Rhonda Joy McLean is Deputy General Counsel of Time Inc. (a Time Warner company) in New York, New York. She was promoted from the position of Associate General Counsel to her current post in January, 2009. She manages one third of the law department and conducts regulatory compliance efforts for consumer marketing materials for the 21 magazines that Time Inc. publishes in the United States and Canada, including Time, People, Sports Illustrated, Fortune, Money, Cooking Light, Real Simple, InStyle and ESSENCE. She provides advice and counsel to more than 300 clients, focusing on digital marketing matrixes and also participates in the shaping of national and international advertising and data privacy and security protocols for Time Inc.
Prior to joining Time in October 1999, Ms. McLean was the Assistant Regional Director of the Northeast Region of the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") for nine years. At the FTC, she managed 30 employees and prosecuted individuals and corporations that engaged in deceptive business practices or conduct that violated federal antitrust laws. While at the FTC she received national awards for her work in educating traditionally underserved consumer communities about their rights under federal, state, and local consumer protection laws.
Ms. McLean received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1983. From November, 2004 to November, 2006, she served as chair of the Yale Law School Alumni Association (12,000 members). In April, 2010 she received the Hon. Jane Matilda Bolin award from the Yale Black Law Students Association for her mentoring of hundreds of young lawyers and law students as well as her community service work. Judge Bolin was the first African-American woman to graduate from Yale Law School (1931) and the first Black woman appointed as a judge in the State of New York. Currently, Ms. McLean serves as a member of the Yale School Fund Board of Directors. She served on the Planning Committee for her 30th law school class reunion in October, 2013.
BOARDS AND ORGANIZATIONS
In June, 2013, Ms. McLean began her second annual term as chair of the board of directors of the Better Business Bureau of Metropolitan New York ("BBB"). She also spoke about the business imperative for the retention and succession of female leadership in the Legal Profession on a panel at WOMEN LEGAL, New York, New York.
In May, 2008 Ms. McLean was elected to the Yale Law School Fund board of
directors. Prior to that post, she served as chair of the Yale Law
School Alumni Association, which has more than 10,000 members. Ms.
McLean also represents Time Inc. on the board of directors of the Better
Business Bureau of Metropolitan New York, which resolves more than
50,000 consumer complaints each year. She is a founding co-chair of the
Time Warner Women's Network, which launched in November, 2004 and now
has over 1,000 members. In June, 2004 she was inducted in the Greater
New York Chapter of the LINKS, Inc., a 60-year old international
community service organization comprised of 12,000 professional women of
African descent world-wide. She is now corresponding secretary of this
chapter as well as chair of the retreat committee.
RECENT AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
In May, 2013 Ms. McLean was honored as "Corporate Counsel of the Year" by the Metropolitan Black Bar Association at its 29th Anniversary Awards Gala in New York. In April, 2012 she received the Professional Achievement Award from the Association of Black Women Attorneys ("ABWA") in recognition of her legal and management career of nearly thirty years. In June, 2010, Ms. McLean received the "Highest Leaf" award from the Women's Venture Fund for her work with young business women, potential lawyers and law students throughout her career. She was named by The Network Journal in March, 2007 as one of the "25 Influential Black Women in Business" and featured in the March issue of The Network Journal Black Professionals and Small Business Magazine. She has also been featured in ESSENCE, BLACK ENTERPRISE and EBONY magazines. Since June of 2004 she has been a member of the Greater New York Chapter of the LINKS, Inc., a 65-year-old international community service organization comprised of African-American professional women. Currently, she is the First Vice President and Program Chair of this organization and served as chair for its 2013 Easter Luncheon and Fashion Show, a fundraiser that supports the chapter's community service work and student scholarship programs.
In March, 2010 Attorney McLean's first book was published by Random House/One World Press, entitled "The Little Black Book of Success: Laws of Leadership for Black Women". The book, written with her friends Elaine Meryl Brown and Marsha Haygood, is now in its sixth printing. It has been consistently ranked in the top 3 on Amazon.com's best seller list for leadership and management titles. Ms. McLean and her co-authors have participated in more than 60 events in16 states and their book tour continues. They are writing a second book.
In November, 2009, Ms. McLean received the Global Vision Award for her mentoring work and her long service as a
volunteer with the New York Women's Foundation from the IFETAYO Cultural
Arts Academy at its 20th Anniversary Gala in Brooklyn, New York. She
was spotlighted by the Black Ivy Alumni League in its March, 2008 online
newsletter. In March, 2007, Attorney McLean was named by The Network
Journal as one of the "25 Influential Black Women in Business" and featured in the February, 2008 issue of ESSENCE
magazine. Also in March of 2007, Ms. McLean received The Ruth Whitehead
Whaley Public Service Award at the 30th
Anniversary Gala of the Association of Black Women Attorneys in New
York, New York for her extensive community service work and for
mentoring more than 100 young women -- primarily law students and young
lawyers -- during the previous twenty years.
A noted public speaker, Ms. McLean most recently participated in a panel
entitled "Succeeding In-House: Leadership Models for In-House
Attorneys," sponsored by the New York City Bar
Associated, November, 2009 in New York. Prior to that, she spoke about
"Community Involvement: Serving on a Non-Profit Board," for the Time Warner Stars summer internship program participants, June,
2009 in New York. She was also a panelist discussing "Achieving
Success during Difficult Times: Lessons for the Employed & Unemployed," sponsored by the Association of Black Women Attorneys in
conjunction with the New York City Bar Association Office for Diversity,
New York, March, 2009.
Ms. McLean is a classically trained pianist and mezzo-soprano. She
performs sacred music with chorales throughout the New York metropolitan