Success Stories
  • Deborah Platt  MajorasDeborah Platt Majoras
    Deborah Platt Majoras has had a diverse legal career, serving in the corporate, governmental, and law firm sectors.  She currently serves as the Chief Legal Officer and Secretary for The Procter & Gamble Company, which she joined in 2008.  She also has served on the Board of Directors of Valero Energy Corporation since 2012.  As CLO at P&G, she oversees a global legal department of nearly 600 lawyers and other professionals, responsible for the broad scope of legal and government relations functions for all of P&G and its 118,000 employees.  As Corporate Secretary, she serves as a primary resource to Directors for governance, securities, and process issues.  She is a member of the Company’s Global Leadership Council. From 2004-2008, Ms. Majoras served as Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission.  During her tenure, she focused on ensuring data security and protecting consumers from emerging frauds, such as identity theft and spyware, and she served as Co-Chair of the President’s Identity Theft Task Force.  She also worked to implement sound antitrust policy regarding intellectual property, increase the efficiency and transparency of the merger review process, and strengthen cooperation among antitrust agencies around the world, serving on the Steering Committee of the International Competition Network.  For her work at the FTC, Ms. Majoras received several honors, including security solutions provider RSA’s 2007 Award for Excellence in the Field of Public Policy and the International Association of Privacy Professionals’ 2007 Privacy Leadership Award.  In 2006, Washingtonian Magazine listed her among the “100 Most Powerful Women in Washington,” and SC Magazine named her one of the “Top Five Influential IT Security Thinkers.” Prior to the FTC, Ms. Majoras served at the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division from 2001-2003, first as Deputy Assistant Attorney General, and then as Principal Deputy.  In that role, she directed the Division’s civil and regulatory antitrust programs, counseled the Assistant Attorney General on key enforcement, policy and management actions, managed multiple administrative functions, participated in global antitrust initiatives with 100 other antitrust agencies, and represented the division in interactions with the White House, members of Congress, and other enforcement agencies. Ms. Majoras’ career as an attorney began with a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Stanley S. Harris in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.  Following that two-year clerkship, in 1991, she joined the international law firm, Jones Day, becoming a partner in 1999.  While at Jones Day, she represented and counseled a wide range of clients in all facets of antitrust law, as well as in litigation and technology issues.  She also served on the firms’ Strategic Planning and Firmwide Client Development Committees. Ms. Majoras graduated from Westminster College in her home state of Pennsylvania in 1985, earning a bachelor of arts degree, summa cum laude.  She earned her law degree in 1989 from the University of Virginia, where she graduated Order of the Coif and was an articles editor on the Virginia Law Review.  Today, she serves on the Boards of The Christ Hospital Health Network, the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, Cincinnati Legal Aid Society, Westminster College, and as President for the Association of General Counsel.  In 2014, the National Law Journal named Deborah to its list of 50 Outstanding General Counsel, and she received Inside Counsel’s Mary Ann Hynes Pioneer Award. Ms. Majoras is a frequent speaker on legal and leadership issues.
  • Jennifer RaabJennifer Raab
    Jennifer J. Raab will soon mark her 20th anniversary as President of Hunter College, the largest college in the City University of New York system, with 23,000 students, five schools, and an annual operating budget of more than $250 million. President Raab has led the successful transformation of Hunter College from an open-admissions institution to a selective, highly ranked college; under her leadership, both graduation and retention rates have increased markedly. Since she has assumed the presidency, Hunter has significantly increased its government grants and awards and strengthened its fiscal management. President Raab has been responsible for securing $400 million in private support for the college. She has launched a $25 million library renovation; a science research and nursing/health professions facility in partnership with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; a floor in the new Belfer Research Building at Weill Cornell Medical College; a $131 million School of Social Work in East Harlem; a new facility in Tribeca for Hunter’s renowned art graduate program and gallery; and the $25 million restoration of the historic 1908 Roosevelt House. President Raab was a litigator Cravath, Swaine & Moore, and Paul, Weiss, after which she was appointed Chairman of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, a post she held from 1994 to 2001. President Raab served on the Board of Directors of Compuware Corporation and is currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, serves on the Steering Committee of the Association for a Better New York, Advisory Committee for WOMEN.NYC and sits on the boards of directors of The After School Corporation, United Way New York, and the One To World Foundation, and was a member of the 2004-05 New York City Charter Revision Commission. A graduate of Hunter College High School (whose campus she now oversees), President Raab received a BA with distinction in all subjects from Cornell University in 1977, an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton in 1979, and a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1985. In 2016, President Raab’s achievements were recognized by her election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • Elisa D. GarciaElisa D. Garcia

    Elisa D. Garcia C. is an accomplished corporate executive and attorney with over 30 years of experience advising management and boards of directors on legal, business and government relations matters. Through her broad based experience in all aspects of international business and corporate law, Ms. Garcia has guided her clients through a myriad of business and legal issues, government investigations, international acquisitions and investments, debt refinancings, domestic and international labor issues and legislative and regulatory attacks.  She is recognized for her well-grounded yet creative approach to problem solving.

    Ms. Garcia has held general counsel and senior executive positions with Macy’s, Office Depot, Domino’s Pizza and Philip Morris International.  She also has worked as counsel for GAF Corp., a chemical and roofing manufacturer, and began her legal career with the law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York City.  Ms. Garcia has particular expertise in international business transactions, corporate governance, securities laws and compliance. Prior to her career as an attorney, Ms. Garcia was an Energy Analyst working in-country with developing country governments and the U.S. Agency for International Development. 

    Since 2016, Ms. Garcia has served as the Chief Legal Officer of Macy’s, Inc. and as a member of Macy’s Enterprise Committee, which sets the overall strategic direction for the company. Macy’s is a premier omni-channel retailer with sales of over $25 billion. From 2007 to 2016, Ms. Garcia has served as a trusted advisor to the Board and senior management of Office Depot, Inc., a $17 billion dollar multinational retail, B-to-B and E-Commerce company. Ms. Garcia served as Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary, and had global responsibility for global legal, compliance and government relations matters. She also had responsibility for leading Internal Audit and Investor Relations for several years. Ms. Garcia led the negotiation and legal strategy for the merger of Office Depot with OfficeMax, a combination with significant antitrust implications, and served on the Steering Committee for the integration of the $17 billion combined business.   Ms. Garcia also led the attempted merger of Office Depot with Staples, Inc.                                     

    Ms. Garcia serves on the Board of Directors and Nominating and Governance Committee of Dollarama, Inc., the leading operator of dollar stores in Canada with sales of over $3 billion and over 1,000 stores.   Ms. Garcia also serves on the Board of the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession, a non-profit organization supporting research and scholarship to improve the entrance and retention of minorities, women and LGBT in the legal profession.

    Ms. Garcia  is a graduate of St. John’s University School of Law in New York (1985), where she was an Editor of the Law Review. She also received a joint BA/MS in Political Science and Management and Policy Sciences from W. Averell Harriman College, State University of New York at Stony Brook (1980).  Ms. Garcia is a member of the New York and Michigan Bars.