Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Corporate Human Resources, Prudential
Michele C. Meyer-Shipp is vice president and Chief Diversity Officer at Prudential. She is responsible for leading and supporting all diversity and inclusion initiatives for the company, and for ensuring ongoing compliance with federal and state equal employment opportunity/affirmative action laws and requirements.
Meyer-Shipp joined Prudential in April 2010 as vice president and counsel in the Employment and Labor Law Group. In this role, she provided legal advice, counsel, training and investigative support to several lines of business on a variety of employment and human resources related matters.
Prior to joining Prudential, Meyer-Shipp served as General Counsel of the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor, an Instrumentality of the States of New York and New Jersey. Previously, Meyer-Shipp spent four years at Merrill Lynch. In her last role, she led the diversity and inclusion efforts of the Global Wealth Management business.
Before Merrill Lynch, Meyer-Shipp served as Director of the State of New Jersey’s Division of Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action. Prior to joining the ranks of public service, Meyer-Shipp was in private practice with the law firms of Collier, Jacob & Mills, P.C. and Lowenstein, Sandler, P.C. in Roseland, N.J. She also served as an Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall University School of Law. Meyer-Shipp graduated from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1995. She served as Law Clerk to the Honorable James H. Coleman, Jr. of the New Jersey Supreme Court.
Meyer-Shipp is on the Boards of GLSEN, Inc. (The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network), the National Organization on Disability, and the American Conference on Diversity. She is an active member of several professional associations including the Association of Corporate Counsel, Minority Corporate Counsel Association, Corporate Counsel Women of Color, National Employment Law Council, and the Society for Human Resource Management. She also is a Co-Chair of the Asia Society Global Talent and Diversity Council. Meyer-Shipp recently received the Oliver Randolph Award from the Garden State Bar Association, the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association’s Women’s Initiative and Leaders in Law (WILL) Platinum Award for the Corporate Sector, made the Black Enterprise List of Top Executives in Corporate Diversity, and has also been honored as one of the “Most Powerful & Influential Women of the Tri-State Area” by The Tri-State Diversity Council.