Alums named “most influential” businesswomen.

Mary A. Francis ’86 (left) and Deborah Broyles ’85. Broyles photo by John Swanda.

Two Mount Holyoke College graduates, both lawyers, are among “the most influential women in Bay Area business 2015” according to a San Francisco Business Times article. The leaders honored in this annual list “are accomplished in a range of fields … [but share] perseverance and a passion for what they do,” the Times writes.

Deborah Broyles ’85 is a partner and director of global diversity and inclusion at Reed Smith LLP, a leading international law firm. She has worked at Reed Smith since 2008.

According to the firm's website, Broyles has represented employers in all aspects of employment litigation, has extensive experience coordinating and managing substantial employment litigation dockets for national clients, and has conducted independent internal workplace investigations. She counsels clients concerning alternative dispute resolution procedures and on personnel policies and practices. She also provides in-house training and seminars on a variety of labor and employment issues. In addition, Broyles advises on diversity best practices, initiatives, and training.

Mary A. Francis ’86 joined Chevron in 2002, and in May became its corporate secretary and chief governance officer. She will counsel the board of directors and senior management of Chevron on corporate governance matters, manage its Corporate Governance Department, and serve on the Law Function Executive Committee 

She told the Business Times that her proudest professional accomplishment is having launched a pro bono law program at Chevron.