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MLB Hires Exec Michele Meyer-Shipp as Chief People & Culture Officer

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Major League Baseball has announced Michele Meyer-Shipp as the organization’s new Chief People & Culture Officer.

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  • Meyer-Shipp, who joins the organization from accounting firm KPMG LLP, where she served as chief diversity and inclusion officer, will oversee all of MLB’s human resources activities. This includes all talent processes and programs, activities focused on workplace culture, and diversity and inclusion within the organization. She will also lead all off-field office operations.
  • Meyer-Shipp shared she decided to leave her role at KPMG after two years in a move to continue to grow and develop her career, sharing she is excited to take on this new position and all of its potential challenges. “I will have the opportunity to use all of the skillsets that I have developed over my 25-year career to lead not only Diversity & Inclusion, but also all human resources, culture, and operations activities at the League.”
  • While at KPMG, Meyer-Shipp led all firm programs and initiatives relating to diversity and inclusion in the workforce, workplace, and marketplace as well as consulting with clients on building diverse and inclusive workplaces. Previously, she had held diversity roles at Prudential Financial and for the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. She also served on industry and association task forces and committees. These include Twitter’s Diversity Advisory Council, Working Mother Media’s Multicultural Advisory Board, National Organization on Disability, and Rutgers University’s Student Affairs Executive Advisory Council, in which she is an alumna.
  • Meyer-Shipp was recently recognized by Diversity MBA as one of the “Top 100 Women of Influence.” She has also been recognized throughout her career as a “Top Executive in Corporate Diversity” by BLACK ENTERPRISE.
  • MLB Commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr. said he is excited about the addition to the organization. “I am very pleased that Michele is joining us to fill this vital role for Major League Baseball,” Manfred shared. “Michele’s outstanding record of accomplishment will be a valuable addition to our senior leadership team, the hiring and development of our employees, and industry initiatives.”
  • The league has a poor record of diversity. In April, The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at the University of Central Florida, released its annual Major League Baseball Racial and Gender Report Card in which the MLB overall scored poorly. While there was a slight uptick in racial diversity hiring, there was a decline in the hiring of women. Similarly, in a sport that in 1991 had 18% of the players on the field being African American, that number today has drastically dropped to 8%. The TIDES report also noted that the MLB Central Office currently has the lowest gender diversity among all the major sports leagues.
  • Meyer-Shipp shared her goal for her time at MLB is to build “a best-in-class human resources department in which diversity and inclusion are embedded into all processes and functions.” She also shared plans to create a culture “wherein every employee can bring their full selves and together, with the power of our diversity, advance the league’s vision and mission.”

Meyer-Shipp is expected to begin her new role as Chief People & Culture Officer with the MLB this October.

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Eric Trump to Comply with New York AG’s Subpoena Only after Election Day

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Eric Trump. (Pete Marovich/The New York Times)
Eric Trump. (Pete Marovich/The New York Times)

The president’s son, Eric Trump, has come out and said he will finally be willing to comply with a subpoena from the New York Attorney General’s office’s probe of the Trump Organization issued by Attorney General Letitia James. The only condition is that it would have to be done after the U.S general election.

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  • According to a Thursday court filing, the chosen timeframe after the upcoming presidential election aims to avoid “any appearance of politicizing” the process. Eric Trump’s attorneys also explained that he is willing to appear and gave several dates to proceed after the Nov. 3rd election. They noted that one of the main reasons was simply because of Eric Trump’s “extreme travel schedule and related unavailability”.

“In this regard, we note that the OAG investigation has been ongoing for approximately 18 months and that additional examinations are scheduled in October 2020 for certain other individuals,” stated the filing.

  • To confirm Eric’s claims, the filing elaborated how “given all the circumstances and the fact that counsel’s requested dates are, for all practical purposes, just 30 days after other scheduled depositions, and given the importance of avoiding any appearance of politicizing the investigatory process”.
  • Just last month, James reportedly urged a judge to force Eric Trump, along with the Trump Organization, to comply with subpoenas in an effort to carry on with the office’s investigation of President Trump. A related investigation is looking into alleged illegal inflation of his assets to reap loans and appeal to investors. “No one is above the law, period,” responded James to the Thursday filing.

  • That same month, James also accused Eric Trump of refusing to comply with a subpoena for his testimony. According to NBC News, she alleged that the Trump Organization and its lawyers were setting a motion that would “shield thousands of documents from investigators”.
  • The attorney general went on to say in a statement that “we cannot comment on the particular steps we’re taking on specific litigation,” but she made it clear that they wouldn’t allow any outside force control have the investigation moves forward or allow anyone to “evade a lawful subpoena”.

