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Cheri A. Vaillancour

Cheri A. Vaillancour

Fenwick & West LLP
Chief Professional Development Officer
Mountain View, CA, USA


Cheri Vaillancour is the Chief Talent Officer at Fenwick & West LLP, a national law firm that provides comprehensive legal services to technology and life sciences clients of national and international prominence.  The firm has approximately 360 attorneys, with offices in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Seattle, and Shanghai.   Ms. Vaillancour joined Fenwick & West LLP in 1997 as the firm’s Chief Human Resources Officer.  Under her leadership, Fenwick & West was the first law firm to have been honored for four consecutive years as one of Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Places to Work.  In 2005, she left her HR role to establish the firm’s Attorney Professional Development Department, and as Chief Talent Officer, has dedicated herself to building strong attorney recruiting, training, mentoring, career development and coaching, pro bono, and diversity programs.  She has coached firm partners and associates and conducted training programs for attorneys and firm clients.  Ms. Vaillancour has been a regular speaker for national and local organizations.   She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Education from Oregon State University, and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University.  She is a member of NALP, the Professional Development Consortium, American Society for Training & Development, Society for Human Resources Management, and the International Coach Federation.    
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