Seattle Inclusion Summit

The Seattle Inclusion Summit (“Summit”) is part of the new Inclusive Leader Program we launched this year in partnership with Microsoft to address the growing need for diverse and inclusive leaders to disrupt homogeneity in legal leadership. To accrue the dividends that diversity and inclusion (“D&I”) has the potential to produce, bold and inclusive leadership is required both on an individual and a systemic, organization-wide level. Diversity by itself is not enough. An organization with a reputation for inclusiveness becomes a magnet, attracting top diverse talent; in turn, that talent can better tap markets’ potential, whether in emerging economies or among a broader set of consumers.

The inaugural Summit will focus on the newly released research report, Bias Interrupters: You Can’t Change What You Can’t See. For decades, the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession (“the Commission”) and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (“MCCA”) have worked tirelessly to combat gender and racial bias in the legal profession. Nonetheless, statistics on women’s advancement have not changed appreciably over the years. In 2016, the Commission and MCCA partnered with the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law to conduct research to understand further law firm and in-house lawyers’ experiences of bias in the workplace. This new research confirms that many of the traditional diversity & inclusion tools we have relied upon over the years have been ineffective, and the findings have served as the foundation in developing the next generation of diversity & inclusion strategies. The Summit will share the findings from the report and review the tactical tools outlined in the report. The workshop will focus on how individuals can act as organizational change agents, implement real solutions utilizing those tools, create systemic accountability and benchmark progress.

Davis Wright & Tremaine LLP

1201 Third Avenue
Suite 2200
Seattle, Washington 98101

November 1, 2018
1:30 PM – 7:00 PM (PDT)

Event Agenda

Thursday, November 1, 2018

1:30pm – 2:00pm

Registration & Check-In

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Welcome & Overview

2:30pm – 4:00pm

Discussion – Bias Interrupters: You Can’t Change What You Can’t See

4:00pm – 5:30pm

Small Working Groups on Creating an Inclusive Culture and Eliminating Biases

5:30pm – 7:00pm

Networking Reception

Our Panel

A.B. CRUZ, III

USAA
MCCA Chair,
Former Enterprise Shared Services,
Senior Vice President,
Chief Legal Office

SAMANTHA GRANT

SHEPPARD MULLIN RICHTER & HAMPTON LLP
Partner

JENNIFER IVAN

MICROSOFT CORPORATION
Assistant General Counsel

MICHELE COLEMAN MAYES

THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY
Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

 Strategic Members 2018

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