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Nutter and ACC-Northeast Present ‘The Diversity Imperative: Developing Successful Strategies to Achieve Diversity Leadership within the Legal Profession’

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06.21.2017

Nutter and the Association of Corporate Counsel Northeast Chapter invite corporate in-house counsel to attend a half day program on diversity, “The Diversity Imperative: Developing Successful Strategies to Achieve Diversity Leadership within the Legal Profession,” on June 21. Experienced panelists and professional diversity consultants will identify successful diversity strategies and explore—through a series of panels and hands on workshops—how those strategies can be applied to achieve diversity leadership within corporate legal departments.

The keynote speaker is Carol Fulp, president and CEO of The Partnership, Inc., New England's premier organization dedicated to enhancing the competitiveness of the region by attracting, developing, retaining and convening multicultural professionals. The workshops will be led by two dynamic diversity consultants, Marguerite Fletcher and Patricia Hennessy of Fletcher Legal Consulting.

Panelists to include:

  • David Allen, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, MassMutual
  • John Basile, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Fidelity
  • Bernadette Harrigan, Assistant Vice President and Counsel, MassMutual
  • Yalonda Howze, Member, Mintz Levin
  • Minita Shah-Mara, Director of Workforce Initiatives, Biogen
  • Robin Walker, Vice President, Head of Legal, Casebia Therapeutics
  • Tracey West, Associate Dean for External Relations, Diversity & Inclusion, Boston College Law School
  • Damian Wilmot, Vice President, Chief Litigation Counsel, Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Event Details:
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
8:00am – 2:00pm
Nutter
Louis D. Brandeis Conference Center
155 Seaport Boulevard
Boston, MA 02210

Agenda

8:00 – 8:30am Registration/Breakfast

8:30- 8:45am Welcome & Opening Remarks by Deborah Manus, Managing Partner, Nutter

8:45 – 9:45am Panel I - How Corporate America Drives the Diversity Discussion
Discussion will center on how corporations are implementing ABA Resolution 113, and will focus on initiatives that are working (and those that are not), and how organizations are avoiding diversity fatigue. Panelists include:

  • David Allen, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, MassMutual
  • Yalonda T. Howze, Member, Mintz Levin
  • Damian Wilmot, Vice President, Chief Litigation Counsel, Vertex Pharmaceuticals
  • Robin Walker, Vice President, Head of Legal, Casebia Therapeutics
  • Sarah Turano-Flores, Chair, Diversity Action Committee, Nutter (Moderator)

9:45 – 10:00am Break

10:00 – 11:00am Panel II - Using Emotional Intelligence and Unconscious Bias Training to Promote Diversity Leadership
Panelists will discuss the importance of emotional intelligence and unconscious training, how that training can be more employed more effectively within an organization, and how context and culture are often as important as content in creating a productive training program. Panelists include:

  • John Basile, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Fidelity
  • Bernadette Harrigan, Assistant Vice President and Counsel, MassMutual
  • Minita Shah-Mara, Director of Workforce Initiatives, Biogen
  • Tracey West, Assoc. Dean for External Relations, Diversity & Inclusion, Boston College
  • Sarah Turano-Flores, Chair, Diversity Action Committee, Nutter (Moderator)

11:00 – 11:15am Break

11:15 – 12:45pm
Workshop I - Key Professional Development Strategies for Diverse Attorneys
Workshop II - Successful Management Strategies for Increasing Diversity Leadership
Lead by professional diversity consultants, Marguerite Fletcher and Patricia Hennessey, of Fletcher Legal Consulting, these 90 minute workshops will be held simultaneously, with Workshop I tailored to Younger Attorneys (with themes related to professional development tools) and Workshop II tailored to Department Leaders (with themes related to how to be a better leader). These interactive workshops will engage participants through small group discussions and experiential exercises. We will discuss situations that could arise in the legal environments in which we work and strategies to help make a difference.

12:45 – 2:00pm Lunch with a Keynote Address from Carol Fulp, President and CEO of The Partnership, New England's premier organization dedicated to enhancing the competitiveness of the region by attracting, developing, retaining and convening multicultural professionals.

We hope you can join us for this important and exciting day of exploring the Diversity Imperative.

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