The related investigation opened by the New York attorney general last year followed President Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen, who testified to Congress that the president tampered with financial statements in order to benefit from better insurance rates, loans, and tax breaks.

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Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax Joins Black Women in Governor’s Race

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Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax is joined by his family as he sets to kick-off his campaign for governor Saturday morning at the Old Court House in Fairfax, Va. (ABC7/Justin Hinton)
Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax is joined by his family as he sets to kick-off his campaign for governor Saturday morning at the Old Court House in Fairfax, Va. (ABC7/Justin Hinton)

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax announced last Thursday that he formally kicked off his campaign for governor and events over the past weekend. This comes only a year after facing two high profile allegations of sexual assault.

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  • Fairfax delivered a campaign speech at the Old Court House in Fairfax, Virginia, and has been encouraging his followers to head to early voting. There are currently three Black Democrats seeking the party’s 2021 nomination to the governor’s house, which includes Fairfax. The other two are Jennifer McClellan, an experienced Black politician who is serving her first term in the state Senate, and Jennifer Carroll Foy, another Black woman serving her second term in the state House.

  • With this roster of candidates in the mix for the nomination, it should be interesting to see who ultimately wins the gubernatorial race in November 2021. Regardless of who wins, that candidate will be the second Black governor in Virginia’s history.
  • The person would also be the third Black person ever elected governor in U.S. history, a title Stacey Abrams could have held years earlier but lost to the current governor of Georgia Brian Kemp. Should Foy or McClellan win in Virginia, they would be the first Black woman to do so in American history.
  • Historically, the two previous governors were Douglas Wilder, a Democrat elected as Virginia’s first Black governor in 1989, and Deval Patrick, another Democrat elected as Massachusetts Black governor in 2006.
  • Moreover, other instances where a Black person held the position was Democrat David Patterson taking over as New York state governor in 2018 following the resignation of Gov. Eliot Spitzer. During the Reconstruction Era, Republican P. B. S. Pinchback was sworn in as the first Black governor in U.S. history to serve the remainder of the previously impeached Louisiana Gov. Henry Warmoth‘s term.
  • Fairfax received heavy backlash from other Democrats earlier last year when two women, Meredith Watson and Vanessa Tyson, came out to accuse him of sexual assault. Watson attended Duke University with Fairfax and claimed he raped her in 2000. California professor Tyson, on the other hand, said that Fairfax forced her to perform oral sex at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Boston in 2004.

Fairfax has since denied any and all allegations. He referred to these claims as a part of an attempt at ending his political career. He told the Associated Pressed that “the voters are incredibly smart. They see through this kind of destructive, politically motivated kind of politics. And they are ready to move to higher ground.”

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Affectionately RBG, has Died at Age 87

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, affectionately known to many as RBG, has passed away at age 87 from complications from Cancer.

Justice Ginsburg was born Ruth Joan Bader March 15th, 1933 in Brooklynn, New York.  Years later, the day before she would graduate from high school, she lost her mother Celia Bader to cancer.

Justice Ginsburg went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in government, graduating first in her class from Cornell University in 1954.  She married Martin D. Ginsburg in the same year and after a military deployment and discharge, the couple went to Harvard.  After health complications with her husband, the couple moved and Ginsburg transferred to Columbia Law School, graduating first in her class there as well in 1959.  Ginsburg served as a clerk for a few years moving into academia teaching at Rutgers and Columbia, later becoming the first female professor to receive tenure at the latter.  Despite her successes, Ginsburg faced many gender discrimination obstacles and challenges throughout her academic studies and career, making her an advocate for women’s rights and gender equality.

President Jimmy Carter appointed Justice Ginsburg to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in 1980.  She served in this position until she was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1993 by President Bill Clinton and was confirmed by a 96-3 Senate Judiciary Committee vote.  Justice Ginsburg was the second woman appointed to be a U.S. Supreme Court justice.

Justice Ginsburg has been in and out of the hospital multiple times over the last few years.  In 1999, Ginsburg underwent treatment for colon cancer and then, in 2009, she was treated for early stages of pancreatic cancer.  In August of 2019, pancreatic cancer returned and received treatment then as well.

Justice RBG’s presence will truly be missed and are thoughts and prayers are with her family.

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