The power of the LCLD Network to drive change—both within LCLD organizations and across the profession—was the theme of the LCLD Eighth Annual Membership Meeting, which was attended by a record number of Members and guests on October 17, 2017 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The night before, a crowd of some 500 Members, diversity professionals, guests, and the 2017 Fellows (who were meeting concurrently) enjoyed a festive welcome reception at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, including self-guided tours of the exhibits. 

The next day's meeting focused on expanding the power of the LCLD Network, as expressed in the visionary words of Chair Laura Stein, a recap of the LCLD Network's growth in 2017 by Robert Grey, and keynote remarks from author Joshua Cooper Ramo and luncheon speaker Ken Frazier, CEO of Merck & Co.

The agenda also explored how to harness the LCLD network in practical ways.

GC-hosted table discussions in the morning (above, left) sought to develop new ideas and experiments to advance diversity within law firms and corporations. A link to an article about the exercise is available in the agenda below, as is a video of an afternoon panel discussion moderated by Robert Grey, which featured four Member organizations (Abercrombie & Fitch, Seyfarth & Shaw, MetLIfe, and Fannie Mae) that are pioneering new ways to advance diverse attorneys to leadership.

And throughout the day, Members, diversity professionals, and guests were able to browse an information center in the lobby (above) featuring an interactive touchscreen map of Members and Fellows, the What's Working portal of the website, and an array of updated literature on LCLD programs and initiatives.

The agenda below features links to articles and videos that detail many parts of the day. For a full list of attendees, a photo gallery, and a printer-friendly agenda, please see the "Resources" section at the bottom of the page. 

If you have any comments or suggestions for next year's membership meeting (scheduled for October 16 in Washington, DC), please contact Robert Grey.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017


Explore What’s New and What’s Working at LCLD


Welcome [video]
Laura Stein, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Affairs, of The Clorox Company, and Chair of the LCLD Board of Directors

Year in Review [video]
Robert Grey, President, LCLD




The Power of Networks [article]
Joshua Cooper Ramo, Co-CEO, Kissinger Associates, and author of "The Seventh Sense: Power, Fortune, and Survival in the Age of Networks"



The LCLD Network in Action: Magnifying Our Impact Through Collaboration [article]

Table Discussions Led by Members from:

Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
Bank of America Corporation
Capital One Financial
Eli Lilly and Company
Facebook, Inc.
Fannie Mae
Federal Home Loan Bank
General Mills, Inc.

Honeywell International, Inc.
IBM Corporation
Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated
Lincoln Financial Group

Lockheed Martin Corporation
McDonald's Corporation

MetLife, Inc.
Morton Salt, Inc.
Nationwide Mutual 
PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.
PPL Corporation
Prudential Financial, Inc.

Target Corporation
The Clorox Company
The Coca-Cola Company

The Kroger Co.
The Procter & Gamble Company
The Walt Disney Company 
United Airlines, Inc.
United Parcel Service

Yum! Brands, Inc.
Viacom Inc.


Introduction by Laura Stein, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Affairs, of The Clorox Company, and Chair of the LCLD Board of Directors

A Conversation with Ken Frazier [article], Chairman and CEO of Merck & Co., Inc., moderated by Rick Palmore, Founding Chair Emeritus of LCLD




A Laboratory for Innovation [video]

Panel Discussion on What’s Working and an Exercise on Experiments in Inclusiveness, featuring:

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. – Robert Bostrom, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary; and Arooj Sheikh, Legal Counsel, Global Employement Group, 2016 Fellow

Fannie Mae – Brian Brooks, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary; and Kenny Perry, Deputy General Counsel, 2012 Fellow

MetLife, Inc. – Ricardo Anzaldua, Former Executive Vice President and General Counsel; and Brittlynn Burns, Corporate Counsel, 2016 Fellow

Seyfarth Shaw LLP – Steve Poor, Chair Emeritus and Partner; and Laura Maechtlen, Partner, 2011 Fellow




Vision 2020: A Look Forward [video]
Laura Stein, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Affairs, of The Clorox Company, and Chair of the LCLD Board of Directors; and Robert Grey, President, LCLD


Photo Gallery

Photography by Joe Mahoney