R. Fenimore Fisher
Professional Work History:
A highly accomplished and knowledgeable executive with extensive experience in conflict resolution, diversity and inclusion strategy, leadership development and training, employment law, anti-discrimination legislation and policy, consent decree compliance, EEO and state workforce reporting, conflict and community affairs. WAL-MART STORES, INC., Bentonville, Arkansas 2004-2011 Vice President, Diversity Initiatives and Analysis 2008-2011 Held responsibility for field and home office diversity placement goals program for over 50,000 members of management. Oversaw U.S. workforce employment analysis. Served as member of chief executive officer key leader group. Acted as liaison to external employment practices advisory panel. Implemented diversity and inclusion role model competencies for members of management. Facilitated quarterly reports to compensation, nominating and governance board committee, identifying employment and diversity best practices and diversity goals performance. Publicly represented company and advised external stakeholders on workforce demographics and equitable employment practices. Oversaw successful integration of inclusive workforce and marketplace strategy into business strategy. Held responsibility for compliance with federal and state government regulatory workforce filings. Led cross-functional team serving multiple business clients. Senior Director, Employment Analysis 2006-2008 Directed statistical analysis and risk assessment of employment data for 1,300,000 associates for U.S.-based operations. Assured equitable employment practices through metrics, training and action planning. Facilitated diversity and inclusion leadership training for executive/senior-level management and pilots for mid- to entry-level home office management. ? Served as lead liaison to employment practices advisory panel and to external diversity and inclusion advisory council, reporting directly to board of directors. ? Implemented workforce action plans based upon employment risk assessment and led strategy for predictive workforce analysis. ? Served in first fact-finding mission to South Africa and Nigeria, resulting in acquisition of major retailer. ? Produced first internal non-outsourced protocol for workforce reporting. ? Acted as member of chief executive officer key leader mentor group. Director, Diversity Relations 2004-2006 Top performer, created and implemented national, regional and local market urban market entry strategy focused on management of external community relations. Served as primary liaison to 30 civil rights and community-based organizations, representing company by enhancing brand reputation and innovative charitable funding in diverse communities. ? Negotiated five-year, $5,000,000 initiative with National Urban League focused on work skills development. ? Held responsibility for allocation strategy for $25,000,000 private equity fund created to support women- and minority-owned business enterprises (WMBE). ? Facilitated financial services outreach meeting with board member and treasurer for nearly 20 WMBE broker/dealer firms, leading to $800,000,000 bond offering led by one of the most diverse syndicates in history. ? Received Thurgood Marshall College fund founder's award. RAINBOW/PUSH WALL STREET PROJECT, New York, New York 1999-2004 Executive Director 2003-2004 Deputy/Interim Director 2002-2003 Provided direct counsel to Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. Facilitated and led meetings with chief executive officers of Fortune 100, 500 and 1000 companies. Monitored employment and procurement practices of Fortune 100, 500 and 1000 corporations. Oversaw $3,000,000 operational budget and annual revenue generation. ? Ensured national compliance in implementation of operational policies and procedures for seven regional offices. ? Served as senior negotiator for $8,000,000,000, ten-year corporate diversity initiative. ? Provided executive management of flagship office. ? Led fundraising to sustain multiple offices across country, as well as national headquarters. ? Built alliances between corporations and women- and minority-owned businesses in financial services sector. ? Led cross-functional team servicing membership organization and peer offices across country and headquarters. ? Received Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Project trailblazer award. National Compliance Director 2000-2002 Held responsibility for grant compliance for $5,000,000 financial literacy/community development initiative and for internal policy implementation among national office and six regional satellites. Acted as lead strategist, advising corporate trading partners on best practices in workforce and procurement diversity. ? Created code of ethics for business trade bureau members. ? Served as chief investigator in allegations of consumer and employee discrimination. Manager, Compliance 1999-2000 Oversaw intake process for discrimination complaints, as well as strategic planning and risk assessment. Managed compliance specific to corporate grant funding, IRS filings of charitable giving, annual event fundraiser and career fair. Acted as lead legal researcher of workforce and consumer discrimination class action lawsuits. ? Established first code of conduct policies as model for seven satellite offices and national headquarters. ? Successfully implemented annual career fair, servicing thousands of women and minority financial services professionals and corporations. ? Served as speechwriter for president, lead creative writer for marketing materials and liaison to industry think tanks.
Dispute Resolution Experience
Served as third party intermediary during employment and consumer discrimination class action lawsuits Served as corporate/managment liaison during employee and customer complaints filed with community based organizations alleging workplace discrimination Mediated consumer complaints against small business members of the BBB Arbitrated lemon law disputes against automotive manufacturers
Cornell University Dispute Resolution Training (Course titles and dates taken)
Employment Law Mediator Training - November14-18, 2011
Other Dispute Resolution Training
BBB Mediation Certification 1999 BBB Arbitration Certification 2000 NASD Arbitration Certification 2001
American Bar Associaton New Jersey Professional Mediators Association Diversity Task Force Member - International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution
B.S. Economics, Louisiana State University - May 1996 Juris Doctor, Ohio Northern University - May 1999
The Hon. Dennis Archer, Former President of the American Bar Association Lt. General Claudia Kennedy, Ret. Susan Chambers, EVP, Global People Division, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
$475 per hour