Thought-Provoking Panels Are Sure to Stimulate In-Depth Conversations on Diversity and Flexibility at 2016 Annual Conference

Do You Need Help Tearing Down Structural and Cultural Barriers To Diversity?

The third panel at our 2016 Annual Conference (Wednesday, March 16) will focus on steps you can take to interrupt unconscious bias and pave the way for the advancement of diverse talent.

The panel, entitled “Effective Change Management Strategies,” features advice from Carter Phillips, Chair, Sidley Austin LLP; Alice Valder Curran, Regional Managing Partner, Hogan Lovells US LLP; Maurice Watson, Chair, Husch Blackwell LLP; and moderator, Maja Hazell, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, White & Case.

This panel, which runs from 2:15pm-3:15pm, will explore how to combat second generation bias (that is, practices that appear neutral but that reflect the dominance of those who created them) in recruitment, evaluation, and compensation.

Panelists will provide concrete examples of evaluating the experiences of different underrepresented groups within their firms, holding all accountable, collaborating with clients, leading change initiatives from the top, and diversifying leadership and boards.

Suggested follow-up reading: “Assign Work Equitably” and “Take Your Firm’s Measure

Does Your Written Flexibility Policy Actually Work?

The final session of the 2016 Annual Conference will consist of an overview of the Alliance’s 2015 Law Firm Flexibility Benchmarking Survey provided by Manar MoralesPresident & CEO of the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance and Denise RobinsonDirector of Research.

Following the overview, conference attendees will participate in a “brain-trust” on creating, implementing, and supporting an effective flexible work program, facilitated by table leaders with experience in this area.

The groups will explore and analyze how to create and implement a culture of flex that is de-stigmatized, de-parented, and de-gendered.

Suggested follow-up reading: “Develop Your Firm’s Unique Business Case for Flexibility



For more information about the Annual Conference, contact Eliza Musallam.