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How data tech and analytics can improve diversity, equity and inclusion programs

How data tech and analytics can improve diversity, equity and inclusion programs

December 17, 2020

Listen as notable speakers discuss the impact of IT and analytics in driving positive DE&I outcomes. Traci Shirachi, CEO of The Mark USA data analytics company, with Iveliz Crespo and John Iino, explain how data analytics broaden the definition of diversity, by drilling down into thoughts, feelings, socioeconomic backgrounds, relationships, experiences, culture, and generational perspectives. 

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Rethinking history through an Indigenous lens

Rethinking history through an Indigenous lens

November 25, 2020

Every November, Native American Heritage Month provides a national platform for indigenous people to shed light on their communities. In this episode, we will learn about the complex cultures and traditions of Indigenous communities and the often-overlooked history that continues to shape the inequities they experience today. Speakers include Jacob McArthur, member of White Earth Ojibwe Nation, Tori McConnell, member of the Yurok tribe, and Dina Horwedel, director of public education at the American Indian College Fund, joined by our hosts John Iino and Iveliz Crespo.

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Helping veterans fight for disability benefits

Helping veterans fight for disability benefits

November 11, 2020

In this special Veterans Day episode, Reed Smith partner Julia Lopez guest hosts a discussion with lawyers Melisa Geist and Kathy Oviedo to discuss their pro bono work to help veterans get a second chance at disability benefits that were wrongly denied or delayed. They’re joined by Rochelle Bobroff, pro bono director at the National Veterans Legal Services Program, which works to ensure that the government delivers to our nation's 22 million veterans and active duty personnel the benefits to which they are entitled because of disabilities resulting from military service. 

This episode was produced with support from RSVets, Reed Smith’s veterans and military family business inclusion group.

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Ask me my pronouns: Creating transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary inclusive workplaces

Ask me my pronouns: Creating transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary inclusive workplaces

October 28, 2020

In recognition of LGBT+ History Month, Nat Ochoa (they/them), an associate in Reed Smith’s labor and employment group, joins John Iino (he/him) and Iveliz Crespo (they/them) for an enlightening discussion on the importance of transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary (TGNCNB) inclusive workplaces. In this episode, Nat discusses being non-binary at work, their involvement with PRISM, Reed Smith’s LGBT+ business inclusion group, PRISM’s efforts to advance inclusion with Reed Smith’s recent pronoun initiative, and transgender inclusive strategies that organizations and leaders should adopt. 

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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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