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. Congratulating LCLD’s 2018 Award Winners 

LCLD Communications, 10/30/18

At this year’s Annual Meeting, LCLD recognized 62 LCLD Members as Top Performers and 62 as Compass Award winners; 27 of those organizations received both awards. Click here to see all Top Performers, and here to see all Compass Award recipients.  

2. How Lilly is Getting More Women into Leadership Positions

Harvard Business Review, 10/23/18 

Strategies LCLD Member corporation Eli Lilly is using to increase the representation of women in leadership include gathering extensive data, viewing barriers to advancement as business—not just HR—issues, and fostering a speak-up culture. 

3. Setting a New Standard for Women in Law

Lexology, 10/25/18

LCLD Member Kim Johnson, Chair of Quarles & Brady, interviews Betiayn Tursi, Co-Founder of the Women in Law Empowerment Forum, on achieving greater representation of women in positions of leadership and influence.

4. Cultural Brokers: How to Capitalize on Your Team’s Diversity 

Scientific American, 10/23/18 

“What’s needed to help groups make the most of their diversity is glue. Specifically, groups need members who are prepared to think carefully about how to best facilitate interactions among people who have different backgrounds and may look at the world differently,” writes behavioral scientist Francesca Gino.  

5. Are Law Firms Committed to Disability Diversity? A Handful of Firms Have Taken Action 

ABA Journal, 10/24/18

Despite the actions of a few firms—including LCLD Member organizations Reed SmithSchiff HardinSeyfarth ShawK&L GatesPerkins Coie, and Sidley Austin—just 0.54 percent of attorneys report having a disability (compared to about 20 percent of the general population). 

6. 7 Myths About Coming Out at Work

Harvard Business Review, 10/19/18 

“The importance of a supportive social environment plays a huge role in a person’s coming out decision… Respondents whose leaders publicly support LGBTIQ+ issues are 50 percent more likely to be out to everyone at work,” write the authors of recent research on LGBTIQ+ representation. 

7. #MeToo Brought Down 201 Powerful Men. Nearly Half of Their Replacements Are Women.

The New York Times, 10/29/18

“The #MeToo movement shook, and is still shaking, power structures in society’s most visible sectors… Women are starting to gain power in organizations that have been jolted by harassment, with potentially far-reaching effects.”