Upcoming Events

November 12 & 13—Virtual Conference


“20/20: Strengthening the Vision for D&I Success”


Registration is now OPEN for the 2020 ALFDP Annual Conference and Meeting to be held virtually on November 12th & 13th.

To Register:  2020 ALFDP Conference Registration [surveymonkey.com] —Those individuals that register by the end of the day on October 30th will receive conference swag in the mail!

Please see the attached conference agenda for additional information.

Registration Inquiries:  please contact Janell Mallard (jmallard@wiley.law)

11:00 – 11:15 a.mRegistration & Intro to Remo
11:15 – 11:30 a.m.Welcome Remarks
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ALFDP Annual Meeting & Board Announcements
12:30 – 12:45 p.m. Break
12:45 – 1:45 p.m. Session A
Brave Leaders = Courageous Belonging Cultures
Kori Carew, Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
As diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging professionals we know that
success rises and falls with our leadership. Now more than ever in our
lifetimes we are called to be brave leaders. The gap between who we say we
are and what we do is often not only where we lose people but where we fail
in our inclusion, diversity, equity and belonging efforts. Based on the research
of Dr. Brene Brown, the Dare to Lead program is an empirically based,
courage-building program based on four skill sets that are teachable,
measurable, and observable. In this session we will go over the four skills for
daring leadership with particular emphasis on Living into our Values and how
we can help our leaders be brave. This session will be presented by Kori S.
Carew, a Certified Dare to Lead Facilitator.
Session B
Diversity Hours Policies
Raegan Henderson, Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Claire Zeise, Recruiting & Diversity Manager, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Are you thinking of implementing a diversity hours policy at your firm, or are
you wondering how to improve an existing diversity hours policy? In this panel
program, you will hear from
professionals at different law firms on their varying strategies and approaches
in implementing a diversity hours policy, with recommendations on how to
get the buy-in necessary to launch a program and how to evaluate and
improve existing programs.
1:45 – 2:45 p.m.Best Practices for Coaching White Men in Times of Racial Injustice &
Community Unrest
Paula Edgar, Inclusion Strategy Solutions
Following the death of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, the
legal profession experienced a wave of advocacy (at least in words) that
indicated a shift in intent and a want to facilitate impactful action. This wave
of action cannot be accomplished without the efforts of white men in power
(partners, executive committee members, etc.). This session will provide 10
strategies for effective coaching of white men to becoming allies-in-training,
and to adopt an anti-racist stance, which will lead to action and accountability
and increase efforts towards diversity, equity and inclusion in your law firm.
2:45 – 3:45 p.m.Networking Break
3:45 – 4:45 p.m.
Long Term Careers of Women of Color in the Legal Profession
Paulette Brown, Partner, Locke Lord LLP
Eileen Letts, Partner, Zuber Lawler LLP
The program will be based on the Report, "Left Out and Left Behind: The
Hurdles, Hassles and Heartaches of Achieving Long Term Legal Careers for
Women of Color. The program will explore the genesis of the report,
recommendations and how we can be effective advocates for systemic
4:45 – 5:00 p.m.Break
5:00 – 6:00 p.mImplementing Gender-Inclusive Workplace Polices for Meaningful Inclusion
of Transgender Talent
Dru Levasseur, Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, LGBT Bar Association
Patricia Eichar, Partner, Orrick
Ryan Rasdall, Associate, Goulston & Storrs
Law firms are working hard to address lingering gaps in LGBTQ+ inclusion,
particularly with respect to transgender talent. This panel will discuss the
rolling out of a Gender-Inclusive Workplace Policy at a law firm that has
served as a model for other firms, the effectiveness of incorporating
transgender attorneys into an interactive training process, and the impact
these steps can have, particularly on trans people of color entering the
6:00 – 7:00 p.mBreak
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.Networking Social – Trivia
11:00 – 11:15 a.m. Day Two Welcome & Board Elections Results
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.mThe Selfless Leader: Caring for yourself when your job is caring for others
Rachael Bosch, Fringe Professional Development
Janelle Christian, Fringe Professional Development
As a diversity and inclusion leader, one of your many jobs is to be aware of
and empathetic in holding space for your team members and colleagues. This
practice is especially challenging this year, given how heavy everything feels
in and outside of work. We know that “boundaries” can feel like a buzzword.
Rather than spend another session reminding you of the importance and
necessity of having boundaries, this program will help you overcome the
challenges and obstacles keeping you from putting them in place.
12:15 – 12:30 p.m. Break
12:30 – 1:15 p.mRoundtable Discussions
1:15 – 2:00 p.m.Session A
Podcasting 101: What to know about launching a podcast and using it as a
vehicle for storytelling
Alexis Robertson, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Foley & Lardner LLP
This program will explore how podcasts can be used as a vehicle for D&I story
telling within the law firm environment. Alexis Robertson will share her
journey launching a podcast for Foley & Lardner, The Path & The Practice.
She will discuss the impact it has had internally and as well as on recruits and
clients. Additionally, Alexis will share actionable tips and considerations for
launching a law firm podcast.
Session B
Awards, Surveys & RFPs, OH MY! Collaborating with Other Law Firm
Administrative Departments to Get It All Done
Kia Scipio, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Ropes & Gray LLP
Michelle Bendekovic, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Bass, Berry & Sims
Yakiry Adal, Director of Talent & Inclusion, Strook
Does it seem like all D&I awards applications, industry surveys, and business
development RFPs are due at the same time? And if that is not enough, all of
the awards, recognition events and ceremonies are also at the same time. So,
how do you juggle it all and still manage to be a strategic partner with your
employer and look good to your clients? In this session, we will talk about
utilizing various administrative resources, maximizing responses for use in
multiple applications, and the delicate art of navigating office politics and
delegating tasks to be sure all the applications get done and the best
representatives go to the events.
2:00 – 2:45 p.mGrief Unplugged: How Grief Infiltrates Law Firm Culture
Heather Horton, The H-Squared Group LLC
As long as the impact of grief remains hidden in law firms and the legal
profession, inclusion is neither achievable nor sustainable. Key takeaways
include 1) understanding the impact of grief in law firms & the legal
profession 2) how to provide support for grieving lawyers & balance
productivity within law firms, and 3) how to implement grief-informed
cultures within law firms & the legal profession. Grief is the underlying cause
of billions of dollars annually of avoidable costs to law firms & the legal
profession. Grief coaching and education are vital to achieving and sustaining
inclusion within law firms & the legal profession.
2:45 – 3:00 p.m.Closing Remarks