Carolyn Potter

Carolyn Potter

Affirmative Action Lead
Affirmative Action
Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.
John Lennon

Joke: “How do you eat an elephant?” Answer: “One bite at a time.”

Carolyn believes this is the right attitude in her personal life, as the mother of two sets of twins, and professionally, assisting members to navigate the complexity of affirmative action and human resources generally.


Carolyn has been helping members develop, understand, and comply with federal affirmative action regulations and directives for 15 years. In addition, Carolyn has worked with members on the HR Hotline and employment engagement surveys. Carolyn previously was corporate counsel with a large public corporation based in Covington, Kentucky, handling a variety of HR and employment-related issues, including wage and hour, harassment, discrimination, litigation management, employee discipline, training and policy development, class-action litigation, regulatory compliance, and leasing and management contracts. Carolyn holds a law degree and bachelor’s from the University of Toledo and is licensed to practice law in Ohio and Kentucky.

Key Accomplishments

  • Contributed to the growth of MRA’s affirmative action practice, nearly doubling the number of plans
  • Maintained a high standard of service during the pandemic when staffing was reduced


  • B.A., University of Toledo, Political Science, Ohio
  • J.D., University of Toledo, College of Law, Ohio
  • Licensed to practice law in Ohio and Kentucky

Publications and Presentations

Carolyn has contributed numerous articles on new regulations, directives, legal alerts, and legislative updates. She has also presented to business organizations at Northern Kentucky University, Xavier University, and the Small Business Administration.