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Phil Neuffer, Managing Editor of the ABF Journal asked DFA President & CEO Manar Morales to share her advice on creating a culture of diversity and inclusivity in the workplace.  The article, Beyond Statements: How to Build and Maintain a More Diverse & Inclusive Workplace appeared in ABF Journal’s Q1 2021 DE&I Issue.

“Organizations need to look beyond mission statements that include diversity and inclusion and make authentic and tangible commitments towards improvement…I advise leaders to peel back the layers and ask, ‘Well, what exactly are we doing to improve?’ We need to see more concrete actions towards creating cultures that support diversity and inclusivity.”

Manar Morales

Alliance President & CEO

ABF Journal

 

Read the entire article with more insights from Manar and Michael Bush, CEO, Great Place to Work HERE. The ABF Journal is a magazine for Commercial Finance Professionals.

 

 

During the COVID-19 international pandemic, we are calling on all member and non-member firms and corporations to double down their diversity and inclusion efforts. It’s critical that organizations pay close attention to who’s getting the projects/assignments and who’s not to ensure that diverse individuals are not being adversely impacted by the crisis. Unconscious bias can easily sneak its way into the decision-making process at this unprecedented time.

Learn more from this Law360 article, Pandemic Could Jeopardize Law Firm Diversity Efforts including a quote from Manar Morales, President & CEO of the Alliance:

“During difficult times, it is important for law firms to double down on their diversity and inclusion efforts rather than back away from them, emphasizing a commitment to those values.”

Manar Morales

The Alliance’s Action Steps are designed to assist organizations with implementing practical strategies and policies related to diversity and flexibility.  Members can access full versions of all of the Alliance’s Action Steps in the Member Resource Center.

As we approach the end of this year, we want to remind members of all their Alliance benefits and ways to leverage them to create a best-in-class D & I program. The Alliance is here to partner with you by providing high level programming with top consultants, cutting edge research, strategic guidance, community support, and networking in order to launch and revamp your D&I programs and policies. Here are some specific resources we want to highlight:

Programming: The Alliance offers Signature Seminars, which are high level, virtual programs that run six times a year. These programs have included top talent management professionals and thought leaders, such as Ritu Bhasin, Scott Westfahl, Verna Myers, Manar Morales, and Paul Burton covering a wide range of topics, such as business development, leading effective teams, feedback, sponsorship/mentoring, managing conflict, time management/productivity, and communication. Members can maximize this benefit by: (a) hosting these virtual programs for employees in a conference room with a follow-up discussion moderated by a leader in the organization; (b) providing employees access to these virtual programs for individual viewing for their career development; and (c) having talent development and D & I professionals preview these programs to assess which consultants might be a good fit to bring in for future programming. Remember it’s particularly important to supplement your flexible work and D & I program and policies with education so they are successful. The Signature Seminars can also be used to make sure flex professionals have the tools they need to succeed, supervisors understand how to effectively manage and lead flex professionals, and staff can gain insights to important ways to support flex professionals. Members can access Signature Seminar recordings for up to 30 days after the original air date…

 

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