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. With Flurry of Firsts, Fentrice Driskell Looks to Open Doors for Others 

Tampa Bay Times, 10/15/17

“I’m used to being the first,” says Fentrice Driskell, 2014 Fellow and Shareholder at Carlton Fields. “If I can break down a barrier and leave a door open for women coming behind me, I’m happy to do it.” 

2. Millennials Won’t Destroy Your Law Firm. Can They Save It?, 10/23/17

LCLD Member firms Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; and Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP are among those changing firm culture to better incorporate Millennial lawyers.  

3. WATCH: Why Diversity is More Important than Having a Meritocracy

Big Think, 10/18/17

“Middle management is where diversity goes to die,” says Sallie Krawcheck, CEO of Ellevest. One reason for this is that middle managers often simply look for the “best person for the job” – a cognitive shortcut for “someone like me.”

4. 16% of Corporate Board Members Say Racial and Gender Diversity Has No Benefit ‘At All’

Fortune, 10/17/17

Another 11 percent said their boards had no diversity and they therefore couldn’t remark upon it; 27 percent of board directors also said too much attention is paid to gender diversity. 

5. Why No Company Should Have a Diversity Goal

Forbes, 10/18/17

“Diversity should not be a goal. Instead, diversity and inclusion are core strategies to achieve other results.” A combination of strategic leadership and internal and external actions is necessary to make that reality. 

6. Successful Law Firms Provide Both Proper Environment and Tech Tools

Legal Rebels, 10/17/17

“With the right culture of collaboration and inclusivity, continual improvement of processes occurs organically. Process improvement is aided by technology, and we’ll see the hot spots as we explore our tech landscape.”