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. Why Macy’s Bold Diversity Plan is a Challenge to Its Competitors

LCLD Member organization Macy’s has set new diversity goals, including 30% ethnic diversity at the senior director level and above by 2025, and 50% representation of gender, ethnicity, age, size, and disabled persons in advertising by 2020.  Footwear News

2. IILP Review 2019-2010: The State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession 

The legal profession remains one of the least diverse professions in the U.S., and progress is made difficult by a continuing lack of data, according to a recent report from the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession.  IILP Review 

3. From the Outside Looking In: A Conversation with Jaimala Pai 

The engagement of managing partners and general counsel in LCLD is proof that there is a growing commitment to improve diversity in the profession, says Jaimala Pai, 2012 Fellow and Principal Legal Counsel at Medtronic.  The National Law Review  

4. Joint Development of Minority Talent Holds the Key 

With the right strategies, law firms and corporations can improve the minority attorney experience and reduce their rate of attrition while also improving law firm/client relations, writes attorney Macey Russell.  Law Practice Today 

5. How Microsoft Builds a Sense of Community Among 144,000 Employees 

LCLD Member corporation Microsoft uses technology to create connections and community between employees and leaders around the globe.  Harvard Business Review

6. The Ultimate Paradox: Law Firms’ Persistent Gender (Im)Balances 

To tackle the lack of women in law firm leadership roles, get buy-in from partners; review business and partnership models and their inherent assumptions; and educate partners on working around gender differences.  Forbes

7. If You Really Want a Diverse Workforce, Think Smaller 

Diversity allies play a critical role in confronting pervasive day-to-day bias; allies can support colleagues by giving credit where it’s due, questioning the makeup of teams, and speaking up to leaders.  Quartz