About Gateway Software Development
Meet our Board of Advisors!
Gateway Software Development, LLC Advisory Board is a board of entrepreneurial leaders, corporate executives, technical advisors and diversity experts
whose experience and expertise places Gateway Software Development on the path towards infinite growth.
Our advisors value the power of diversity in a global world.
John Lewis, Jr.
Global Chief Diversity Officer for The Coca-Cola Company
In this role, he leads all diversity, inclusion and workplace fairness strategies across the 200+ countries where Coca-Cola does business, including, but not limited to its Global Women’s Initiative, EEO/Affirmative Action Plan compliance, employee business resource groups (including multiculturals, millennials, LGBT, disabled, military veterans and women), diversity metrics, North America based multicultural employee initiatives and related routines with senior management and the Company’s board of directors. Working with colleagues in philanthropy, supplier diversity, legal, human resources, multicultural marketing and government/media relations, he is responsible for relationships with internal and external stakeholders on inclusion and fairness related initiatives.
Previously, John, who joined the Company in 2002, was the Company’s Senior Managing Compliance and Global Anti-Bribery Counsel responsible for Code of Business Conduct (COBC) compliance leading the COBC integration for Coca-Cola Refreshments following its acquisition by the Company in 2011.
Globally, John also managed the Company’s anti-bribery compliance programs leading training, auditing and internal investigations relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and similar anti-corruption laws and regulations, particularly in relation to corruption risks stemming from high profile Company partnerships such as FIFA and the Olympics.
Prior to his compliance role, John was the Company’s chief litigation counsel where he led the global litigation team that managed disputes, internal and government investigations and related counseling throughout the Company and its Board.
From 2005-2011, John led Coca-Cola’s Legal Division Diversity Council (“LDDC”), which he created in 2005. Under the LDDC’s leadership, Coca-Cola legal has built an award-winning supplier diversity program with more than dozens of new WBE/MBE law firms added to the Company’s outside counsel roster. Supplier diversity spending has grown with those same firms nearly eight-fold since 2005.
Additionally, the LDDC administers an annual diversity evaluation for the Company’s large law firms and has created a “Living the Values” diversity award now presented annually to one of Coke’s large firms for leadership, innovative programming and results in diversity and inclusion as well as a host of diversity pipeline and workplace initiatives.
For ten years (1995-2005), John served on the executive committee of the National Bar Association’s (NBA) Commercial Law Section (CLS) (nbacls.com) , including three terms as its Chair, (2000-2003). During his tenure as chair, CLS’ annual Corporate Counsel Conference (CCC) grew to one of the nation’s premier networking and business development conferences for diverse lawyers connecting hundreds of minority business lawyers in private practice with prospective institutional clients. Under John’s leadership, the NBA recognized the CLS as its “Outstanding Section of the Year” for each of the three years that he chaired the CCC.
John is currently on the board of the Private Bank of Buckhead (audit committee member), the GWU Law Alumni Board and is the former chair of the City of Atlanta Board of Ethics.
John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (with honors) from Morehouse College and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the George Washington University National Law Center.
Jeremiah A. DeBerry
Director of Diversity and Inclusion for Mayer Brown, LLP
Jeremiah A. DeBerry is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Mayer Brown, LLP. As the Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Mr. DeBerry is responsible for ensuring that Mayer Brown fulfills its commitment to enhancing diversity in the legal profession. In this capacity, he oversees all aspects of the firm’s efforts to recruit, hire, develop and promote diverse attorneys. He is also responsible for the development and implementation of diversity and inclusion policies for all of the firm’s offices.
An active proponent of diversity in the legal profession for more than 18 years, Mr. DeBerry served as the Director of Diversity & Inclusion for 6 years at a major New York City based law firm and is the former President of the National Attorney of Color Network, an organization that serves as a resource for legal employers seeking to establish a diverse workforce. Prior to that, he was a corporate partner in the New York office of a major law firm, where he practiced in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments and sports and entertainment. He is a frequent speaker and panelist on law firm diversity matters, a member of the Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals, and the author of “An Advocate of Their Own,” an article published in the Legal Times that identifies critical success factors for full-time diversity professionals in law firms. He also authored an article published in the New York Law Journal that addressed critical issues impacting diversity and inclusion in large law firms, including micro-inequities, unconscious bias and social isolation.
Mr. DeBerry earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was an Editor of the Virginia Law Review and an Earl Warren Legal Scholar. He received his undergraduate degree in Economics from Tufts University and completed the Executive Training Program on Corporate Governance at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association and The National Football League / National Football Players Association Research and Education Foundation. He is also a member of the National Bar Association, the Hispanic National Bar Association, Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association (BESLA), and the Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals.
Vice President Information Technology for Experian
Alva Bell Bullard, an expert at building and leading smart, independent, and enthusiastic technical teams, is a technology professional having worked in the industry for over twenty-five years. She has spent most of her career at leading market research and fulfillment firms, serving as a partner and CIO/Senior Vice President with Simmons Market Research for sixteen years. In 2004, she and her partners sold the business to Experian, a leading global information services company. At Experian, she is currently co-leading global software development teams in North America, Costa Rica, Melbourne, Australia and Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.
At a time when resources are scarce and demands are high, Alva is able to provide the vision and strategy as well as inspire enthusiasm in her staff to deliver upon commitments in an on-time, high quality fashion. She and her team have been recipients of numerous individual and team honors including Product Launch of the Year Award, Marketing Forward Award, and several Spot and Spirit awards for their contributions to product ideas, solutions and services to Experian’s Marketing Services division. In addition to these awards and recognitions, Alva was the recipient of one of the company’s top honors as an Elite Award winner. Included in this recognition was an all-expense paid trip to Rome, Italy!
