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Charisse Ranielle Lillie is a businesswoman, attorney, and lecturer on issues of diversity, corporate social responsibility, and corporate governance. She is the CEO of CRL Consulting LLC firm after retiring from Comcast Corporation in January of 2017.  Lillie joined Comcast after thirteen years (1992-2005) at Ballard Spahr, LLP, a prestigious Philadelphia based law firm where was made partner in the Litigation Department. During her tenure, she served as Chair of The Litigation Department from 2002 to 2005. During her years at Comcast, she served in several roles, including Senior Vice President of Human Resources of Comcast Cable and Vice President of Human Resources of Comcast Corporation, and President of the Comcast Foundation and Vice President of Community Investment of Comcast Corporation. She was also actively involved in the diversity initiatives at Comcast.


Charisse R. Lillie, one of the most successful and respected women in law, shares advice, lessons and strategies for thriving from the courtroom to the boardroom. Lillie’s commitment to social justice is rooted in her career journey and commitment to community service. As a young attorney, she committed to her identity and her afro. When attorneys and aspiring leaders ask for her advice on joining corporate boards or navigating large corporations, Charisse takes the time to listen.

Mrs. Lillie has extensive legal experience as a Trial Attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the E.D. PA.  She is a former City Solicitor (City Attorney) of the City of Philadelphia and has served on many civic commissions. She is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, The Pennsylvania Women’s Forum, The Forum of Executive Women, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and The Links, Inc.

Mrs. Lillie is a member of the Boards of Directors of the Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company and PECO, an Exelon Company and Independence Health Group, Inc. She serves on the Regional Advisory Board, PA/SNJ of PNC Bank. She is a former Board Member and Board Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.

The Houston, Texas native received her B.A., cum laude, from Wesleyan University. She holds a J.D. from the Temple Beasley School of Law and an LL.M. from Yale Law School.

"Charisse is one of the most exceptional people I have met in my life."

Susan Jin Davis

Vice President, Environmental Affairs

Chief Sustainability Officer,

Comcast Corporation

"She is brave, she has opened so many doors, that so many women, so many others have followed through because of Charisse."


Renée Cardwell Hughes

Corporate Executive & Board Member 

"Charisse has not only blazed a trail for women like me, she is an advocate and a champion for diversity for all people."

Kimberly S. Reed

Chief Transformational Officer, 

External Chief Diversity Officer,

The Reed Development Group, LLC

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