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. Meet The Women GCs Who Are Transforming the Legal World 

Corporate Counsel, 1/16/18

LCLD Members Louise Pentland (PayPal), Marianne Short (United Health Group), Kim Rivera (HP Inc.), and Deborah Majoras (The Procter & Gamble Company) were among the 33 Transformative Leaders honored at the Women, Influence & Power Conference.

To see individual profiles, click on each woman’s name above. 

2. “Almost Invisible”: In Conversation with Chasity Boyce and Tiffany Harper

Modern Counsel, January 2018

“The attrition rate for black women is nearly 98 percent. It’s so high that we’re almost invisible,” says Tiffany Harper, Diversity Leader at Grant Thornton; she and colleague Chasity Boyce, Diversity and Inclusion Leader at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, founded the Diverse Attorney Pipeline Program to be part of the solution. 

3. Why Reforms Are Needed to Improve the Immigration System

Microsoft on the Issues, 1/10/18

“Like so many others, immigration has played a vital role in our company’s success,” writes Brad Smith, LCLD Immediate Past Chair and President of Microsoft. “The American tech sector achieved and has maintained its global leadership position because it can attract and retain the world’s best and brightest.”

4. How Goldman Sachs is Moving the Needle on Diversity

Knowledge @ Wharton, 1/11/18

Edith Cooper, Global Head of Human Capital Management at Goldman Sachs, shares the company’s multi-pronged approach to righting the lack of diversity in the financial services industry. 

5. OpEd: That’s What Ze Said

The New York Times, 1/9/18

“I’ll call my students they, or ‘xir,’ or ‘e,’ simply because calling people by the names they prefer is a matter of respect,” writes English professor Jennifer Finley Boylan on the use of nontraditional pronouns. 

6. You Don’t Just Need One Leadership Voice—You Need Many

Harvard Business Review, 1/10/18

Different leadership qualities are necessary in different situations; focusing on developing those diverse voices—of character, context, clarify, curiosity, and connection—can make you a more effective and authentic leader.