When Marc Benioff decided to pull Salesforce operations out of Indiana to take on anti-LGBT laws he used his corporate buying power to create social change.

On a small scale this happens every day – companies making decisions because it is right and not because it is required. As a result, employees expectations go up and those benefits get shared with others.

Pay equity, retention, diversity and inclusion, maternity and paternity leave, sexual harassment policies – these initiatives are the work of employment lawyers who are changing the employment landscape and creating social change across the globe.

Listen as VMWare’s Lori Middlehurst shares her experiences in running global employment law in tech companies.

download-1Lori Middlehurst is director Asia Pacific Employment Law at VMware – based in Sydney, Australia. She is the trusted adviser to vice president of HR APJ and provides advice on employment issues for 6000 employee-region in 16 countries across Asia Pacific: hiring, termination, performance management, investigations, redundancies and layoffs, M&A, contractor issues, opening new offices, policies and programs, IP, discrimination & harassment, training of managers and HR.

She has held senior positions at Accenture, Hewlett Packard, and Sun Microsystems.

She is a current member of ACC-ACLA NSW executive board; ACC-ELLC International Subcommittee co-chair; currently working with Justice Connect to establish company in-house pro bono program; and is a mentor for female law students from UNSW.

She received a bachelor’s degree from UC San Diego and a JD from UC Davis School of Law.