5th Annual Diversity & Inclusion Conference - March 13, 2012 @ Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Sponsored by the Diversity Circle of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
Join the legal and business communities of Northeast Ohio for a day of active dialogue with nationally recognized organizations that are leading the way to creating meaningful and profitable cultures of inclusion within the legal profession and beyond.
Building Successful Pipelines
Innovation in Diversity & Inclusiveness: The Key to Taking Efforts to the Next Level
New In Your D&I Toolbox: How Part- Time Partners Boost Profits and Diversity
A Decade of Progress: The Corporate Equality Index
Rebecca Ruppert McMahon, Cuyahoga Community College
Stephen M. O’Bryan, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
8:30 a.m. Welcome
8:40 a.m. Building Successful Pipelines in Cleveland and Beyond
Sandra English, Assistant Director of Admissions, Cleveland-Marshall Law School
Valissa Turner, Diversity Manager, Thompson Hine LLP
Sanford E. Watson, Counsel and Diversity Committee Chair, Tucker Ellis & West LLP
Peggy Zone Fisher, President & CEO, The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio
Jessica Daigler, Director, LeadDIVERSITY, The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio
10:00 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. Innovation in Diversity & Inclusiveness: The Key to Taking Efforts to the Next Level
Kathleen B. Nalty, JD, The Center for Legal Inclusiveness
11:45 a.m. Luncheon & Keynote Presentation (CLE is not available for this session)
Topic: Raising the Bar for Economic Inclusion and Diversity
Jeffrey Cohen, Vice Chairman Cleveland Cavaliers and Principal for Rock Gaming
1:15 p.m. New In Your D&I Toolbox: How Part-Time Partners Boost Profits and Diversity
Cynthia Thomas Calvert, Esq., CT Calvert & Associates
2:45 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. A Decade of Progress: The Corporate Equality Index
Sarah Warbelow, State Legislative Director, Human Rights Campaign
Panel of Corporate Representatives
4:30 p.m. Wrap-Up/Closing Remarks
4:45 p.m. Networking Reception and Presentation of CMBA Inclusion Innovation Awards
To recognize and celebrate individuals and organizations that are positively contributing to the creation of a culture of inclusiveness within the Cleveland metropolitan area and beyond, the CMBA Diversity Circle is accepting nominations for the first-ever Diversity & Inclusion Awards. Click here to download the awards application.
During the 5th Annual Diversity & Inclusion Conference on March 13, 2012 at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, the Diversity Circle will be presenting three distinct Diversity & Inclusion Awards. The deadline for nominations is February 27, 2012.
Awards will be made in the following categories:
(1) The Diversity & Inclusion Pioneer Award will be given to an individual attorney, although he/she need not be actively practicing law, who has been a pioneer and/or champion in the field of diversity and inclusion within the legal profession;
(2) The Diversity & Inclusion Trailblazer Award will be given to a law firm or corporate legal department (whether for-profit or not-for-profit) that has demonstrated success in building a genuine culture of inclusion with its workforce, clients and/or the Greater Cleveland community at large; and
(3) The Diversity & Inclusion Pacesetter Award will be given to a business or organization, other than a law firm or corporate legal department, which has demonstrated success in creating and/or contributing to the creation of a genuine culture of inclusion within the greater Cleveland workforce and/or community.
The CMBA and the Diversity Circle gratefully acknowledge our sponsors for their contributions to this event.
For more information on sponsorship, please click here to view the commitment form.
Calfee Halter & Griswold LLP
Giffen & Kaminski, LLC
Squire Sanders (US) LLP
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP
Cliffs Natural Resources, Inc.
Collins & Scanlon, LLP
Forest City Enterprises
Key Bank N.A.
Littler Mendelson, P.C.
Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Reminger Co., LPA
Seeley, Savidge, Ebert & Gourash Co., LPA
Thompson Hine LLP
Tucker Ellis & West LLP
Ulmer & Berne LLP
Walter & Haverfield LLP
Weisman, Kennedy & Berris Co., L.P.A.