ALFDP sponsors Diversity & Flexibility Alliance 2018 annual conference

August 27, 2018 by  
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The ALFDP is proud to serve as a community sponsor for the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance’s annual conference, Diversity + Flexibility = Embracing Change on Thursday, September 27 in Washington, DC.

This conference will provide attendees the opportunity to:

  • Learn about real-world case studies from organizations who have moved the “football down the field” on diversity and inclusion initiatives;
  • Gain insight into proprietary, exclusive benchmarking data on flexibility initiatives;
  • Discover emerging best practices on how to be more deliberate about recruiting and retaining a diverse team;
  • Facilitate peer sharing around pervasive and persistent challenges, like fighting bias and stigma throughout your organization.

Guest speakers this year include representatives from Fannie Mae, Nestle, Dell, and Abercrombie & Fitch.

Save the date – Annual conference 2018

August 27, 2018 by  
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Please save the date for this year’s ALFDP Annual Conference hosted by Skadden in our Chicago office. The conference will take place on November 15 – 16, 2018.

ALFDP 10th Anniversary!

January 7, 2016 by  
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Ten years ago The Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals (ALFDP) was formed. Around 30 committed diversity and inclusion professionals from law firms across the US established ALFDP  for the organization to “ act as a catalyst for the advancement of diversity in the legal profession through our collective knowledge, vision, expertise and advocacy in the area of law firm diversity.” A decade later, ALFDP has grown to more than 140 members, representing 96 law firms located in 30 cities across 22 states.


ALFDP remains committed to its mission today as fervently as it did a decade ago. I am convinced ALFDP and its members will continue to provide valuable D&I expertise to our respective law firms and the profession during the next ten years.


Happy New Year!


ALFDP Board of Directors

ALFDP 2015 Annual Conference: Game Changers, the ALFDP Playbook

September 29, 2015 by  
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You are cordially invited to attend this year’s ALFDP 2015 Annual Conference, Game Changers, the ALFDP Playbook.


The Conference begins on Thursday, November 12 at 12:30 p.m. with our Ambassador Program.  Conducted over lunch, senior and board members will serve as ambassadors to new ALFDP members.  We will have discussions about ALFDP and key topics of interest for our new members.

The Conference will then commence for all members at 2 p.m. and run until 7 p.m. including a reception.  On Friday, November 13, we will begin at 8:00 a.m. and run through 4:30 p.m.


We are working on an exciting agenda, which will be shared over the coming weeks once finalized.  Based on your feedback, the Conference will offer a blend of internal and external experts who will focus on helping us make and manage change.  They will provide tangible information and tools to guide us in the areas of setting strategy, coaching, creating innovative training programs and solutions and identifying the return on the investments made in diversity and inclusion.


We will have two sessions devoted more personally to you!  One will help you identify your own MicroTriggers® and those of others.  The workshop also deals with the factors that influence the intensity of MicroTriggers® and how they can impact individual and group performance.  The other session will help you identify your preferred influencing style and how you can leverage that for greatest impact.  We are also pleased to welcome back ALFDP alumnus, Keith Early, who will share research he conducted about the lived experience of black women equity partners in large law firms.


Attached is a list of hotels that are located within proximity to Dechert.  Book promptly — prices are rising!

If you have questions, please reach out to any member of the ALFDP Conference Planning Committee: Olivia Blair, Carlos Dávila-Caballero, Mary Ellen Connerty (Chair), Sam Jacobson, Bobbie Jo Papagno, and Becky Whitehurst.


The best value of the conference comes for all that we share during our time together, so we hope to see you this November in New York.


Click here to register.


Please note that we have had a last minute drop off in attendance at the Conference in the past.  As a professional courtesy to ALFDP and our hosts at Dechert, please make every effort to attend the Conference once you register.  For cancellations, please contact Sam Jacobson at  Thanks in advance.


Hotels for ALFDP 2015

2015 Diversity and Inclusion Summit

March 17, 2015 by  
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Registration for the 2015 Diversity and Inclusion Summit Is Now Available
The 2015 NALP/ALFDP Diversity and Inclusion Summit will take place June 11 – 12 in Chicago and will feature two general and eight break-out sessions on topics including: the value of internal career coaches; unconscious bias; flexible work arrangements; and LGBT equality and the HRC index. The Summit begins with a welcome reception at 6:00 pm on Thursday, June 11 at Winston & Strawn LLP, and continues with programming throughout the day on Friday, June 12. Don’t miss the opportunity to join your colleagues at the 2015 Diversity and Inclusion Summit; register today!

