Inclusivity Included: Powerful personal stories
When White Women Cry: Deconstructing white privilege - Part 2

When White Women Cry: Deconstructing white privilege - Part 2

June 30, 2020

Jenna Chandler-Ward, founder of the Multicultural Teaching Institute and the Teaching While White podcast and blog, joins Dr. Dana Alvaré, Reed Smith’s global gender equity advisor, Liza Craig, deputy chair of Reed Smith’s Black business inclusion group, and global diversity chair John Iino for a lively discussion on: the intersectionality between gender and race; why white women feel uncomfortable discussing race; and how white women can engage in discussions around race and racism.

For more information, please visit Reed Smith's Diversity & Inclusion page.

Deconstructing white privilege

Deconstructing white privilege

June 18, 2020

Ryan Williams-Virden, author and instructor on Reimagining Whiteness, joins Reed Smith Diversity & Inclusion Global Chair John Iino and Senior Public Relations Manager Devon Jaffier for a provocative discussion examining white privilege, why it is difficult for white people to discuss race, and what organizations can do to address systemic racism. 

For more information, please visit Reed Smith's Diversity & Inclusion page. For more information on the legal and business implications of COVID-19, visit the Reed Smith Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center.

Xenophobia against Asian Americans during the Coronavirus crisis

Xenophobia against Asian Americans during the Coronavirus crisis

June 3, 2020

Since its official launch on March 19, 2020, the STOP AAPI HATE reporting center has received more than 1,700 reports of coronavirus-related verbal harassment, shunning and physical assault against Asian Americans. Manjusha Kulkarni, Esq., executive director of the Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council, along with D&I Global Chair John Iino and D&I Advisor Iveliz Crespo, present a brief history of discriminatory laws against Asian Americans, discuss the impacts of discrimination against Asian Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic, and conclude with thoughts on how we can support each other during these times. 

For more information, please visit Reed Smith's Diversity & Inclusion page. For more information on the legal and business implications of COVID-19, visit the Reed Smith Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center.

Jean Lee: Fighting for equity

Jean Lee: Fighting for equity

May 21, 2020

Jean Lee, president and chief executive officer of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, joins John Iino to share her personal stories, starting in her childhood, on how being a first-generation Korean-American immigrant shaped her commitment to advocacy and equity. Jean discusses systemic racism impacting the justice system and the legal profession, her work to disrupt these inequities, the importance of allyship and strategies for truly inclusive leadership. 

For more information, please visit Reed Smith's Diversity & Inclusion page.

Disability Inclusion: Removing barriers to finding top talent

Disability Inclusion: Removing barriers to finding top talent

May 7, 2020

Jane Burton, chair of the Lawyers with Disabilities Division of the (UK) Law Society, and two Reed Smith associates - Danielle Liebl and Kevin Hara - join guest host Iveliz Crespo to share best practices that help ensure your D&I efforts are inclusive of people with disabilities. They share personal stories and discuss tips for hiring, recruiting and retaining people with disabilities - including the importance of flexible work arrangements. 

For more information, please visit Reed Smith's Diversity & Inclusion page.

Strategies to remain inclusive during the Coronavirus crisis - Part 2

Strategies to remain inclusive during the Coronavirus crisis - Part 2

April 16, 2020

Kevan Skelton, Reed Smith’s chief HR officer, and Jeni Taylor, director of HR for Europe, the Middle East and Asia, join John Iino to discuss tactical steps organizations can take and programs they can use to support and engage personnel around the world during the COVID-19 crisis. They share collaboration efforts between Reed Smith’s Human Resources and Diversity & Inclusion teams, including specific programming organized by their business resource groups, their wellness program, and their Mental Health Task Force, as well as some key actions leaders can take. 

For more information, please visit Reed Smith's Diversity & Inclusion page. For more information on the legal and business implications of COVID-19, visit the Reed Smith Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center.

Strategies to remain inclusive during the Coronavirus crisis

Strategies to remain inclusive during the Coronavirus crisis

March 25, 2020

Iveliz Crespo, Reed Smith’s global Diversity & Inclusion advisor, joins John Iino in this episode to discuss strategies that business leaders can adopt to foster inclusion and mitigate the effects of social isolation on their employees. Formerly an employment and civil rights lawyer, Iveliz has advocated for inclusion of some of society’s most marginalized communities. Iveliz and John will offer recommendations to address xenophobia, guidance on allyship and upstanders, tips for inclusive crisis communication, and ways to maximize employee resource groups during these times. 

For more information, please visit Reed Smith's Diversity & Inclusion page. For more information on the legal and business implications of COVID-19, visit the Reed Smith Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center.

Amber Finch: overcoming implicit bias

Amber Finch: overcoming implicit bias

March 25, 2020

Amber Finch, a Reed Smith partner, joins John Iino to share her personal and professional story and her path to success. In addition to being a lawyer, Amber is a role model, a mentor, and an inspirational speaker. “I wear my diversity to work every day in plain sight. Internally it means that I am a visual demonstration that gender diversity can and does exist within our partnership [at Reed Smith]. Externally it is proof that a black woman can be a partner at a major global law firm.” 

For more information, please visit Reed Smith's Diversity & Inclusion page.

Lloyd Johnson: founder of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association

Lloyd Johnson: founder of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association

March 11, 2020

Lloyd Johnson, CEO of Chief Legal Executive and founder of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), joins John Iino to share his history, his personal stories, and advice from his mentors over the years. Lloyd, who toured the world as a member of the NCAA champion USC track and field teams in 1976 and 1978, was able to bring a global perspective to his work. “For the most part, we look at prism through the conflict of race. However ... when you look at conflict through the prism of power, history, and information, all of a sudden things take on a completely different meaning. [The MCCA] is a clearing house of information. It provides multiple forums ... and that's an opportunity for people to focus on what is common, versus what is different.” 

For more information, please visit Reed Smith's Diversity & Inclusion page.