DEI Strategy Insights: How Top Companies Embed DEI Into Their Workplaces

Presented at the 2021 Creating Pathways to Diversity Conference

While the topic of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) isn’t new, 2020 was a wake-up call for companies to reexamine their DEI strategies. Advancing workplace diversity is more important today than ever before. Employees are looking to leadership to make a difference. Organizations must evolve or risk a shrinking candidate pool, reduced market share, and ultimately, lost profitability.

This panel will discuss their DEI strategies, and how they have embedded DEI in their business systems, and structured their systems with metrics and accountability to implement real change internally.

Nimesh Patel – Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Iris Chen – Deputy General Counsel, Airbnb, Inc.
Jennifer Lagunas – Vice President, Corporate Legal, Governance, Operations & Assistant Corporate Secretary, AbbVie
Lanesha Minnix – Senior Vice President & Chief Legal Officer, Flowserve Corporation
Amy Fliegelman Olli – Executive Vice President & General Counsel, VMware, Inc.

The Creating Pathways to Diversity® Conference focuses on global diversity and inclusion, talent optimization, inclusive leadership and management to bolster the promotion and retention of diverse attorneys. The program offers practical development tools, best practices and resources for individual lawyers and organizations.

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The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) is committed to advancing the hiring, retention and promotion of diverse lawyers in law departments and law firms by providing research, best practices, professional development and training, and through pipeline initiatives.

As the preeminent voice on diversity issues in the legal profession, MCCA accomplishes its mission through industry-shaping publications, research, and training, innovative pipeline initiatives, and curated events designed to connect its members to thought-leaders and one another. MCCA takes an inclusive approach to the definition of “diversity.” Therefore, its research and training addresses issues of race/ ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability status and generational differences which impact the legal profession’s workforce.

Over the years, MCCA’s thought leadership has been widely recognized. The association has received several awards including recognition by the Association of Corporate Counsel, the National LGBT Bar Association, the National Minority Business Council, Inc. and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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