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Clients Are Driving Change:
Corporate Mandates and Diversity Leadership
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 | Program 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Program Fee:
Free for Members | $25 for Non-Members

The business case for diversity is undisputed. Research confirms that a team comprised of diverse professionals produces better and more innovative results. In light of ABA Resolution 113, the Mansfield Rule and recent, specific client calls and incentives for greater diversity in outside legal talent, the biggest and best law firms continue to be challenged by insufficient retention and promotion to partnership of women, ethnically diverse, and LGBTQ attorneys. A dynamic panel consisting of a diverse partner from Big Law and four corporate counsel will be moderated by an executive coach specializing in legal talent development to:
(i) showcase the critical value of grooming diverse attorneys for advancement through client interaction and commitment to authentic and enduring relationship building; and
(ii) discuss recent efforts on the part of corporate decision makers, with the power to determine legal spend, to strongly encourage meaningful contributions of diverse practitioners and genuinely promote diverse leadership.

Sachin Bansal, Director and Senior Counsel, Royal Bank of Canada
Mona Bhalla, Vice President and Assistant Corporate Secretary, TIAA
Linton Mann III, Partner, Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett
Susan Steinthal, Deputy General Counsel & Head of Consumer Banking Legal, Citizens Bank
Penny Williams, Senior Corporate Counsel, Workday, Inc.

Joi Bourgeois, Vice President & Director of Business Development, Greiner Consulting Group

Sponsoring Association Committee:
Minorities in the Profession Committee, Whytne Brooks, Chair

Co-Sponsoring Association Committee:
Women in the Legal Profession, Melissa Colon-Bosolet, Chair

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Related Resources:
If you are interested in this program, you may also be interested in these City Bar resources:
New York City Bar Association Diversity Benchmarking Reports

Diversity Toolkits & Other Resources

New York Institutes a Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias CLE Requirement for Experienced Attorneys


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