The People Behind Jack and Jill. National Executive Board.

Shirell Gross

National Program Director

Shirell A. Gross, Esq. has had a successful career as a Senior Executive in Fortune 500 companies. Most recently Shirell was Vice-President, Division Counsel and Head of Law for Bayer Pharmaceutical’s Radiology business. In her role, she had numerous responsibilities including global and North American management teams, overseeing legal support for the worldwide commercial business and the support functions of product supply, regulatory, communications, policy, quality, and its informatics (software) business. Before this role, she was the global head of law for Bayer’s diabetes care business. Shirell also served on Advamed’s (the medical device trade association) where she served on the Board’s Legal Committee. Shirell is currently a board member for Executive Women of New Jersey, whose mission is to advocate for greater gender diversity of senior leadership in Corporations.

Before Bayer, Shirell was corporate counsel at Quest Diagnostics where she initially was responsible for managing litigation, risk management, and outside counsel. Shirell later focused on commercial transactions, risk management, quality and compliance supporting regional laboratories, the chief medical officer, and joint ventures. Before Quest, she was an associate at Aaronson, Rappaport Feinstein, and Deutsch, representing physicians and hospitals in medical malpractice and professional conduct actions. She started her career as a prosecutor in Bronx, NY. She received her B.S. from Northeastern University and her J.D. from Hofstra University.

While climbing the corporate ladder, she has actively lifted as she rose, using her influence to bring along the next generation of business and community leaders. Shirell’s passion centers on helping women and people of color, defy the odds and have a successful corporate career. In this regard, she recently left a successful career in corporate America to have an even greater impact on helping others by becoming a certified life coach and starting her own firm. She now supports others through her new company Measure of Ambition LLC d/b/a ShirellSpeaks where she provides keynote speaking, workshops, and coaching services. She also sponsors women empowerment events. Shirell is a sought-after speaker for many associations and companies addressing personal self-awareness primarily centered around fears and self-doubt, leadership, and professional development.

She was recognized by Savoy magazine as one of the Most Influential Black Lawyers in America and was the featured Executive in the Quarter 3 July 2019 issue of Profile magazine. where she was described as “Dedicated to Growth”. She has also received numerous professional awards, including Black Doctors.org’s Top Blacks in Healthcare, Hofstra University School of Law’s Outstanding Women in Law, the YWCA of Bergen County Women of Influence Honoree, and Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter’s Women’s History Month honoree.

Shirell is completing a book where she also talks about her reset, upbringing, personal hardships, and career laddering, while noting lessons learned along the way.

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