Compiled for the LCLD Board of Directors every Wednesday, this digest is designed to brief you on the latest headlines about LCLD Members and organizations, as well as thought-provoking articles on diversity in the legal profession, talent development, mentoring, and leadership. Past issues of the Digest are also archived on the LCLD web site.

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1. LISTEN: The CEO of Merck on Race, Leadership, and High Drug Prices

Harvard Business Review, 2/19/18

Ken Frazier, CEO of LCLD Member corporation Merck and a speaker at LCLD’s 2017 Annual Meeting, discusses his path to becoming one of the few African-American CEOs in the Fortune 500, leadership, diversity, and much more.
Transcript also available.

2. Drinker Biddle Resists Big Law Gender Gap with 50/50 Leadership

The Legal Intelligencer, 2/6/18

Following a push from the firm’s women’s leadership committee, women now make up 50 percent of both the managing partner committee and the executive management team of LCLD Member firm Drinker Biddle & Reath. 

3. Why Women (Really) Leave Law Firms

LinkedIn, 2/14/18

Firms that give women (and members of other underrepresented groups) plenty of opportunities to lead early on will make them feel more included—and more likely to stay, writes Kathi Vidal, Silicon Valley Managing Partner of LCLD Member firm Winston & Strawn

4. Ending the Gender Pay Gap in Law

Law Practice Today, 2/14/18

Changes to law firm compensation processes, getting more women into leadership roles and on compensation committees, and transparency around salaries are all concrete steps law firms can take toward closing the gender pay gap. 

5. Amazon’s In-House Lawyers Help Free the Innocent in Pro Bono Project

Corporate Counsel, 2/15/18

Under the leadership of General Counsel and LCLD Member David Zapolsky, Amazon’s legal department has dedicated 237 pro bono hours over the last year to Innocence Project Northwest. 

6. Power Can Corrupt Leaders. Compassion Can Save Them.

Harvard Business Review, 2/15/18

“By making a habit of compassion, leaders can counter the loss of empathy that results from holding power, and in turn enable better leadership and human connections at work,” says Rasmus Hougaard, Managing Director of Potential Project.