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. New Initiative Aims to Increase Black GCs at Top Companies 

Corporate Counsel, 5/16/18

There are currently 38 black general counsel of Fortune 1000 companies; this group hopes to see 50 by 2020, and 100 by 2025. 

2. These Are the 12 Fortune 500 Companies with Zero Women on their Boards 

Fortune, June 2018

Twelve Fortune 500 companies have no women serving on their boards, and among those 12, there are just three female executives identified in the companies’ SEC filings. 

3. The Defiant Ones 

Smithsonian Magazine, June 2018

In the years before and after the Supreme Court struck down school segregation, African-American girls led the charge as “firsts” in formerly segregated schools across the U.S.; over 60 years later, they reflect on their experiences making history.

4. For More Diversity, In-House Counsel Say: Be Intentional, Show Bottom-Line Benefits 

Corporate Counsel, 5/21/18

Corporate counsel discussed the importance of intentional inclusion at the Associates Committee for Diversity & Inclusion Speaker Series event hosted by LCLD Member firm Greenberg Traurig

5. Akin Gump Adds On-Site Counseling as Firms Fret Over Mental Health 

The National Law Journal, 5/15/18

Recognizing the growing number of lawyers struggling with mental and emotional health, LCLD Member firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is piloting a program that it hopes will build a stronger and more resilient workforce. 

6. The Power of Listening in Helping People Change 

Harvard Business Review, 5/17/18

“It seems that listening to employees talk about their own experiences first can make giving feedback more productive by helping them feel psychologically safe and less defensive,” write Guy Itzchakov and Avraham Kluger of their research on methods of effective feedback.