Going All-In on Diversity and Inclusion: The Law Firm Leader’s Playbook
Going All-In on Diversity and Inclusion is for law firm leaders who want to promote inclusiveness initiatives to make diversity sustainable, so their firms can reap all the benefits of a diverse workforce. Unlike traditional diversity efforts, inclusiveness initiatives require firm leaders to go “All-In,” meaning:
- My-In: A full commitment by leaders, plus action to uncover hidden barriers to success;
- Buy-In: Gaining the support and participation of others in the firm; and
- Tie-In: Making diversity and inclusion, through structural changes, a part of the DNA of the organization.
Articles About Kathleen
Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: Thompson Hine’s Robyn Smyers (Law 360, January 2015)
“Identifying hidden barriers to inclusion is an important part of creating an inclusive workplace. Our firm is working with Kathleen Nalty, a nationally recognized consultant on law firm diversity. She has helped us realize how diverse attorneys often have less access to mentors and sponsors, high-quality work assignments, candid and timely feedback, networking and other experiences critical to advancement.” Law360 – Minority Powerbrokers QA
Practical Steps for Engaging White Male Attorneys as Champions for Diversity & Inclusion (ABA, September 2014)
A few years ago, I wrote an article listing eight practical steps for engaging white men in diversity and inclusiveness efforts for NALP. The steps outlined were based on my work with many white male attorneys and are still relevant today. I have personally witnessed the transformative impact of these steps on many white male lawyers. Read more.
Going “All In” on Diversity and Inclusiveness (Canadian Bar)
Leaders in legal organizations struggle on a daily basis with business models that make it difficult to respond to new market realities. Previous approaches, including traditional diversity efforts that result in a revolving door for female and diverse attorneys, simply have not worked and will never work without inclusion.
Inclusiveness is a new paradigm for the legal industry that takes traditional diversity efforts to the next level. It is the kind of transformative thinking legal organizations need to thrive in the 21st century. Legal leaders in every sector – private and public – are creating inclusive workplaces to leverage their human capital assets; not only to successfully respond to new market realities but also to provide better service to clients. Read more. Published by the Canadian Bar Association – click here.
“The Evolution of Diversity” (Minority Corporate Counsel Association, Diversity & The Bar, July/August 2012)
“Today, diversity leaders like Kathleen Nalty are calling for a renewed focus on true inclusion and retention to ensure that minorities and those historically under-represented in the legal profession are not only at the table, but that they are mentored, promoted, networked, and their voices are truly heard.”
Read more about how diversity efforts in the legal industry are evolving to focus on inclusiveness and how Kathleen played a leading role in moving the profession toward this new paradigm. Click here and go to page 38.
Law Week Colorado – September 2011
Kathleen Nalty was honored by the Colorado Bar Association for her ground-breaking work in developing diversity and inclusion strategies as well as founding and leading the Center for Legal Inclusiveness. Read more about her Diversity Trailblazer Award.
Just Like Everyone (ABA Journal, February 2010)
“If you create inclusiveness, you’ll solve your diversity issues,” contends Kathleen Nalty, executive director of the Colorado Campaign for Inclusive Excellence, a Denver nonprofit that is overseeing a pilot program to help 10 legal employers build inclusive workplaces.
“The focus has always been on the front end, getting people in the door,” she says. “But if you focus on the back end, people will come and you won’t have them leaving.
“It intuitively makes sense. People will want to come to a place that’s inclusive, and they’ll thrive there.” Read more.
Articles by Kathleen
- Get Over the Why Hurdle – For the Defense Magazine, September 2018.
- Do Law Firm Communications About Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion Efforts Affect Retention of Attorneys in Underrepresented Groups? –American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Diversity & Inclusion, May 2017.
- Interrupt Unconscious Bias Through Inclusion Nudges – For the Defense Magazine, May 2017.
- Strategies for Confronting Unconscious Bias – The Federal Lawyer, January-February 2017
- Strategies for Confronting Unconscious Bias – The Colorado Lawyer, May 2016
- Going All-In on Diversity & Inclusion – Indiana Bar Journal, October 2014, pp. 24-25
- 8 Ways to Engage White Men – Thought Leader Feature, Profiles in Diversity Journal, November/December 2012
- NALP Diversity Really Does Matter – NALP Bulletin, September 2012
- Inclusiveness in the Legal Profession – Retaining Lawyers of Color – ABA Labor & Employment Law Newsletter, Winter 2011
- Practical Steps for Engaging White Men in Diversity and Inclusiveness – NALP, September 2010