Director of Lawyer Hiring & Integration, Move the Needle Fund
Rhonda M. Ware has dedicated her career to inspiring people to change society and to change themselves.
Since receiving her Bachelor of Arts from DePaul University in 1995 and her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School’s evening program in 2002, Rhonda has distinguished herself as an award-winning attorney, life and career coach, advocate and community leader.
Twenty-five years ago Rhonda started speaking to college athletes and administrators, professional sports teams, and community leaders about diversity and inclusion and men’s violence against women. Rhonda’s desire to make a difference led her to work in different capacities in the Massachusetts Criminal Justice System for seven years, including serving as a prosecutor in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.
After relocating to Wisconsin, Rhonda served as a civil litigator at law firms including Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek (now Husch Blackwell). Rhonda was active in the community, serving on several boards, where she continued her work addressing inclusion and violence against women.
Rhonda left the practice of law in 2011 to lead a Research Center that conducted research, outreach, and developed curricula to positively impact the lives of women and girls.
In 2014, Rhonda founded UR Aware (Rhonda Ware Solutions), a national life and career coaching firm to further expand her efforts to promote and empower professional women to accomplish success in every aspect of their lives. Since launching her company, Rhonda has coached over 200 emerging and established female leaders, across industries, by providing them with proven techniques, strategies and tools to achieve higher levels of professional and personal success.
Rhonda further expanded her career advisory skills when she became a Director at Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA). At MLA, Rhonda helped law firm partners understand their competitive edge and find opportunities that aligned with their long-term professional objectives.
Rhonda’s professional accomplishments have been recognized through the Edward J. Brooke Award of Excellence (2001), a Certificate of Outstanding Service and Dedication to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (2002), the Milwaukee Business Journal Forty under 40 Award (2009), the Wisconsin Bar Association Pro Bono Award (2009), the DePaul University 14 under 40 Award (2010), and the Milwaukee Business Journal Women of Influence Award (2015).
Bloomberg Law, “Law Firms Need ‘Re-Set’ to Commit to Hiring Black Attorneys” (August 2020)
Attorney at Law Magazine, “7 Steps to Create Your Own Path to Business Development in 2020” (August 2020)