InsideCounsel has long been committed to diversity within the legal profession, especially to promoting gender equality in the highest levels of corporate legal departments. And so, we are proud to introduce the R-3 100 program—a list of 100 women who will likely be ready in three years to become general counsel. Hence, R-3 100—“ready” in “three” years.
The R-3 100 program has grown out of our other women-focused initiatives—the Transformative Leadership Awards, which honor those committed to advancing women and minorities in the legal profession, and Project 5/165, which aims to promote placement of women as Fortune 500 GCs, with the goal of raising the percentage of women in the GC role to 30 percent. But in order for that to happen, it’s helpful to know the women out there who will soon be ready to step up and fill the shoes of a general counsel.
The women of the R-3 100 are all direct reports to their general counsel, and manage at least three to four lawyers. But that’s just a starting point for what qualifies them to be on this list.
Litigation: Megan Belcher, vice president and chief employment counsel at ConAgra Foods
As vice president and chief employment counsel at ConAgra Foods, Megan Belcher has a good grasp on what it takes to be a general counsel.
Ethics & Compliance: Kim Yapchai, assistant general counsel and director of group legal affairs and corporate ethics, Masco Corp.
Kim Yapchai wasted no time launching her in-house career—immediately after law school she joined the staff of Ford Motor Credit Co., where she had clerked as a law student.