Broadcast Date: Thursday, July 22, 2021
from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm (ET)


With various workplace diversity and inclusion (D&I) issues continuously making headlines across industries, human resources departments in many organizations are taking steps to improve their employee 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, D&I experts Kristi R. Smith (Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP) and Maria L. H. Lewis (Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP) 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.

Key topics include:

  • Emerging Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Trends
  • Risk Issues and Challenges
  • Best D&I Practices
  • Biggest Mistakes to Avoid
  • Gen Z and D&I: What Lies Ahead


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 Credit:

1.0 CLE

Speaker Panel:

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.


Kristi R. SmithSenior Manager of Innovation Solutions

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

  • How current events are inspiring organizational change and fostering a new commitment to D&I initiatives.
  • Before changing the world, focus on getting your own house in order.
  • When to speak up and when to give others the platform to do the same.
  • The value of data to define the right D&I strategies and measure success.
  • The increased need for leadership accountability, strong allies, and dedicated mentors.
  • How to ensure today's progress creates lasting change for tomorrow’s generation.


Maria L. H. Lewis, Chief Diversity Officer

Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

  • The importance and value of open communication across difference.
  • The intentionality behind allyship that extends beyond good intentions.
  • The necessity of understanding diversity through the lens of intersectionality of generational diversity.
  • Analyzing the urgency of now in the context of long-term inequities.


Date & Time:

Thursday, July 22, 2021

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm (ET)

Who Should Attend:

  • Labor and Employment Law Attorneys
  • Employee Relations Professionals
  • Human Resource Executives
  • Human Resource Managers
  • In-House Counsel
  • Risk Management Professionals
  • Chief Compliance Officers
  • Top Level Management


Kristi R. SmithSenior Manager of Innovation Solutions
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
Maria L. H. LewisChief Diversity Officer
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP



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