Bailey Leopard (Email: bleopard@sgbdc.com)

Profile
Client-focused, solutions-oriented government affairs professional and business partner with sixteen years of in-house Fortune 100 experience in legal, regulatory and international affairs. Seeking a position to leverage unique corporate experiences and natural leadership, writing and pulic- speaking abilities to lead and collaborate with colleagues and serve clients.

Skills
Establishing, developing and maintaining relationships with: internal clients at all levels, including C-suite; external strategic partners; and key government decision makers.

Gathering information and input from internal stakeholders across multiple departments and global regions

Clarifying objectives and driving consensus to develop and execute strategies to persuade external strategic partners and government decision makers.

Collaborating with senior management, stakeholders and resources to drive objectives to completion on time, often within tight deadlines, while maintaining attention to detail and quality.

Writing detailed, persuasive communications and leading meetings with strategic partners and government decision makers.

Distilling complex issues and facts into brief summaries to keep internal clients and strategic partners updated, engaged and to solicit input.

Public speaking to promote company objectives regarding open markets, competition and free trade.

Writing similar speeches and presentations for senior management.

Maintaining confidentiality and the highest ethical standards while often working with highly sensitive information.

Experience
FedEx Express Regulatory Department, Lead Counsel (July 2002-
September 2018; promotions in 2003, 2007 and 2012)

Represented FedEx in international aviation and trade, with long-term, focused work in the Asia Pacific region, as well as globally, helping to open new markets, launch new services and address doing-business challenges and obstacles:

  • Air transport negotiations and related doing-business matters regarding China, Japan, Vietnam and other countries.
  • Various international trade issues, including customs, competition and market access.
  • Multi-year Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations throughout the Pacific Rim and other trade agreement negotiations.
  • Related issues before the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the State Department, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), the Department of Commerce (DOC) and other relevant U.S. and foreign administrative agencies.

Provided C-suite support and represented the company regarding various trade and industry groups including the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Airlines for America (A4A) and the U.S. China Business Council.

Served as the company’s “Cleared Advisor” to the DOC and USTR’s International Advisory Committee 10 (ITAC 10) for Services and Financial Industries, requiring secret federal security clearance.

Supported related company efforts as the subject matter expert with Cabinet officials, the U.S. Congress and the White House.

Planned, coordinated and hosted numerous foreign and domestic delegation visits to FedEx Express Worldwide Headquarters and the FedEx Memphis SuperHub.

Other areas of experience include air noise, environmental, administrative litigation, compliance and training, and export and import controls.

Recognition

FY06 and FY13 recipient of FedEx’s “Five Star Award,” the highest honor within the company, which recognizes business partners who have enhanced service and profitability and exemplified the spirit of teamwork consistent with the company’s PSP philosophy: People-Service-Profit.

Recipient of numerous FedEx Bravo Zulu Awards from management for outstanding achievement, effort and performance beyond normal job expectations.

Management-selected member of FedEx’s Spring 2016 Global Leadership Corps (GLC), a sixteen-member team that served non-profits in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, as consultants for a month.

Other Experience

Burch, Porter & Johnson, PLLC, Memphis, Tennessee Associate (September 1997 - June 2002)

Civil litigator, including commercial, environmental, regulatory and products liability matters.

Performed discovery, conducted settlement negotiations and trial work.

Managed case files and support staff, and interacted with partners and clients on a daily basis.

Education

Emory University School of Law, J.D., May 1997

1996 National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) Trial Techniques, Letter of Commendation (Top 15% student)

1995-96 Moot Court Competition

1994-95 1L Oral Argument Competition, Semi-Finalist

Birmingham-Southern College, B.A, May 1991

Blount-Monaghan Honors Scholar (full tuition and stipend)

Cum Laude, English degree with a minor in Art

Service-Learning Team, Old Mutare, Zimbabwe, 1990

Published in and subsequent Editor of the Southern Academic Review

Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Chaplain, Community Service Chairman and Intramural Athletics

Dean's List

Personal

Interests include cooking, music, travel, college football and international soccer.

Former Assistant Manager (1992-94) at a full-service restaurant, as well as server and bartender throughout college.