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Michele Coleman Mayes

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Amber
Favorite Food:
Popcorn
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
Be Yourself.

Birthplace

Born:
7/9/1949
Birth Location:
Los Angeles, California

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Amber
Favorite Food:
Popcorn
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
Be Yourself.

Birthplace

Born:
7/9/1949
Birth Location:
Los Angeles
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Biography

Michele Coleman Mayes was born on July 9, 1949 in Los Angeles, California to Geraldine and Wilbert Coleman. Mayes graduated from MacKinzie High School in Detroit, Michigan in 1967. She received her B.A. degree from the University of Michigan in 1971 and her J.D. degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1974.

Mayes taught as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois for two years and then as an Adjunct Professor of Civil Trial Advocacy at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan from 1981 to 1987. Mayes served in the United States Department of Justice from 1976 to 1982 as Assistant United States Attorney in Detroit and Brooklyn. Mayes eventually assumed the role of Chief of the Civil Division in Detroit. In 1982, Mayes entered the corporate sector as managing attorney of the Burroughs Corporation. Her career continued to evolve as the Burroughs Corporation and the Sperry Corporation merged, creating Unisys Corporation, for which she was appointed staff vice president and associate general counsel for Worldwide Litigation. In 1992, Mayes joined the Colgate-Palmolive Company as vice president and associate general counsel. One year later, she was promoted to vice president of Human Resources and their Legal Division for North America. In May 2001, Mayes was promoted to vice president, legal and assistant secretary, and elected a corporate officer. Two years later, she accepted the position of senior vice president and general counsel at Pitney Bowes. In 2007, Mayes was named vice president and general counsel of The Allstate Corporation and senior vice president and general counsel for Allstate Insurance Company.

Mayes is the recipient of numerous awards, including The Margaret Brent Award and
The Trailblazer Award. She was also named one of America's top black lawyers by Black Enterprise Magazine in 2003.

