Keys to recruiting diverse legal talent

Keys to recruiting diverse legal talent

Ray Cardozo: The Power of Proximity

As we kick off Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Reed Smith appellate partner Ray Cardozo shares his personal story including migrating from Kenya to New England, attending UC Berkeley, becoming an attorney and arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court for Reed Smith. R ...   Show more

Innovative DE&I programs for corporations

KeyAnna Schmiedl, global head for culture and inclusion at Wayfair, joins co-hosts Iveliz Crespo and John Iino to share their thoughts about the innovative programs and policies at Wayfair, and discuss which ones have produced the most meaningful results. For more information, pl ...   Show more

Legislating Diversity: Current initiatives and their impact on corporate America

Reed Smith attorneys Liza Craig and DJ Cespedes join co-hosts Iveliz Crespo and John Iino to discuss recent federal and state legislative initiatives that regulate organizations’ diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, the criminal justice system, and opposing litigation. They a ...   Show more

Best practices for building effective diversity, equity & inclusion programs

Many organizational leaders want to do the right thing—they’re committed to creating more equitable, diverse and inclusive workplaces. In spite of that, many leaders are unsure where to begin. In this episode, co-hosts John Iino and Iveliz Crespo join Reed Smith counsel Liza Crai ...   Show more

How data tech and analytics can improve diversity, equity and inclusion programs

Listen as notable speakers discuss the impact of IT and analytics in driving positive DE&I outcomes. Traci Shirachi, CEO of The Mark USA data analytics company, with Iveliz Crespo and John Iino, explain how data analytics broaden the definition of diversity, by drilling down into ...   Show more

Rethinking history through an Indigenous lens

Every November, Native American Heritage Month provides a national platform for indigenous people to shed light on their communities. In this episode, we will learn about the complex cultures and traditions of Indigenous communities and the often-overlooked history that continues ...   Show more

Helping veterans fight for disability benefits

In this special Veterans Day episode, Reed Smith partner Julia Lopez guest hosts a discussion with lawyers Melisa Geist and Kathy Oviedo to discuss their pro bono work to help veterans get a second chance at disability benefits that were wrongly denied or delayed. They’re joined ...   Show more

Ask me my pronouns: Creating transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary inclusive workplaces

In recognition of LGBT+ History Month, Nat Ochoa (they/them), an associate in Reed Smith’s labor and employment group, joins John Iino (he/him) and Iveliz Crespo (they/them) for an enlightening discussion on the importance of transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary (TG ...   Show more

How workplaces promote recovery by destigmatizing mental illness

World Mental Health Day is observed every year on October 10, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world. Mark Goldstein, partner chair of Reed Smith’s Mental Health Task Force, talks powerfully about challenging the stigma associated ...   Show more

Why Organizations Need to Be ‘Disability-Confident’… and How to Make that Happen

The three co-founders of Reed Smith’s disability focused inclusion group share best practices and challenges in building an effective employee resource group for people with disabilities. This comes on the heels of the news that Reed Smith has earned the top score of 100 on the D ...   Show more

Dr. Yasmin Davidds: Empowering Latinas and multicultural women to become leaders around the world

Dr. Yasmin Davidds joins John Iino and Iveliz Crespo to share her personal stories of empowering and developing multicultural women leaders.  An organizational psychologist, Dr. Davidds has helped develop over 2,000 corporate leaders in more than 200 blue chip companies in 22 cou ...   Show more

Revisiting Race: Examining "Blackness" in Latinx communities

Dr. Shantee Rosado, professor in Africana Studies at Rutgers University, delves into the intersections and emergence of Afro-Latinidad in the United States. Joined by D&I advisor Iveliz Crespo and Life Sciences partner Julia López, Rosado discusses coalition-building to advance r ...   Show more

The American Indian College Fund: Changing the face of higher education

Cheryl Crazy Bull, president and CEO, and Emily White Hat, J.D., vice president of programs, of the American Indian College Fund, discuss the indigenous populations they serve, the College Fund’s transformative advocacy work, and how individuals and organizations can support Nati ...   Show more

A. Scott Bolden: Living at the intersection of business, law, politics and race

Reed Smith Managing Partner A. Scott Bolden shares stories about his childhood during the civil rights movement, reflects on his successful career, and offers his unique insight on the need for more discussion and reconciliation around race relations, in an episode recorded earli ...   Show more

Deconstructing White Privilege: Calling all upstanders (Part 3)

In Part 3 of our series “Deconstructing White Privilege,” former Reed Smith partner Mike Scott, associate Lora Spencer, and co-hosts Iveliz Crespo and John Iino discuss their work on the case to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the Mississippi state flag. They also will ...   Show more

Deconstructing White Privilege: When white women cry (Part 2)

Jenna Chandler-Ward, founder of the Multicultural Teaching Institute and the Teaching While White podcast and blog, joins Dr. Dana Alvaré, Reed Smith’s global gender equity advisor, Liza Craig, deputy chair of Reed Smith’s Black business inclusion group, and Global Diversity Chai ...   Show more

Deconstructing white privilege

Ryan Williams-Virden, author and instructor on Reimagining Whiteness, joins Reed Smith Diversity & Inclusion Global Chair John Iino and Senior Public Relations Manager Devon Jaffier for a provocative discussion examining white privilege, why it is difficult for white people to di ...   Show more

Xenophobia against Asian Americans during the Coronavirus crisis

Since its official launch on March 19, 2020, the STOP AAPI HATE reporting center has received more than 1,700 reports of coronavirus-related verbal harassment, shunning and physical assault against Asian Americans. Manjusha Kulkarni, Esq., executive director of the Asian Pacific ...   Show more

Jean Lee: Fighting for equity beginning as an Asian immigrant

Jean Lee, president and chief executive officer of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, joins John Iino to share her personal stories, starting in her childhood, on how being a first-generation Korean-American immigrant shaped her commitment to advocacy and equity. Jean di ...   Show more

Disability Inclusion: Removing barriers to finding top talent

Jane Burton, chair of the Lawyers with Disabilities Division of the (UK) Law Society, and two Reed Smith associates - Danielle Liebl and Kevin Hara - join guest host Iveliz Crespo to share best practices that help ensure your D&I efforts are inclusive of people with disabilities. ...   Show more

Strategies to remain inclusive during the Coronavirus crisis (Part 2)

Kevan Skelton, Reed Smith’s chief HR officer, and Jeni Taylor, director of HR for Europe, the Middle East and Asia, join John Iino to discuss tactical steps organizations can take and programs they can use to support and engage personnel around the world during the COVID-19 crisi ...   Show more

Strategies to remain inclusive during the Coronavirus crisis

Iveliz Crespo, Reed Smith’s global Diversity & Inclusion advisor, joins John Iino in this episode to discuss strategies that business leaders can adopt to foster inclusion and mitigate the effects of social isolation on their employees. Formerly an employment and civil rights law ...   Show more

Amber Finch: overcoming implicit bias

Amber Finch, a Reed Smith partner, joins John Iino to share her personal and professional story and her path to success. In addition to being a lawyer, Amber is a role model, a mentor, and an inspirational speaker. “I wear my diversity to work every day in plain sight. Internally ...   Show more

Lloyd Johnson: founder of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association

Lloyd Johnson, CEO of Chief Legal Executive and founder of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), joins John Iino to share his history, his personal stories, and advice from his mentors over the years. Lloyd, who toured the world as a member of the NCAA champion USC t ...   Show more

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