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. The National Association of Women Lawyers Announces 2018 Awardees

BusinessWire, 5/31/18

Ben Wilson, LCLD Board Member and Chair of Beveridge & Diamond, is receiving the Lead by Example Award for supporting the advancement of women within his organization; LCLD Member organization 3M is receiving the President’s Award for championing policies, programs, and procedures to advance women. 

2. Reed Smith Revamps Associate Life 

The American Lawyer, 5/30/18

LCLD Member firm Reed Smith rolled out a series of innovations to support associates, including a feedback app, inter-office secondments, new categories for billable hours, and a reverse mentoring program. 

3. HP Pushed Ad Agencies to Do Better on Diversity—And Saw a Change in Ad Performance

Quartz, 5/30/18

After challenging its ad agencies to increase the diversity of their teams, LCLD Member organization HP Inc. saw a 35 percent increase in revenue per ad impression, as well as a six point increase in purchase intent. 

4. Asian Americans are the Least Likely Group to Be Promoted to Management

Harvard Business Review, 5/31/18

Even in Silicon Valley, where they are most likely to be hired into high-tech jobs, Asian Americans are least likely to be promoted to leadership roles.     

5. Meet the Last Surviving Witness of the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 

NPR, 5/31/18

In 1945, Olivia Hooker became the first African-American woman to join the U.S. Coast Guard. She is also the last survivor of the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921, which left dozens dead and 9,000 homeless.

6. What Makes a Great Leader, in Eight Counterintuitive Charts 

Quartz, 6/5/18

Journalist Shane Snow shares surprising insights he’s gleaned from some of world’s top leaders, including: the best companies are stubborn on vision, but flexible on strategy; the most innovation comes on a team with shared goals but diverging values; and “angelic troublemakers” are critical for progress.