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Melba Hughes and Allegra Lawrence-Hardy to Co-Chair Champions for Change Fundraiser

We are so excited that Melba Hughes and Allegra Lawrence-Hardy have agreed to co-Chair our 2023 Champions for Change fundraiser.


Melba Hughes is a Partner, Executive Director of In-House Counsel Recruiting and the National In-House Diversity Practice Leader at Major, Lindsey & Africa. She works collaboratively with her counterparts across the U.S. to develop strategy and implement process improvements for business development and relationship building. She coaches, mentors and guides recruiters, providing leadership, counseling and motivation needed to help them succeed and thrive. A change agent and leader, Melba has been instrumental in placing general counsel in Fortune 500 companies, such as McDonald’s and Phillips 66. Her client base includes Albertsons; Home Depot, Inc.; Entergy Corporation; Southwire; Southern Poverty Law Center; Flowserve Corporation and The Azek Company. She has extensive experience in a variety of industries including manufacturing, energy, consumer products and healthcare. As the National In-House Diversity Practice Leader, Melba employs her knowledge and expertise to develop and implement programs that promote diversity and inclusion within the legal community.

Allegra Lawrence-Hardy is a highly accomplished litigator known for her innovative thinking, tenacity and real-world solutions. Allegra has successfully defended Fortune 100 companies throughout the United States and abroad in numerous trials and arbitrations. Known for her skill in trying cases, negotiating complex settlements, and finding creative solutions, Allegra advises clients daily on a wide range of complex litigation, election law, political law, voting rights, and labor and employment issues. She helps develop processes and tools for improving the efficiency and delivery of legal services, and often shares her deep litigation knowledge as a prolific author and sought-after speaker.


Champions for Change will be held at the Georgia Aquarium on the evening of June 22, 2023. We are excited to be honoring The Home Depot Legal Department, led by Teresa Wynn Roseborough.

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