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Diversity in Fashion: Practical Solutions for Attorneys and

Diversity in Fashion: Practical Solutions for Attorneys and Their Clients
Thursday, November 12, 2020 | 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. 

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Program Fee: 

Free for Members and Non-Members

Please Note: All attendees will receive an email confirmation including a zoom invite by 5pm the day before the program with details of how to access the webinar.

Over the past few years, "diversity and inclusion" have been buzzy mainstays throughout most American industries.  The ground swell of anti-racism activism in the wake of recent social unrest has pushed these concepts even further to the forefront.  Mainstream fashion, specifically, has been embattled with a spate of recent cultural faux pas from luxury luminaries.  In addition, we have seen a surge of former employees share stories of discrimination and harassment during their tenure with fashion retail employers. These issues generally stem from a lack of diversity within the foundations of these organizations and in critical seats of power.  With the resulting advent of industry groups, such as the Black in Fashion Council, and initiatives like the 15% Pledge, the industry is slowly changing with the tides.  How can we as attorneys help our clients navigate these waters? Attorneys operating within the fashion space have a unique opportunity to play a critical role in ensuring their clients are implementing policies to prevent and address systemic discrimination, harassment, and cultural insensitivity. This session will provide insight into the importance of diversity and inclusion in the fashion industry, and provide examples of how we, as attorneys, can help guide our fashion clients in a direction that not only mitigates risks, but also has a positive impact on business. Additionally, we will explore solutions to many of the most common challenges of fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace culture.

Ashley Cloud
, Attorney, U.S. Small Business Administration | Co-Founder, Howard Law Fashion Law Society

Chinyere Ezie
, Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights
Ethan Miller
, Executive Board Member, The Black in Fashion Council | Former agent at IMG, Founder of The Fabric, CEO of EDMA
Andrea Threet, Associate, Morgan, Lewis, & Bockius LLP

Program Sponsor:
Office for Diversity and Inclusion, Deborah Martin Owens, Executive Director

Sponsoring Committee:
Fashion Law Committee, Hilary Jochmans and Mary Kate Brennan, Co-Chairs


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