Virginia Essandoh Elected to College of Law Practice Management
Ballard Spahr Chief Diversity Officer Virginia G. Essandoh has been named a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management, a nonprofit organization for legal professionals. She will be inducted at the 2014 Futures Conference and Annual Meeting in October.
Ms. Essandoh is the first legal diversity and inclusion professional to be inducted into the College.
“Virginia will be an exceptional resource for other legal professionals who want to expand their diversity and inclusion efforts, just as she is at Ballard,” said Firm Chair Mark Stewart. “The honor is well deserved.”
Formed in 1994, the College of Law Practice Management honors distinguished law practice management professionals, sets standards of achievement for others in the profession, and funds and assists projects that enhance the quality of law practice management. The College’s Fellows work to develop, exchange, and disseminate legal professional knowledge based on their respective specialty areas.
Ms. Essandoh has dedicated her career to enhancing law practice management through the advancement of diversity in the legal industry. Before joining Ballard Spahr, she was a management consultant at Altman Weil, where she specialized in diversity strategy for legal organizations. At Ballard Spahr, Ms. Essandoh is responsible for developing, implementing, and promoting the firm’s diversity and inclusion initiatives nationally. She leads the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Council and sits on the firm’s Management Committee. Ms. Essandoh is also active in advancing women in the profession and is responsible for assisting and executing strategy related to the firm’s women’s initiatives.
McCaskill joins Nielsen
Andrew McCaskill has joined Nielsen as Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications. He will report to Chief Communications Officer Laura Nelson. In this role, McCaskill will have global responsibility for Nielsen’s corporate media relations efforts. He will be based in New York City.
“Drew brings a breadth and depth of experience that will be invaluable for Nielsen as we advance our communications efforts,” said Nelson. “We’re pleased to welcome him to the team.”
McCaskill brings more than 15 years of experience to Nielsen, most recently serving as a senior vice president in the New York office of public relations firm Weber Shandwick, where he led global communications strategy for numerous Fortune 500 companies and consumer brands.
“Nielsen has remarkable stories to tell, and I look forward to helping the company achieve its media relations and positioning objectives,” said McCaskill.
A graduate of Morehouse College, McCaskill received an MBA from the Goizueta Business School of Emory University.