Broadcast Date: Tuesday, June 27, 2023
from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm (ET)


Creating an inclusive work environment is at the core of promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Notably, businesses with robust DEI strategies have a significant competitive advantage in this highly volatile market. Today, more companies are focused on implementing strong organizational diversity to the fore. However, while they are targeting effective DEI initiatives, it is crucial to ensure that internal and external systems and processes are aligned with DEI perspectives to avoid futile DEI efforts.

Join a panel of key thought leaders and practitioners assembled by The Knowledge Group as they present the latest developments and issues surrounding DEI. The distinguished speakers will also share the best implementation strategies to boost inclusivity in the workplace.

Key topics that will be covered in this course are:

  • DEI Strategies: Notable Trends and Developments
  • Critical Issues and Challenges in Implementing Equitable Systems
  • Boosting Diversity in the Workplace
  • Strategic Role of DEI Reporting
  • An Outlook


Course Level:



Advance Preparation:

Print and review course materials


Method of Presentation:

On-Demand Webcast





Course Code:



NY Category of CLE Credit:

Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias


Total Credits:

2.0 CLE

Speaker Panel:

Maria L. H. Lewis, Chief Diversity Officer
Highly Recognized Lawyer on Workplace DEI Matters

Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

As Faegre Drinker’s chief diversity officer, Maria Lewis provides vision and leadership for promoting and instilling a firm culture that builds, values and supports diversity and inclusion. In partnership with firm leadership, Maria serves as the champion for the firm’s overall diversity and inclusion initiatives by developing and facilitating strategies, decision making, priority setting and actions necessary to advance diversity and inclusion at all levels. She also serves the firm’s clients by providing litigation counsel on challenging employment issues in the workplace and conducting corporate training programs to improve workplace culture and reduce legal risks.

Leticia Kimble, Partner
Raines Feldman LLP

Leticia Kimble is an experienced litigator with a practice that focuses on complex business and intellectual property litigation, business and entertainment contract disputes, and all aspects of employment and labor law, including the defense of employment-related lawsuits involving wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, and wage and hour issues.  Leticia regularly provides trainings on workplace diversity, inclusion, and unconscious bias training.

Leticia is a member of the firm’s DEI Committee and Chair of the firm’s Wellness Committee.  Leticia has been instrumental in prioritizing an inclusive and diverse working environment.  She actively pushes for change in the legal industry and has helped launch a mentorship program for diverse high school students interested in pursuing a career in the legal industry in partnership with Communities In Schools Los Angeles.  Leticia regularly speaks on the topic of DEI and recently participated in a panel discussion on Building a Diverse & Multi-Generational Workforce.  In February, Leticia was nominated by the Los Angeles Business Journal for DEI Executive of the year in addition to being named a Leader of Influence – Labor & Employment Attorneys.

Stuart M. Katz, Principal
DEI Committee Chair

Cohen and Wolf, P.C.

Stuart Katz leads the Employment Counseling & Litigation Group and chairs the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion committee at Cohen and Wolf, P.C. He represents employers of all sizes in defending a wide range of claims. Stuart routinely provides workplace trainings and guidance to employers and employees regarding personnel policies, handbooks, internal investigations, and employee discipline. Stuart also represents professionals and executives in matters relating to their employment.  Stuart serves as an arbitrator and mediator for employment disputes and is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s Panel of Employment Arbitrators. Stuart is the only lawyer in Connecticut who has been named “Lawyer of the Year” by the Best Lawyers in America® for representing both Management and Individuals in the area of Employment Law, recognition that reflects his unique experience on both sides of the employer-employee relationship.


Maria L. H. Lewis, Chief Diversity Officer

Highly Recognized Lawyer on Workplace DEI Matters

Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

  • Establishing an inclusive culture, while creating a sense of belonging for all individuals
  • Conduct appropriate benchmarking that assesses where you are and where you would like to go
  • Avoiding performative DEI

Leticia Kimble, Partner

Raines Feldman LLP

  1. Business advantages of DEI
  2. Implicit Bias Trainings That Work
  3. Best Practices for DEI initiatives
  4. How to Recruit Diverse Talent

Stuart M. Katz, Principal

DEI Committee Chair

Cohen and Wolf, P.C.

  • How to set DEI goals for your workplace
  • Creating an effective DEI committee
  • Launching a DEI Lunch & Learn program

Date & Time:

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm (ET)

Who Should Attend:

  • Labor and Employment Attorneys
  • Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officers
  • Diversity & Inclusion Officers
  • Chief Human Resources Officers
  • Employee Relations Professionals
  • VPs/Director Human Resources
  • Human Resources Managers
  • Chief Compliance Officers
  • In-House Counsel
  • General Counsel
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Maria L. H. LewisChief Diversity Officer
Highly Recognized Lawyer on Workplace DEI Matters
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Leticia KimblePartner
Raines Feldman LLP
Stuart M. KatzPrincipal
DEI Committee Chair
Cohen and Wolf, P.C.



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