More and more companies and law firms are recognizing the significant benefits of having a robust diversity and inclusion program. But knowing where to start and how to tailor your D&I efforts to the unique culture, history, and resources of your organization can be overwhelming. This workshop is designed to meet organizations wherever they are and to provide them with a practical, phased approach to implementing D&I initiatives. From low-budget “beginner” programs to more advanced “full-budget” efforts, each tier not only expands the organization’s programming efforts, but also builds “capital” within the organization, creating an atmosphere and culture where more advanced D&I initiatives will be encouraged and supported. Participants will learn practical strategies for increasing their organization’s D&I capital and tracking their progress while hearing real success (and challenge) stories from panelists who have created and fostered award-winning D&I programs. We will present a panel discussion between attorneys and professionals specializing in D&I issues who have effectively led their organization’s D&I efforts from the initial stages to more advanced levels of development. Each panel member will share lessons learned and best practices for scaling up an organization’s D&I efforts, tying goal setting to practical plans of action to recruit new talent, retain existing colleagues, and reinforce the organization’s core values.
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