ALFDP Fall 2014 Annual Conference

August 13, 2014 by  
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ALFDP 2014 Conference Invite

ALFDP Fall 2014 Annual Conference

November 13 – 14, 2014

Hosted by:

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

One Liberty Plaza

New York, New York


Please click “ here” to register.

ALFDP Fall 2014 Annual Conference




2014 NALP/ALFDP Diversity and Inclusion Summit

May 20, 2014 by  
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Attend the 9th annual NALP/ALFDP Summit on Diversity and Inclusion to take part in discussions on these and many other important topics:

  • What is social isolation among diverse lawyers and can it be measured?
  • How is corporate America managing its diversity efforts?
  • How can we be culturally competent in our rapidly changing world?
  • What is the role of talent management in diversity?
  • How can coaching skills assist you in dealing with the changing roles in law firms?
  • Generational differences, women’s issues, and much more.

The 2014 Diversity and Inclusion Summit will bring together NALP and ALFDP members, diversity professionals, law firm partners, in-house lawyers, career counselors, legal hiring and training professionals, law school deans, industry consultants, and other legal career professionals who have an interest in continuing to expand diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. The chief purpose of this exciting conference is to provide a forum for a robust exchange of information about the current challenges and innovations surrounding the issues of diversity and inclusion in the legal employment arena. Participants will also enjoy multiple networking opportunities, allowing occasions to connect and share best practices. A welcome reception, speed networking, roundtable discussions, and two meals will offer time to share ideas and connections with others in the profession.

This Summit features an ambitious schedule with topics from the front lines of the discussion about diversity and inclusion in the workplace and in the world, and offers a wide variety of speakers. Don’t miss this opportunity to join your colleagues at the 2014 Summit.

The June 5, 2014 reception will take place at Jenner and Block, J 353 N. Clark Street Chicago, IL 60654, and the June 6, 2014 substantive programming will take place at University of Chicago Gleacher Center 450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive, 6th Floor Chicago, IL 60611. Register today.

Diversity & Flexibility Alliance’s 2014 Annual Conference

February 26, 2014 by  
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As part of our ongoing effort to connect our members with some of the offerings of key mission-aligned organizations, ALFDP is pleased to be a community (no-cost) sponsor of the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance’s 2014 Annual Conference: Diversity + Flexibility = Sustainability, to be held on March 18 at the offices of Jones Day in Washington, DC.

The Alliance is a leading consortium dedicated to the advancement and retention of women lawyers and work-life control for all attorneys, and its conference explores the most up-to-date research-based action steps highlighting the intersection of diversity and flexibility. With over 150 expected participants, the conference will bring together general counsel, law firm management, and other legal industry leaders to discuss success strategies to improve attorney retention and promote sustainable organizations.
This year’s conference features keynote speaker, NYU Law Professor Kenji Yoshino, acclaimed author of the book, “Covering: The Hidden Assault on our Civil Rights,” and co-author of the groundbreaking report, “Uncovering Talent: A New Model of Inclusion.” The conference agenda also includes four panel discussions, and the presentation of the Alliance’s Flex Success Award to two outstanding partners working reduced hours schedules, as well as their clients, and its inaugural Flex Leader Award to a law firm chair who has championed flexible work by example.

For more information, and to register, visit conference-2/ . If you have any questions, please contact Eliza Musallam at You may also reach out to former ALFDPer Denise Robinson (now at the Alliance) at

ALFDP 2013 Fall Conference

October 16, 2013 by  
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It is time for the ALFDP annual fall conferenceExperience the Difference ~ Elevate Your Reach!

We have a fantastic lineup of speakers, panelists, and interactive sessions planned for Thursday – Friday, November 14-15, 2013.  Please note: this year’s format starts with several engaging professional development sessions for ALL members on Thursday, November 14 at 1:30 p.m. (registration opens at 1:00 p.m.).  You will not want to miss it!

The conference will take place at the office of DLA Piper (500 8th Street N.W., Washington, D.C., 20004), with the Thursday evening Conference Welcome Reception hosted at the offices of Crowell & Morning LLP (1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., 20004).  The conference will end on Friday at 4:15 p.m.   For more details, please review the agenda in the Conference section and the registration information in the ALFDP Member Resources section.

NALP and ALFDP Present the 2013 Diversity & Inclusion Summit

February 11, 2013 by  
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2013 Diversity & Inclusion Summit
Preparing for the Future
June 6 – 7, 2013
The Mid-America Club
Chicago, IL

Registration is now open for the 2013 NALP Diversity and Inclusion Summit. Please follow the link for more information:

For a complete list of sessions and descriptions download the 2013 Diversity and Inclusion Summit brochure.

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