Inclusivity Included: Powerful personal stories
Building a diverse talent pipeline

Building a diverse talent pipeline

December 29, 2021

Geoff Young, a partner in Reed Smith’s Global Commercial Disputes Group and executive director of diverse recruiting, joins co-hosts John Iino and Iveliz Crespo to share strategies for building a diverse talent pipeline. Geoff discusses his efforts in identifying and hiring diverse attorneys in accordance with the firm’s Racial Equity Action Plan and provides guidance for organizational leaders seeking to improve their recruiting practices.

Goodbye gender binary

Goodbye gender binary

October 20, 2021

Join us as we do our part to normalize respecting, sharing, and educating others about personal pronouns. Global DE&I Advisor Iveliz Crespo and DE&I Global Chair John Iino discuss being non-binary, the importance of respecting pronouns, and strategies that help ensure organizations and individuals are inclusive of the transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming community. This session honors, and coincides with, International Pronouns Day.

Beyond Hispanic Heritage Month: Building community and driving inclusion

Beyond Hispanic Heritage Month: Building community and driving inclusion

October 8, 2021

Hispanic National Bar Association President Carlos Bollar discusses his efforts to create workplaces, law firms, and a legal industry that better reflect and include the Latinx/Hispanic community. In a session hosted by DE&I Advisor Iveliz Crespo and Partner Julia Lopez, Bollar provides guidance on how organizations can improve their efforts to recruit, advance and retain Latinx/Hispanic employees, thereby tapping into one of America’s fastest-growing consumer demographics.

Returning to work: Women, parents and caregivers

Returning to work: Women, parents and caregivers

September 29, 2021

As companies prepare to return to the office, they are asking: What lessons should they take from this past year? 

In part one of our ‘Returning to work’ series, Reed Smith Gender Equity Advisor Dr. Dana Alvaré discusses the many ways COVID-19 exacerbated workplace problems faced by women, parents and caregivers. Along with co-hosts John Iino and Iveliz Crespo, she then identifies policies that help ensure return-to-work plans are equitable and inclusive of women.

Coaching: A diversity, equity & inclusion development tool

Coaching: A diversity, equity & inclusion development tool

September 15, 2021

Reed Smith’s Global DE&I Advisor Iveliz Crespo chats with Global Diversity Chair John Iino and DE&I Executive-Career Coach Kendrea Tannis about their journeys to coaching and why coaching is for everyone, including lawyers.

 

Cultivating the mental health and well-being of diverse employees

Cultivating the mental health and well-being of diverse employees

July 14, 2021

Dr. Sherry C. Wang, Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University, joins John Iino to share personal stories and discuss her scholarship on ethnic minority health disparities, including the roles of acculturation, stigma, and oppression.  Employees from diverse backgrounds lack representation, and face stressors, such as microaggressions and unconscious bias, that degrade mental health and interfere with psychological wellness. Furthermore, access to mental health care is unequal in the United States: Asians are 51% less likely to use mental health services than whites, Latinos are 25% less likely, and Blacks are 21% less likely. In this episode, Dr. Wang discusses the links between mental health and inclusion, and how organizations can improve access to culturally sensitive care.

For more information please visit Reed Smith's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion page or Reed Smith’s recent Mental Health Summit Report.

Legislating Identity: The fight to protect transgender rights

Legislating Identity: The fight to protect transgender rights

June 8, 2021

2021 has been a record-breaking year for legislative attacks on the LGBTQ+ community, with a tragic focus on anti-transgender legislation. Over 30 state legislatures have introduced more than 100 bills that would curb the rights of transgender people.

Sasha Buchert, senior attorney at Lambda Legal, discusses the impact of these bills, and describes the coordinated response that Lambda Legal is taking to protect the LGBTQ+ community.

Reed Smith Global DE&I Advisor Iveliz Crespo and Partner Alan York, who is also global chair of the firm’s LGBTQ+ business inclusion group, co-host this important session.

Justice for all: Building a generation of anti-racist lawyers

Justice for all: Building a generation of anti-racist lawyers

May 20, 2021

Rutgers Law School Co-Dean and Professor of Law Kimberly Mutcherson discusses the leading role lawyers (at law schools in particular) can and should be playing in the battles against racism and for racial justice.

Dean Mutcherson co-developed the Law Deans Antiracist Clearinghouse Project, a comprehensive phase guide to help law schools develop a sustainable anti-racist agenda. In this podcast, she reveals how law schools and law firms can turn statements of solidarity into action plans to combat racism.

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

Ray Cardozo: The Power of Proximity

Ray Cardozo: The Power of Proximity

May 6, 2021

As we kick off Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Reed Smith appellate partner Ray Cardozo shares his personal story including migrating from Kenya to New England, attending UC Berkeley, becoming an attorney and arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court for Reed Smith. Ray discusses the impact of racism and shares solutions all of us can undertake to stop hate and pay it forward for future generations.

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

Keys to recruiting diverse legal talent

Keys to recruiting diverse legal talent

March 31, 2021

Merle Vaughn, national law firm diversity practice group leader at Major, Lindsey & Africa, shares her experiences in recruiting diverse talent. She tells co-hosts  Iveliz Crespo and John Iino how leading recruiters have found success, how diverse individuals can maximize their opportunities and how employers can improve their recruiting practices.

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

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