In times of uncertainty and economic upheaval, diversity and inclusion programs are often the first to be cut—which means the diverse attorneys they support can be impacted in negative ways. We asked Deneen Donnley, LCLD Board Member and Chair of Beveridge & Diamond PC, what three things legal leaders can do today to ensure that their diversity and inclusion objectives continue to grow and thrive.
1. Don’t abandon D&I principles due to significant business stress. Remember that D&I will bring long-term value to the business.
2. Demonstrate empathy and understanding when engaging with teams on coronavirus issues. Remember that different socioeconomic groups are experiencing the pandemic differently.
3. Lead by example. Demonstrate through your actions that D&I principles are important to you and your company.