Event Preview — Strength in Numbers: Advancing Collaborative Diversity in the Workforce

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Diversity and Inclusion continues to be top of mind for leaders in the legal industry, and in 2018, inclusion and progress on civil rights for underrepresented groups seem to be the themes for the year.

To advance both, the Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute is proud to present the Strength in Numbers series in New York City and Atlanta. The first event in the series is a two-day program, entitled Strength in Numbers: Advancing Collaborative Diversity in the Workforce, on March 14 & 15 in New York City. The second event spotlights African American talent in the legal profession with Strength in Numbers: Celebrating African American Representation in the Law on May 9 in Atlanta.

The kick-off session, entitled “Diversity in Flux: The State of the Nation 2018,” will discuss the status of basic rights of underrepresented groups in the US. Susan Herman, President of the American Civil Liberties Union, and Rachel Tiven, CEO of Lamda Legal, will share their perspectives on the reduction in positive political support for minority groups among national leaders. Also, I have the pleasure of moderating a discussion about the exploration of commonalities of our differences in our diverse nation.

The rest of the first day will feature action-oriented roundtable discussions. The first option will be on the pitfalls of seeing a person solely from a perspective of his/her/their health, ability, ethnicity or other visual identifiers. Aaron Tax, Directory of Advocacy for Sage, Advocacy & Services for LGBT Elders, will lead a dialogue on how to eradicate misperceptions based on ageism.

Our goal is to provide a practical blueprint for creating a high-performing organization where diverse talent and engaged employees feel comfortable bringing their whole selves to work.

Devin Glenn, Global Diversity & Inclusion Manager from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, will oversee a conversation on the intersection of misogyny, misandry, homophobia, transphobia and related issues of gender identification in the workplace. Angel L. Ortiz, Senior Vice President of Labor Relation Operations at NBCUniversal Media, will host a lively debate on the outer limits of celebrating ideological differences and how to create an organization culture based upon the concept of unity. Finally, Robert J. Grey, Jr., Senior Counsel (Retired) at Hunton & Williams and President of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, will moderate a brainstorming session on how to retain a diverse workforce.

I am very proud to be co-chairing this conferenceMy co-chairs for the event are Gillian Power, Chief Information Officer at Lathrop & Gage, and Ricardo A. Anzaldua, Executive Vice President & General Counsel (Retired) at MetLife .

The sessions planned for Strength in Numbers intentionally highlight issues too often overlooked in the workplace. Participants are sure to come away from the event with insights and actions to take back to their employers. Our goal is to provide a practical blueprint for creating a high-performing organization where diverse talent and engaged employees feel comfortable bringing their whole selves to work.

The launch of this series coincides with the decision by the Legal Executive Institute to expand its platform beyond gender diversity and focus on all aspects of diversity — and, more broadly, on talent — to truly create a global conversation. The Transforming Women’s Leadership in the Law initiative will continue to be a pillar in this effort, with plans to expand the initiative to the United Kingdom and Canada, in addition to the one-day Women’s Transformative Leadership Forum in Toronto on May 3.