Chief Strategy & Operations Officer
Leila joined Diversity Lab in 2018 and has more than 15 years of experience in the legal field. She began her career as a corporate associate at Mayer Brown’s Chicago office. In 2009, she began her in-house legal career, supporting contract negotiations at Kraft Foods and all US legal matters for a Canadian-based energy services company. Throughout her legal career, Leila worked to develop a more inclusive legal field by creating and managing internship programs for diverse candidates, taking an active role in affinity groups for women and diverse counsel, and leading a metrics-based initiative to attract diverse applicants to Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.
In 2015, Leila completed her professional coaching certification with the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching and began a private coaching practice supporting mid-career professionals. In addition to coaching individual professionals and lawyers, Leila worked with several law firms and legal groups to develop professional development curricula geared toward business development.
At Diversity Lab, Leila has led Diversity Lab’s legal department partnerships, expanding engagement and support from legal departments to more than 100 organizations partnering to develop a more inclusive legal profession. In 2019, she led the development and launch of the Mansfield Rule: Legal Department Edition and developed and launched the Diversity Dividends Collective in 2021. In her current role, Leila sponsors and oversees the strategic direction and success of major growth initiatives and leads Diversity Lab’s data team to measure progress and outcomes for all Diversity Lab initiatives.
Leila received her bachelor’s degree in Political Economy from Tulane University and her law degree from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. She is also an RYT 500 yoga instructor, a certified Spinning instructor, and a certified professional coach.