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Marla Barr



Bio - Tell us a bit about yourself.: Marla Barr is the SVP, Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Employee Engagement for Brown Brothers Harriman (BBH), a privately-held financial institution that has been a thought leader and solutions provider for more than 200 years. In her role, she oversees BBH's global Diversity and Inclusion, Internal Communications and Philanthropic strategies and programs. Armed with her unapologetic optimism, Marla strives to help her fellow BBHers be successful at their jobs. She achieves this by creating communications and programs that highlight the unique aspects of BBH's culture and talent, deepen relationships with the community, create rewarding volunteer opportunities and enhance the employee experience.

Over her eleven years at BBH Marla has spearheaded numerous initiatives to nurture and grow BBH's inclusive and supportive workplace culture. In 2012 she helped create the BBH Employee Relief Fund, which provides employees and their immediate family with financial assistance in the case of unforeseen emergencies. Marla is the President of BBH Employee Relief Fund, the Chair of the United Way NYC Campaign Cabinet, and Co-Sponsor of BBH's Global Inclusion Committee and Executive Sustainability Council.

Prior to joining BBH, Marla worked at Lehman Brothers for more than ten years. There too, she was critical to the Firm's philanthropy, events, communications and marketing programs. Throughout her life and career, Marla has been motivated by helping those around her. She firmly believes in the power of human connections and the benefits collaboration brings to individuals and institutions. Marla was born and raised in New York and received her BS in marketing from Lehigh University. She resides in New York City with her husband and two children.

She comments: "Being an ally means leading by example, not making assumptions, taking the time to stand up for what you believe in and doing what is right. There is nothing more fulfilling than seeing the success and happiness derived from people free to boldly be themselves, and knowing you had a small part in ensuring that opportunity for everyone."