Category: Commentaries

CA Bill AB 979 Seeks to Increase Board Diversity

By David Sunkin and Taylor Parks, Sheppard Mullin On September 30, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill 979 (AB 979), an act that promises to greatly increase the diversity of the board of directors of a number of California-based publicly-traded corporations. AB 979 follows in the footsteps of Senate Bill 826… Read the full article

Board Diversity Helps Recognize and Avoid Reputational Risks

By Nir Kossovsky and Denise Williamee, Steel City Re Reputational crises are nasty, brutish, and enduring. To deploy the type of reputational risk management apparatus needed today, companies must understand the expectations of ever-changing and diverse groups of stakeholders, and stay attuned to constantly shifting cultural trends that pose enterprise-wide risks and require a response… Read the full article

A Framework for Implementing a Diversity and Inclusion Plan

By Gregory Olaniran , Partner at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP (MSK) I have practiced law for more than a couple of decades, and have had the privilege of being involved in diversity and inclusion efforts in law firms for almost as long. Over time, I have witnessed increased awareness of diversity and inclusion issues… Read the full article

Where Do We Go from Here? Women and Diversity in 2019

By Edie Fraser, Managing Director, Diversified Search; CEO, Women Business Collaborative; founder, STEMconnector and MWM “Women are underrepresented at every level, and women of color are the most underrepresented group of all, lagging behind white men, men of color, and white women. Companies report that they are highly committed to gender diversity. But that commitment… Read the full article

Three Critical Actions that Can Move Diversity and Inclusion to the Next Level

By Judith Katz and Fred Miller, The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group Inc. As we think about the state of diversity and inclusion (and many are calling out equity and accessibility as part of this discussion) and the work ahead, we recognize that we have come far and yet, have so far to go. Our work… Read the full article

Just Enough Training, Just in Time

By Lor N. Lee, Director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Mayo Clinic After wrapping up a diversity and inclusion session recently, I was approached by one of the participants who said, “You know we are still dealing with many of the same issues as we did in the 1950s and 1960s.” I answered, “Yes, we… Read the full article

Diversity and Inclusion in Law Firms: Some Progress, but a Long Way to Go

By Timothy Downing, Ulmer & Berne LLP At a time when the country is extremely divided, a broad and inclusive approach to diversity can actually bring people together. By working together, acknowledging and embracing the differences that all people have, and focusing on the various strengths we all bring to the table, diversity is a… Read the full article

Building Blocks for Closing the Chronic Gender Gap

By Sandra Martinez, Vice President, Global Talent Management and Diversity, at HARMAN For decades, the workforce ecosystem has recognized the link between company financial performance and diversity—that gender-diverse organizations have a competitive edge. However, while the global conversation around ethnic and gender equality intensifies, significant gender inequality persists in the workforce. With women representing 34… Read the full article

Our People Make the Difference—Every One of Them

By Ben Hasan, SVP and Chief Culture, Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Walmart, Inc. Technology is changing how we live, work, and shop at an unprecedented pace, and our customers have high expectations. In addition to finding great items at great prices, people today also expect the shopping experience to be easy, enjoyable, and fast.… Read the full article

The Human Equity Transformation

By Trevor Wilson, CEO, TWI Inc. This is the third time PDJ has asked me to write a “where to from here” article, looking at the current state of diversity, inclusion, and human equity. The first article was in 2007, where the writers were dubbed “pioneers of diversity.” I remember thinking that the word pioneer… Read the full article