Personally, Alva spends time as an advisor with WITI (Women In Technology International) South Florida, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Jack and Jill of America, Inc. – Fort Lauderdale Chapter, and Mount Hermon AME Church.
Alva received her undergraduate degree in computer science from Spelman College, her master’s degree from St. Thomas University, and is currently a doctoral candidate in Information Systems at Nova Southeastern University. When not working, Alva enjoys being the mother of a teenage son and daughter, and wife to her wonderful husband Carl.
Marla R. Butler
Assistant Managing Partner for Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P.
Trial attorney Marla Butler has spent the last fifteen years litigating and leading high-stakes intellectual property and patent litigation trials, Markman hearings, mediations and arbitrations. Her representations, which have included critical early case evaluations and assessments, have helped technology clients in the medical, semiconductor, LCD, networking and other electronics technologies industries monetize their patent assets and/or defend against lawsuits that threaten their businesses.
As a partner and firm leader, Ms. Butler has an enhanced understanding of the nuanced business issues her clients face. Ms. Butler’s leadership roles include serving on the firm’s Executive Board and is past chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee (2008-2014).
Ms. Butler is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, a highly selective Trial Lawyer Honor Society. Fellows are selected based upon effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, and superior ethical reputation. She was also designated a “Women Worth Watching” in the 10th Annual Profiles in Diversity Journal (2012). She was named a “New York Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers (2013).
Ms. Butler is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Lambda Legal and has previously served as a member of Lambda’s National Leadership Council. In 2007 she received the “One Child, One Lawyer Volunteer of the Year” award from the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation. She is also a volunteer and previous member of the Board of Directors of Georgia’s YouthPride, an organization serving at-risk LGBT youth.
Represented Xerox in the defense of a patent litigation lawsuit brought by U.S. Ethernet Innovations in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The case settled after Xerox filed summary judgment and Daubert motions.
Represents Xerox in the defense of a patent litigation lawsuit brought by R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and in Xerox’s assertion of counterclaims in that same matter. Technologies at issue include VDP software, raster image processing and network communications.
Florida State University College of Law, J.D., cum laude (1997); placed first in the Robert Orseck Moot Court Competition, sponsored by Florida Bar (1995); placed first in the Southeastern Invitational Mock Trial Competition, sponsored by Young Lawyers Section of the Georgia Bar (1996); president of the Florida State University Mock Trial Team (1996-97)
Cleveland State University, B.A.
Chief Executive Officer The National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms, Inc.
As of March 1, 2014, Joel Stern is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms, Inc. (NAMWOLF). NAMWOLF, founded in 2001, is a nonprofit trade association comprised of over 119 minority and women owned law firms in 34 states. NAMWOLF’S mission is to provide corporations the premier place to go to locate and hire minority and women owned law firms of the very highest caliber. These firms offer a wide array of legal services in several practice areas including litigation, labor and employment, intellectual property, complex transactions, insurance and corporate law just to name a few. Joel’s primary focus is to further NAMWOLF’s mission of connecting in-house counsel to experienced top-notch attorneys across the United States.
Prior to NAMWOLF, Joel was Principal of Stern Legal Consulting, where he provided hands on consulting services to law firms and law departments. He was also an executive coach to attorneys and business executives throughout the United States.
In one of Joel’s most recent consulting assignments, he was asked to join Hewlett Packard as a Vice President, Commercial Contract Services to revitalize and transform HP’s Commercial Contract Services Team. In this role, Joel successfully transformed a global team of 300 professionals who focused on structuring, negotiating, managing and remediating HP’s largest and most complex client services agreements.
Prior to this role, Joel was the Global Deputy General Counsel and COO Legal at Accenture. Joel managed the Americas Legal team and also had primary responsibilities as the Chief Operations Officer of the 420+ member global legal group managing all operations of the Legal team including finance, IT, human resources, communications, facilities and support services. Additionally, he managed all outside counsel relationships across the globe. During his tenure at Accenture, he was also tasked with revitalizing and then leading the Accenture Contract Management group.
Throughout Joel’s accomplished career, he personally championed key diversity and inclusion initiatives including leading Accenture Legal Group’s award winning diversity and inclusion programs. He has been a Board Member of NAMWOLF since 2010 and formerly chaired the NAMWOLF In-House Advisory Council.
Data Scientist and Investor for Cross Valley and Third Cohort Capital
Jon Gosier is an investor, serial entrepreneur, and data scientist working primarily in areas of big data.
Jon is partner at two investment funds, The Appfrica Fund and Third Cohort Capital. He has been listed among the ‘Most Influential Blacks in Technology’ by Business Insider 2013 and again in 2014. He’s also been listed among the ‘20 Angel Investors Worth Knowing’ and among the ‘Innovators of the Year 2013’ by Black Enterprise Magazine.
He is a Senior Fellow at TED where he’s given several TED talks. He is a graduate of Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses program as well as the THNK the School of Creative Leadership in Amsterdam. He is a two-time winner of the News Challenge run by the Knight Foundation.
As an entrepreneur, he is the founder of Appfrica which has helped multinational corporates do business and invest across Africa since 2008. He has held executive roles in a number of successful companies including: Market Atlas which has been compared to ‘the Bloomberg terminal’ of Africa, and Ushahidi which makes crowdsourcing tools for global emergency response.