Inclusivity Included: Powerful personal stories
How workplaces promote recovery by destigmatizing mental illness

How workplaces promote recovery by destigmatizing mental illness

October 14, 2020

World Mental Health Day is observed every year on October 10, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world. Mark Goldstein, partner chair of Reed Smith’s Mental Health Task Force, talks powerfully about challenging the stigma associated with mental health. Joined by hosts John Iino and Iveliz Crespo, Mark shares his personal experience with mental health symptoms and describes strategies companies can use to cultivate psychological wellness and encourage help-seeking behaviors. 

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Why Organizations Need to Be ‘Disability-Confident’… and How to Make that Happen

Why Organizations Need to Be ‘Disability-Confident’… and How to Make that Happen

September 30, 2020

The three co-founders of Reed Smith’s disability focused inclusion group share best practices and challenges in building an effective employee resource group for people with disabilities. This comes on the heels of the news that Reed Smith has earned the top score of 100 on the Disability Equality Index, a benchmarking tool that offers businesses an opportunity to self-report their disability inclusion policies and practices. Luke Debevec, Kevin Hara and Carolyn Pepper join co-hosts Iveliz Crespo and John Iino to share their experiences and best practices.

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Dr. Yasmin Davidds: Empowering Latinas and multicultural women to become leaders around the world

Dr. Yasmin Davidds: Empowering Latinas and multicultural women to become leaders around the world

September 16, 2020

Dr. Yasmin Davidds joins John Iino and Iveliz Crespo to share her personal stories of empowering and developing multicultural women leaders.  An organizational psychologist, Dr. Davidds has helped develop over 2,000 corporate leaders in more than 200 blue chip companies in 22 countries; by teaching, instructing and developing negotiation skills and leadership competencies, and focusing on women in professional, academic and corporate settings.

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Revisiting Race: Examining “Blackness” in Latinx communities

Revisiting Race: Examining “Blackness” in Latinx communities

August 26, 2020

Dr. Shantee Rosado, professor in Africana Studies at Rutgers University, delves into the intersections and emergence of Afro-Latinidad in the United States. Joined by D&I advisor Iveliz Crespo and Life Sciences partner Julia López, Rosado discusses coalition-building to advance racial equity, and shares strategies to combat anti-blackness and colorism in Latinx communities.

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The American Indian College Fund: Changing the face of higher education

The American Indian College Fund: Changing the face of higher education

August 12, 2020

Cheryl Crazy Bull, president and CEO, and Emily White Hat, J.D., vice president of programs, of the American Indian College Fund, discuss the indigenous populations they serve, the College Fund’s transformative advocacy work, and how individuals and organizations can support Native Americans. Reed Smith Global Chief Diversity Officer John Iino and Global D&I Advisor Iveliz Crespo moderate the episode.

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A. Scott Bolden: Living at the intersection of business, law, politics and race

A. Scott Bolden: Living at the intersection of business, law, politics and race

July 29, 2020

Reed Smith Managing Partner A. Scott Bolden shares stories about his childhood during the civil rights movement, reflects on his successful career, and offers his unique insight on the need for more discussion and reconciliation around race relations, in an episode recorded earlier this year. Bolden is the current managing partner of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.

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Deconstructing White Privilege: Calling all upstanders (Part 3)

Deconstructing White Privilege: Calling all upstanders (Part 3)

July 16, 2020

In Part 3 of our series “Deconstructing White Privilege,” former Reed Smith partner Mike Scott, associate Lora Spencer, and co-hosts Iveliz Crespo and John Iino discuss their work on the case to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the Mississippi state flag. They also will emphasize the importance of upstanders who support the Black community and interrupt racism.

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Deconstructing White Privilege: When white women cry (Part 2)

Deconstructing White Privilege: When white women cry (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.

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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.

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