Restructure This! Episode 15: ESG and the Working Mom in the Post-Pandemic Economy with Susan E. Lester


Sheppard Mullin's Restructure THIS! podcast explores the latest trends and controversies in chapter 11 bankruptcy, commercial insolvency and distressed investing. This week, Susan E. Lester, Global ESG Senior Counsel on the Marketing/IP legal team at McDonald's Corporation, joins us to discuss ESG – environmental, social and governance – in the post-pandemic economy, including the factors driving companies to embrace ESG and sustainability and the legal risk associated with ESG messaging.

Susan is also a mother of two and, as such, became a vocal advocate for working parents, particularly mothers, whose struggles came into clear focus during the pandemic. She graciously agreed to share her experience on this critical topic as well.


What We Discussed in This Episode:

  1. As McDonald's’ Global ESG Senior Counsel, what is your role?
  2. Why do you think ESG topics have gained such immense traction in the past two years?
  3. What are the legal risks that companies face in ESG messaging?
  4. DEI, or diversity, equity and inclusion, is a part of the “S” in ESG. How has the pandemic impacted the inclusion of women in the workforce?
  5. What can corporations do to support working parents, specifically working moms?

About Susan E. Lester

Susan E. Lester graduated magna cum laude of the University of Illinois College of Law in 2012.   Prior to joining McDonald’s’ Corporation, Susan worked at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in the IP Litigation group. She was with McDonald's Corporation for nearly seven years when she transitioned to her current role as Global ESG Counsel with their Marketing/IP team.  Susan coordinates legal support for business teams carrying out or reporting McDonald's’ various ESG initiatives.

Contact Information

Susan E. Lester

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