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... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more