In early December, LCLD Members joined President Robert Grey and the LCLD Community for the Language of Leadership series' final installment of the year: a live, in-depth discussion with Joel Unruch, LCLD Board Member and General Counsel of Accenture, on how leaders can use their personal commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion to drive lasting change.
"I made the pledge, I made it public, I shared it with the legal department...and we are reviewing it constantly," said Joel of his Leader's Pledge, the detailed and strategic action plan to advance diverse attorneys that is now a condition of LCLD Membership. "We don't need to do this alone. We can do this together in a data-driven way to see what's working and what's not."
The conversation delved into the power of transparent data-tracking, executive buy-in, providing "intentional opportunities" to diverse attorneys, and staying accountable to bold objectives and long-term goals. Joel and Robert also discussed the ongoing development of DE&I at Accenture, where 46 percent of the global company's 674,000 employees are women; one current goal is to be "50/50 gender neutral by 2025," including at the managing director level.
"The only way to make the pledge powerful," Joel said, is to make DE&I part of an organization's overall objectives—and these objectives must align with "what diverse attorneys need from their leaders."
He emphasized the importance of having personal conversations with diverse attorneys about their goals, challenges, and visions for the future, in addition to gathering feedback on DE&I progress via surveys. "We have a lot to learn, but we also have a lot to unlearn," Joel said, and maintaining these dialogues is crucial to avoid "losing the momentum" that has grown over the past two years.
Thank you to each of the distinguished leaders who joined the Language of Leadership conversation in 2021. We applaud you, and the 160+ LCLD Members who are leading from the front and using their collective voice for change. Together, we can build a legal profession as diverse as the nation it serves.
March | Tim Murphy, former LCLD Member, former General Counsel, Mastercard