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: In the Tradition of MLK, Working to Bend the Arc of History

LCLD Communications, 1/14/17

As a new administration prepares to take office, LCLD faces the challenges ahead inspired, and fortified, by the words of the late Dr. King. Listen to or read his Nobel Prize Lecture in its entirety on the LCLD website. 

2. In Year of Anti-Muslim Vitriol, Brands Promote Inclusion

The New York Times, 1/1/17

Ads from companies like LCLD Member Microsoft Corp. are providing “a glimmer of hope in the midst of a greatly traumatic year for Muslims,” says poet and activist Mona Haydar.  

3. The Power of ‘Nudges’ – And Why Attorneys Should ‘Nudge’ More in 2017

Above the Law, 1/13/17

Action-oriented change strategies that are based on data, implemented at an organizational level, and carried out by individuals may actually have the power to make law firms more diverse, says Paola Cecchi-Dimeglio of Harvard Law School. 

4. 5 Reasons Diversity and Inclusion Fails

Forbes, 1/16/17

“Our goal as leaders is to convert the melting pot of differences into a mosaic that fuels strategies for growth, innovation, and opportunity to maximize the full potential of people, brands, and businesses,” writes author Glenn Llopis.  

5. On Recent NFL Hires: ‘We Saw the Process Operate as it Should’

ESPN, 1/14/17

Thanks to the Rooney Rule, “NFL teams hired more minorities as first-time head coaches in five days than they had hired in the previous five years.” 

6. How Mindfulness Helped a Workplace Diversity Exercise

Harvard Business Review, 1/16/17

Using mindfulness techniques in diversity discussions can make it easier for people to share their experiences honestly and listen carefully to others without passing judgment.