As racial justice becomes one of the top issues that concern employees across the globe, human resources departments in many organizations are taking steps to improve their workplace diversity and inclusion (D&I) policies. Many companies are now realizing the importance of D&I in boosting creativity and productivity in today’s workforce. However, many organizations still fail to achieve their D&I goals.
Indeed, intention is not enough. Practitioners and business leaders who want to truly transform their organization should make sure that they employ strategies that will drive results.
In this LIVE Webcast, a panel of distinguished professionals and thought leaders will provide some of the best D&I practices which business leaders can apply within their organizations. Speakers will also provide an in-depth discussion of the biggest mistakes that need to be avoided.
Kristi R. Smith, Senior Manager of Innovation Solutions Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
Kristi Smith is the Senior Manager of Innovation Solutions at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner and serves as a member of the firm’s global Innovation Team. As a licensed attorney with an aptitude for incorporating innovation into legal processes, Kristi utilizes expert systems, automation, AI, intelligent workflows, collaboration tools, and other technologies to dramatically improve the efficiency and effectiveness of legal service delivery for BCLP’s lawyers and clients. Kristi’s past experience as a practicing attorney, training in project management/process improvement and passion for the application of innovative technology to the practice, allow her to combine the right people, processes and technologies needed to solve clients’ most pressing problems.
Maria L. H. Lewis, Chief Diversity Officer 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.