Diversity & Inclusion Conference

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2014 Diversity & Inclusion Conference - March 11, 2014 at Aloft Cleveland Downtown

Sponsored by the Diversity & Inclusion Committee of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

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Please join us as we feature nationally recognized speaker Kathleen Nalty to discuss exciting initiatives and action plans that take our firms to the next level-retaining and advancing our people to generate a truly inclusive work force.


Seminar Chairs:

Diane Citrino, Thacker Martinsek, LPA
E. Mark Young

12:40 p.m.     Welcome

12:45-2:15 p.m.

Where the legal profession stand today in terms of diversity
Review of statistics on representation of female and diverse lawyers
What is the difference between diversity and inclusiveness?
What are salient and non-salient identities and how do our social identities impact our decision-making at work?
Why diversity important in the business and practice of law
External Business Case:  What research studies tell us about the impact diversity has in the workplace and why clients are insisting on having female and diverse attorneys work on their legal issues?
Personal Business Case:  How do people from different backgrounds and social identities make you, as an individual lawyer, smarter and better able to see around corners for clients?
Reasons why legal organizations experiencing higher attrition for women and diverse attorneys
What causes the hidden barriers that disproportionately limit career paths for women and diverse lawyers?
Research on the role of unconscious bias 

2:15 - 2:30 p.m. – Break 

2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Business case for inclusiveness
Starting an Inclusiveness Initiative - how do you add inclusion to traditional diversity efforts?
Going “All-In” on Inclusiveness – “My-In, “Buy-In,” and “Tie-In” phases
How do you determine how inclusive or exclusive your organization is? (using a new organizational development tool)
What are law firms and departments doing to create inclusive environments to retain women and diverse lawyers? 
How are law firms partnering with clients on diversity and inclusiveness?
Creating your personal action list for advancing diversity and inclusiveness

4:00 p.m.     Networking Reception and Presentation of CMBA Inclusion Innovation Awards 

Join us for a reception immediately following the conference to honor the following individual leaders in our community who promote diversity and inclusion in their workplace and throughout Cleveland.

Inajo Davis Chappell
Adam Fishman
William M. Warren (awarded posthumously)
Sanford Watson


The CMBA and the Diversity Inclusion Committee gratefully acknowledge our sponsors for their contributions to this event.

For more information on sponsorship, please click here to view the commitment form.

Thank you to our 2014 Sponsors!

BakerHostetler LLP
Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP
Forest City Enterprises, Inc.
Giffen & Kaminski, LLC
Thacker Martinsek, LPA
Thompson Hine LLP
Tucker Ellis LLP
Ulmer & Berne LLP