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Marla Hassner

Marla Hassner

Macquarie Group
Americas Head of Employee Relations
New York, NY, USA

MARLA HASSNER is a Human Resources professional with expertise in employee relations, employment law, diversity and inclusion, and workplace training. She is currently Americas Head of Employee Relations at Macquarie.

Marla graduated from Oberlin College and Cornell Law School, and began her career as an employment lawyer at Chadbourne & Parke in New York. Following her tenure at Chadbourne, she became Managing Attorney, Litigation at the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, the world’s first HIV/AIDS services organization. At GMHC, she represented people living with HIV/AIDS in employment and insurance-related matters, and in matters involving the right to privacy.

Marla began her human resources career when she joined the Employee Relations team at Lehman Brothers in 1999. After several years at Lehman, she worked at UBS in a similar capacity. She joined Macquarie in late 2014.

Marla has been active in the LGBT community since graduating from law school.  Marla is currently on the Board of the Empire State Pride Agenda, New York State’s leading LGBT advocacy and educational organization, where she served as Board Co-Chair for two years. Prior to her tenure as a Board member, she served as Co-Chair of the Pride Agenda’s Pride in My Workplace Committee, and as part of that initiative, helped draft (and, in 2009 and 2012, revise) a “Best Practices” manual that has been distributed to employers throughout New York State.  In conjunction with her Pride Agenda work, Marla has designed and facilitated numerous training programs on LGBT workplace issues, and has provided technical assistance to HR professionals and business leaders across industries to drive implementation of diversity and inclusion strategies.

Within the financial services industry, in 2011 Marla chaired the Best Practices Committee of the Interbank Roundtable Committee (now OPEN Finance), a forum for LGBT representatives to promote best practices and inclusion in the industry.  At Lehman, Marla was a founding Steering Committee member of the Firm’s LGBT Network, and was Chair of the Events, Volunteerism and Education subcommittee. In that capacity, she helped develop and lead affinity month programming and other educational forums. She also identified opportunities for strategic partnerships with community based organizations, helping to develop and maintain relationships to drive philanthropic and volunteer opportunities.


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