Compiled for LCLD Members and the 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 Faces on LCLD's Board 

In 2020, LCLD Board Chair Ellen Dwyer (Crowell & Moring) will be joined by Kim Rivera (HP Inc.) as Chair-Elect, Ben Wilson (Beveridge & Diamond) as Secretary, and Eric Friedman (Skadden) as Treasurer. LCLD also added four new Board Members: Deneen Donnley (Con Edison), Maryanne Lavan (Lockheed Martin), Tom O’Neill (Exelon), and Mitch Zuklie (Orrick).  LCLD

2. Advancing Black Leaders, Part 3: The Day-to-Day Work of Diversity and Inclusion 

“It’s not the organization’s job to change attitudes,” says Dr. Melissa Thomas-Hunt, Head of Global Diversity and Belonging at LCLD Member organization Airbnb. “But it is their job to weave their values into the processes and practices that reinforce company culture, making sure that everyone—from individual contributors to those in leadership roles—is demonstrating behaviors that align with them.”  Harvard Business Review

3. How to Recruit More Women to Your Company

The most effective way to add women to your ranks—building an inclusive workplace—takes time. But there are a few things you can do right away: adjust the language of your job descriptions, post salary ranges for open positions, and share stories of women who are succeeding at all levels of your organization.  Harvard Business Review

4. The Persistent Myth of Female Office Rivalries 

  • A recent study found “no empirical evidence supporting the notion that women are more mean-spirited, antagonistic, or untrustworthy in dealing with other women than men are in dealing with other men.”  Harvard Business Review 
  • Why does the myth persist? One reason is that a combination of affinity bias and gender bias can put women in competition for a limited number of leadership opportunities.  Harvard Business Review 

5. More Than 86% of Job Seekers Say Workplace Diversity is an Important Factor When Looking for a Job 

A survey of more than 6,000 job seekers and 350 employers found that workplace diversity is among the top three job search criteria for Millennials and Gen Xers.  PR Newswire