Sullivan Team Advises on Launch of OneTen

Press Release
December 11, 2020

Boston, MA – Sullivan & Worcester is pleased to have worked with a coalition of leading CEOs and major companies, including longtime Sullivan client Bain & Company, in the formation and branding of OneTen, an organization that will combine the power of these committed American companies to upskill, hire and promote one million Black Americans over the next 10 years into family-sustaining jobs with opportunities for advancement.

OneTen is launching with the support of 37 founding CEOs and companies across industries, recognizing that the current system is not inclusive enough and has reinforced systemic barriers that have prevented many Black Americans from the opportunity to earn success.  The newly established organization will cultivate an ecosystem that brings together major employers, in partnership with the nation’s leading non-profits, to create a more flexible talent pipeline and practices that will allow employees and employers to thrive by shifting to a skills-first paradigm.

The Sullivan team includes Kimberly Herman, Judith Edington, John Graham and Michael Palmisciano.  Head of the firm’s Intellectual Property Group, Kim Herman stated, “It’s rare to see major corporations and organizations come together with the goal of righting an ongoing societal problem. We are thrilled to be part of the team.” John Graham, a tax partner, stated, “Meaningful employment opportunities are one of the most effective ways to address racial inequities.  The OneTen Coalition is to be commended for its commitment to nurturing the talent ecosystem and provide career pathways for advancement.”  “I feel strongly about the importance of OneTen’s mission and it is gratifying to help in any way to move it forward,” said Judy Edington, Tax counsel.

OneTen was founded by Ken Chenault, Chairman and Managing Director of General Catalyst and former Chairman and CEO of American Express, Ken Frazier, Chairman and CEO of Merck, Charles Phillips, Managing Partner of Recognize, Chairman of the Black Economic Alliance and former CEO of Infor, Ginni Rometty, Executive Chairman and former CEO of IBM and Kevin Sharer, former Chairman and CEO of Amgen and former faculty member at Harvard Business School. All five founders will serve on the Board of OneTen together with other participating CEOs. Ken Frazier and Ginni Rometty will serve as co-chairs.

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