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Marla Persky

Marla Persky is CEO and President of WOMN LLC, a company dedicated to helping women succeed in the business of law by increasing their knowledge of and acuity with financial drivers, client development, and leadership. Throughout her professional life, Ms. Persky has had the opportunity to understand and practice business principles that lead to personal and company success. Through years of mentoring, she has shared her experience and observations with other attorneys and professionals to assist them in career development and business excellence.

Ms. Persky retired in 2013 as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Boehringer Ingelheim USA, where she oversaw a department of over 70 individuals. She also was a member of Boehringer’s executive management team and a director of the company and several of its subsidiaries. Prior to joining Boehringer Ingelheim, Ms. Persky spent 19 years at Baxter International  Inc. where she held numerous business and legal positions, the most recent of which was Acting General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. During her career at Baxter, Ms. Persky managed global legal services, was General Manager of an international medical device business, led international crisis management teams, acquired and integrated international businesses, and designed/implemented legal strategies to manage global mass torts.

Ms. Persky practiced with the Chicago firm of Lurie, Sklar & Simon. Before entering the practice of law, Ms. Persky worked in sales and marketing for the Colgate-Palmolive Company. 

In addition to her legal work, Ms. Persky has served on the Board of Directors of Cytyc Corporation, a NASDAQ traded medical device and diagnostics company. She wasalso on the Board of Boehringer Ingelheim Corporation, the largest privately owned pharmaceutical company in the world. Ms. Persky was a director of Watermark, Inc. a private publisher and broker of children’s literature. 

Ms. Persky is a frequent speaker on a variety of subjects including: leadership principles, mentoring, diversity, crisis management, and negotiation techniques.

Ms. Persky is a graduate of Washington University School of Law and Northwestern University.