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VOLUME 3: Featuring Marge Randolph, Senior V.P. of HR For Disney
The Walt Disney Company consists of much more than just “The Happiest Place on Earth,” and Marjorie Randolph’s 15 years there revolved around Walt Disney Studios, where she was senior vice president of human resources and administration. That’s a lot of happiness to manage: live action and animated movies (including much-loved Pixar and Miramax films), music associated with the movies, the home entertainment division, and live stage shows like Disney on Ice. Prior to her work at Disney, Randolph, who is now retired, served as senior vice president and general counsel of the department store chain Mervyn’s.
Just like Disneyland on a hot day with long lines and tired children, human resources work isn’t always all smiles. But Randolph knows the value of one, even when the job gets tough. “During intense legal negotiations, I realized how important it is to read a room, understand how critically important nonverbal communication is, and understand how humor can help bridge an adversarial situation,” she explains.
Renne is a lawyer, former
Supervisor and one-time City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco,
California. She is
a graduate of both Michigan State University and Columbia Law School (1961). Ms.
Renne was appointed Supervisor by
Mayor Dianne Feinstein in 1978. She acted as member of the San Francisco
Board of Supervisors for 8 years from 1978 to 1986, where she was chair of the
Finance Committee. She
was then appointed by Feinstein as City Attorney in 1986 and became the first
female City Attorney in San Francisco history. She served in the position until
2001. In this role, she argued on behalf of the state before the California and
United States Supreme Courts. She
had her own private practice for 2 years and was a staff attorney in the
general counsel’s office at the Federal Communications Commission for 3 years. Ms.
Renne served as General Counsel for the San Francisco Unified School District
where she led the effort to combat corruption existing at the time and
DruRamey is the former executive director of the National Association of Women Judges, former tenured member of the GGU School of Law Faculty, and former executive director and general counsel of the Bar Association of San Francisco. While serving with the Bar Association, Dru transformed the organization into one of the nation’s leaders in diversifying the profession and in the provision of legal services to the poor. For more than 30 years, Dru has been devoted to diversity, equal opportunity and access in the justice system. She has chaired the ACLU of Northern California and the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women and served as a co-founder and board leader of California Women Lawyers. Dru has received numerous honors and awards in recognition of the contributions she has made to the legal profession, including the prestigious Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award – the American Bar Association’s highest honor for women in the profession, the American Jewish…