Practice Area: STEMconnector

DENIELLE PEMBERTON-HEARD, ESQ.

General Counsel and Managing Director

DENIELLE PEMBERTON-HEARD, ESQ.

General Counsel and Managing Director

Denielle Pemberton-Heard is the General Counsel and Managing Director for Diversified Search, based in the firm’s Washington, DC office. She joined Diversified in 2018 following fifteen years as Group Counsel, Programming and Business Affairs at the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), the nation’s largest non-commercial media enterprise. There, she directed transactional work related to the production, distribution, and syndication of content across all platforms on behalf of PBS and its 300-plus member stations, and led negotiations between and among PBS, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, on-air talent, program funders, and foundations. Before joining PBS, she served as Group Counsel for Thales, Inc., a French-owned communications concern, and as Vice President, Legal and Business Affairs at Time Life. She has also held in-house positions at Discovery Communications, Inc.

She began her law career in private practice with Connecticut’s Wiggin and Dana, and was subsequently associated with the New York firm of Cowan Liebowitz and Latman, where she focused on intellectual property litigation. Pemberton-Heard also serves as a senior advisor to STEMconnector, a Diversified Search company committed to increasing the number of STEM-ready workers in the global talent pool through its work with pioneering leaders across more than 200 organizations.

An alumna of the Columbia Graduate School of Business, she has served as a Regional Judge for Presidential Commission White House Fellowships; as a Trustee of the Toy Industry of America Foundation; and on the Board of Governors of the Case Western School of Law. Pemberton-Heard has also served on the professional faculty of the Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business, where she has lectured on business law.

CONTACT

Phone: 202.567.6971

E-Mail: dpembertonheard@divsearch.com

Location: Washington, DC

EDUCATION

Juris Doctor

Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Bachelor of Arts - Political Science

Tufts University

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS CEO CONSUMER AND RETAIL DIGITAL, MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT, AND SPORTS EDUCATION, NONPROFIT, AND ARTS AND CULTURE STEMCONNECTOR

LESLIE CRUZ

CEO, STEMconnector®

LESLIE CRUZ

CEO, STEMconnector®

Leslie Cruz is the CEO of Stemconnector, a consortium of companies, nonprofit associations, professional societies, STEM-related research and policy organizations, government entities, universities, and academic institutions concerned with STEM education and the future of human capital in the United States. She joined STEMconnector, a Diversified Search company, in 2017.

A leader with deep experience in the technology field, Cruz spent the 20 years prior to STEMconnector as an executive with CEB, an Arlington, Virginia-based global professional services firm that assists business leaders in developing growth strategies and solutions. She boasts an impressive track record of growing businesses and delivering innovations that provide stellar returns on investment.

STEMconnector is both a resource and a service, designed to link “all things STEM” through comprehensive Councils and services that enable talent and jobs collaboration. STEMconnector client councils and services include: The Global STEM Talent Initiative(GSTS); Million Women Mentors(MWM); STEM Innovation Task Force; STEM Food & Ag Council; STEM Higher Education Council; and initiatives such as Day of Design and the 100 Leaders publication series.

CONTACT

Phone: 202.304.1958

E-Mail: Leslie.Cruz@divsearch.com

Location: Washington, DC

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts - Psychology

Vanderbilt University

PRACTICE AREAS

STEMCONNECTOR

EDIE FRASER

Founder and Chairman, STEMconnector®

EDIE FRASER

Founder and Chairman, STEMconnector®

Edie Fraser is Founder and Chairman of STEMconnector, where she works to build the one-stop communications and best practices initiative for STEM. She also serves as a Senior Consultant of Diversified Search, where she previously directed the Washington and government business. She brings to her role over four decades of experience in supporting diversity at the most senior levels of corporations, organizations, and government in the U.S. and globally.

Prior to joining Diversified Search, Fraser was Founder and CEO of Diversity Best Practices, a member service for diversity practitioners. There, she designed the CEO Diversity Leadership program, including the prestigious CEO Diversity Awards. She is also the founder of the Business Women’s Network, and Vice Chair of the World Affairs Council in D.C.

For her role in these and several other enterprises, Fraser has won 45 major leadership awards, including the Mosaic Award from Diversity Woman, and an induction into the Enterprising Women’s Hall of Fame.

CONTACT

Phone: 202.296.5222

E-Mail: Edie.Fraser@divsearch.com

Location: Washington, DC

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts - Political Science

Duke University

PRACTICE AREAS

STEMCONNECTOR