Mayes was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 6, 2008.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Michele Coleman Mayes' interview, session 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Michele Coleman Mayes lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Michele Coleman Mayes recalls her mother's parenting style
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Michele Coleman Mayes describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Michele Coleman Mayes talks about her father's profession
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Michele Coleman Mayes describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Michele Coleman Mayes recalls visiting her relatives in the South
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Michele Coleman Mayes describes her likeness to her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Michele Coleman Mayes recalls how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Michele Coleman Mayes describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Michele Coleman Mayes remembers her first home in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Michele Coleman Mayes describes her household
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Michele Coleman Mayes remembers her neighbors in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Michele Coleman Mayes describes the sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Michele Coleman Mayes describes her personality as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Michele Coleman Mayes describes her sister's personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Michele Coleman Mayes remembers her closest childhood friend
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Michele Coleman Mayes describes her religious upbringing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Michele Coleman Mayes talks about her family's emphasis on education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Michele Coleman Mayes recalls her mother's place of employment
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Michele Coleman Mayes describes her family's medical history
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Michele Coleman Mayes remembers two of her childhood friends
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Michele Coleman Mayes recalls moving Kendall Street in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Michele Coleman Mayes remembers influential teachers from her early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Michele Coleman Mayes describes her social life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Michele Coleman Mayes recalls her family's holiday traditions
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Michele Coleman Mayes recalls attending David Mackenzie High School in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Michele Coleman Mayes talks about her childhood activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Michele Coleman Mayes recalls her early career aspirations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Michele Coleman Mayes remembers the Detroit riots in 1967
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Michele Coleman Mayes recalls her decision to attend the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Michele Coleman Mayes remembers an early experience of racial discrimination
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Michele Coleman Mayes recalls her first semester at the University of Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Michele Coleman Mayes describes the African American community at the University of Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Michele Coleman Mayes recalls her academic experiences at the University of Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Michele Coleman Mayes remembers giving a speech on the 1967 Detroit Riots
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Michele Coleman Mayes describes her course load at the University of Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Michele Coleman Mayes remembers working at the University of Michigan's dental school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - Michele Coleman Mayes recalls working at the University of Michigan Law School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 14 - Michele Coleman Mayes recalls attending the University of Michigan Law School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 15 - Michele Coleman Mayes remembers her brief hiatus from the University of Michigan Law School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Michele Coleman Mayes remembers her wedding ceremony
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Michele Coleman Mayes recalls teaching at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Michele Coleman Mayes talks about her position as assistant U.S. Attorney
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Michele Coleman Mayes recalls her challenges in the criminal division at the U.S. Attorney's Office
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Michele Coleman Mayes talks about moving to Dearborn, Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Michele Coleman Mayes recalls living in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Michele Coleman Mayes remembers moving to New York City
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Michele Coleman Mayes recalls returning to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Michele Coleman Mayes remembers the air traffic controllers strike
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Michele Coleman Mayes describes her long distance marriage
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Michele Coleman Mayes talks about the small African American legal community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Michele Coleman Mayes recalls a case she tried as chief of the civil division at the U.S. Attorney's Office
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Michele Coleman Mayes talks about her experiences as a woman attorney
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Michele Coleman Mayes recalls her decision to leave the U.S. Attorney's Office
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Michele Coleman Mayes recalls her decision to practice corporate law
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Michele Coleman Mayes remembers her first impressions of Burroughs Corporation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Michele Coleman Mayes recalls the advice of her African American coworkers
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Michele Coleman Mayes remembers Detroit's African American corporate lawyers
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Michele Coleman Mayes talks about joining Burroughs Corporation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Michele Coleman Mayes recalls the merger of Sperry Corporation and Burroughs Corporation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Michele Coleman Mayes remembers her challenges at Unisys Corporation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Michele Coleman Mayes describes her aspiration to become general counsel
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Michele Coleman Mayes recalls her decision to join the Colgate Palmolive Company
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Michele Coleman Mayes describes her working relationship with Reuben Mark
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Michele Coleman Mayes recalls what she learned at the Colgate Palmolive Company
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Michele Coleman Mayes remembers her promotion to vice president of the human resources department
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Michele Coleman Mayes shares her advice about leadership
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Michele Coleman Mayes remembers her mentor Andrew D. Hendry
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Michele Coleman Mayes recalls becoming deputy general counsel at Colgate Palmolive Company
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Michele Coleman Mayes describes her international travels with Colgate Palmolive Company
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Michele Coleman Mayes talks about settling Colgate Palmolive Company's legal case in Ecuador
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Michele Coleman Mayes recalls mediating a conflict with Colgate Palmolive Company's plant in Nigeria, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Michele Coleman Mayes recalls mediating a conflict with Colgate Palmolive Company's plant in Nigeria, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Michele Coleman Mayes remembers working with a Nigerian law firm
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Michele Coleman Mayes talks about Colgate Palmolive Company's limited success in Africa
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Michele Coleman Mayes recalls traveling for the Colgate Palmolive Company
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Michele Coleman Mayes talks about working with patent law at Colgate Palmolive Company
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Michele Coleman Mayes remembers Sara Moss's career advice
  • Tape: 7 Story: 11 - Michele Coleman Mayes recalls being hired by Pitney Bowes Inc.
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Michele Coleman Mayes recalls interviewing at Pitney Bowes Inc.
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Michele Coleman Mayes describes Pitney Bowes Inc.'s legal department
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Michele Coleman Mayes talks about the racial demographics of Fortune 500 company's general counsels
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Michele Coleman Mayes remembers her challenges at Pitney Bowes Inc.
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Michele Coleman Mayes describes her interactions with her staff at Pitney Bowes Inc.
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Michele Coleman Mayes talks about how she divided legal work at Pitney Bowes Inc.
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Michele Coleman Mayes describes Allstate Corporation's legal department
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Michele Coleman Mayes recalls chairing a special committee board at Assurant, Inc.
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Michele Coleman Mayes remembers interviewing with the Allstate Corporation
  • Tape: 8 Story: 10 - Michele Coleman Mayes remembers Allstate Corporation's CEO, Thomas J. Wilson
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Slating of Michele Coleman Mayes's interview, session 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Michele Coleman Mayes recalls her first impressions of Thomas J. Wilson
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Michele Coleman Mayes remembers encountering a weather delay during her interview with the Allstate Corporation
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Michele Coleman Mayes describes the Allstate Corporation offices
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Michele Coleman Mayes recalls Michael McCabe's job advice
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Michele Coleman Mayes describes her challenges at the Allstate Corporation
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Michele Coleman Mayes remembers the Allstate Corporation's executives
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - Michele Coleman Mayes recalls Thomas J. Wilson's description of a photograph
  • Tape: 9 Story: 9 - Michele Coleman Mayes describes the aftermath of her interview with the Allstate Corporation
  • Tape: 9 Story: 10 - Michele Coleman Mayes recalls her decision to join the Allstate Corporation
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Michele Coleman Mayes talks about her leadership style
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Michele Coleman Mayes describes her hopes for her staff at Allstate Corporation
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Michele Coleman Mayes talks about the role of general counsel
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Michele Coleman Mayes describes her goals at the Allstate Corporation
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - Michele Coleman Mayes describes her legal staff at Allstate Corporation
  • Tape: 10 Story: 6 - Michele Coleman Mayes talks about diversity at the Allstate Corporation
  • Tape: 10 Story: 7 - Michele Coleman Mayes talks about the insurance industry's regulations
  • Tape: 10 Story: 8 - Michele Coleman Mayes describes her first impressions of the Allstate Corporation
  • Tape: 10 Story: 9 - Michele Coleman Mayes describes her hopes for Allstate Corporation's growth
  • Tape: 10 Story: 10 - Michele Coleman Mayes talks about her board memberships
  • Tape: 11 Story: 1 - Michele Coleman Mayes recalls changing her outlook on life
  • Tape: 11 Story: 2 - Michele Coleman Mayes describes her plan for the future
  • Tape: 11 Story: 3 - Michele Coleman Mayes shares advice for aspiring lawyers
  • Tape: 11 Story: 4 - Michele Coleman Mayes describes her hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 11 Story: 5 - Michele Coleman Mayes describes her concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 11 Story: 6 - Michele Coleman Mayes reflects upon race in America
  • Tape: 11 Story: 7 - Michele Coleman Mayes reflects upon her legacy