Joel Stern was the Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms, Inc. (NAMWOLF) for seven years, recently announcing his retirement effective March 2021. NAMWOLF is a nonprofit trade association comprised of over 210 certified minority and women owned law firms across the United States.
Prior to his CEO role, Joel spent more than 25 years as an in-house counsel for major companies including IBM, Sears, and Accenture. At Accenture, Joel served as Deputy General Counsel from 1996-2010. In this role, he managed all of Accenture’s Americas legal requirements and was the chief operating officer for the global legal group.
Joel is currently a Kidney Cancer Advocate focused on educating society on kidney cancer and how money being raised is leading to advances for those of us who are suffering from this disease including those like him who have Stage IV RCC.
Joel resides in the Chicago area with his wife, Donna, and his now three grown up daughters and three grandsons.