporate Social Responsibility at ?Paul Hastings, LLP, was named Chair of The Executive Leadership Council (ELC).?

??It is an honor for me to serve the members of this exceptional ?organization as chairman of its board of directors,? Mims said. ?It is? particularly gratifying as we celebrate The ELC?s 30th Anniversary this year and take stock of the progress made over the last three decades and challenges of advancing global black leadership in the C-Suites and on the boards of major corporations. ELC members include several CEOs, dozens of board members and hundreds of executives who are prepared for the highest leadership responsibilities in business,? she says.

Mims succeeds Carla Harris, vice chair at Morgan Stanley, who served as ELC Board Chair 2014 and 2015. ?Carla is a tough act to follow,? added Mims. ?She served on the board for many years as Treasurer and Vice Chair, and brought an incredible level of energy, discipline and creative genius to move the organization forward and achieve our strategic goals to increase the representation of black leaders in an inclusive, multicultural business environment.?

In her role as Managing Director of Corporate Social Responsibility for?
Paul Hastings, LLP, Mims is responsible for the global social
responsibility strategy for the firm. She has oversight for the firm?s
?diversity and inclusion strategy, charitable giving, pro bono/volunteer
?efforts, and environmental sustainability.

Prior to her current role, Mims was President of the ING U.S. Foundation
and Senior Vice-President for corporate responsibility for ING U.S. /
Voya Financial.

The ELC is the pre-eminent national organization comprised of current and former
black CEOs, senior executives, entrepreneurs, global thought leaders and
board members of Fortune 1000 and equivalent companies.

“This is an extraordinary time to lead an organization focused on diversity and inclusion, dedicated to achieving tangible progress in global black representation and leadership in business,? Mims told TNJ Senior Editor Sergie Willoughby.

?Rhonda?s dedication to The ELC has become more and more evident over the years as she supported our leading philanthropic initiatives generating over $2 Million in scholarships and sponsorships for the next generation of global black leaders,? said Ronald C. Parker, President and CEO of The Executive Leadership Council. ?We are delighted that she has been named chair of the Council Board of Directors and she is the right person to guide us during this historic period as we celebrate our 30th Anniversary and chart our course for the future,? he says.

A 2013 Network Journal “25 Influential Black Women in Business” honoree, Mims also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Thirty Percent Coalition, the Citizen?s Committee for the Children of New York, and was Immediate Past Chairman of The Executive Leadership Foundation.