ALA Virtual Master Class: A Framework for DEI&A

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ALA's Virtual Master Class: A Framework for DEI&A shows how and why the deliberate process of seeking and welcoming diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEI&A) is vital to your firm and helps you develop processes and policies that correspond with your specific goals and desired culture.

Not only is championing these ideas in your firm the right thing to do, it's also the prudent thing to do, as high-performing legal organizations have become more and more proactive in their DEI&A efforts. Your competitor may have a plan that attracts the rewarding clients and quality employees you want. There is a strong, proven business case for DEI&A that shows you will have increased productivity, more innovation, higher market share, increased employee satisfaction and longer retention. This Master Class provides a framework you and your firm can build off of. 

$199 for members and $299 for nonmembers

  • Master Class 2021: Welcome and Opening Session: The Intersection of Identity and Racism: Loving US into Our Healing

    Product not yet rated Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 04/28/2021

    In this session, presenter Erin Jones will provide suggestions for dispositions and behaviors that are necessary to prepare ourselves for the difficult conversations that must be had about race and justice. She will help us understand critical terminology and the big moves we all need to make to get to racial equity.

    In this session, presenter Erin Jones will provide suggestions for dispositions and behaviors that are necessary to prepare ourselves for the difficult conversations that must be had about race and justice. She will help us understand critical terminology and the big moves we all need to make to get to racial equity. You will be inspired by stories and encouraged to share elements of your own. You will be provided with recommendations for next steps to take beyond today. 

    Objectives: 

    • Recognize at least three postures to take to engage in hard conversations. 
    • Distinguish the difference between diversity work and equity work. 
    • Illustrate why conversations about race are critical in this moment, not just in political arenas but in everyday life. 

    90 Minutes

    CLM Application Eligible: Yes 

    CLM App Management Category: Organizational Development 

    CLM App Management Category -FS: Human Resources Management 

    CLM Recertification Eligible: Yes 

    HRCI category: General 

    HRCI functional area: Employee Relations and Engagement 

    HRCI Code: 557710

    SHRM category: Global & Cultural Effectiveness; Leadership & Navigation 

    SHRM learning format: Videoconferences, webcasts, audiocasts, podcasts, eBooks, self-directed E-Learning

    SHRM: Activity 21-V9TG3

    Erin Jones

    independent education and systems consultant

    Erin Jones is an independent education and systems consultant and public speaker. Jones has been involved with schools for the past 26 years, teaching in some of the most diverse communities in the nation. She has given two TEDx Talks, "Passion for Change" and "Be a Bridge," and has won multiple educator awards. She was recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change in March 2013, and in 2016 she became the first Black woman to run for any statewide office in Washington.

  • Master Class 2021: The Business Case for Promoting Conscious Inclusion in Law Firms

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    What is conscious inclusion, why is it important and how can it be embraced? This session focuses on ways to overcome "diversity fatigue" and effect meaningful cultural change for tangible, top- and bottom-line benefits.

    What is conscious inclusion, why is it important and how can it be embraced? Several law firms are struggling to retain their competitive advantage in the marketplace as both clients and the workforce increasingly consider belonging, inclusion and diversity (BID) maturity in their selection process. This session focuses on ways to overcome "diversity fatigue" and effect meaningful cultural change for tangible, top- and bottom-line benefits. 

    Objectives: 

    • Distinguish between belonging, inclusion, equity and diversity. 
    • Explain key components of a successful BID strategy, including questions to ask, where to start, etc. 
    • Outline a firm's BID needs and what to look for in an effective BID solution or partner. 

    90 Minutes 

    CLM Application Eligible: Yes 

    CLM App Management Category: Organizational Development 

    CLM App Management Category -FS: Human Resources Management 

    CLM Recertification Eligible: Yes 

    HRCI: General Credit 

    HRCI functional area – Talent Development and Management

    HRCI Code: 557718 

    SHRM: Global & Cultural Effectiveness; HR Expertise (HR Knowledge Domain: People – Talent Acquisition & Retention)

    SHRM learning format - Videoconferences, webcasts, audiocasts, podcasts, eBooks, self-directed E-Learning

    SHRM: Activity 21-7FA4Y

    Jashn Agrawal

    human resources leader

    Jashn Agrawal is an accomplished human resources leader with a strong track record of leading and supporting global teams in the Americas, Europe and Asia for companies like IKEA, Burson-Marsteller, American Express and GE. Her expertise lies in successfully leading organizational planning and development through strategic initiatives and programs. Agrawal is a diversity, equity and inclusion champion and has led many global initiatives with measurable success. In short, she is skilled at balancing the people element with business objectives enabling sustainable growth. Agrawal holds two MBAs in HR, with the most recent being from Cornell University's International Labor Research Institute. She is currently pursuing her master's in industrial psychology from Harvard University.

    Jennifer Johnson

    Chief Executive Officer

    Calibrate Legal

    Jennifer Johnson is Chief Executive Officer of Calibrate Legal. She is the architect and driving force behind Calibrate ID, the only benchmarking program available for law firms to measure diversity in their business services teams. To date, Calibrate ID has garnered support from 10 law firms, large and small, that believe a workplace that fosters universal inclusion is not only good for business, but also the absolute right thing to do. As an experienced executive search professional and organizational modeling consultant, Johnson has worked with nearly 100 law firms to help them realize strategies that attract the talent they are seeking to enable their business to succeed. A large part of that work has been to encourage them to embrace diverse candidates. Calibrate Legal has a successful track record of placing professionals from a multitude of ethnic, cultural, geographic and professional backgrounds.

    ​Karen Stevens

    Managing Director of Talent Strategy for Internal Transitions

    Accenture

    Karen Stevens is the Managing Director of Talent Strategy for Internal Transitions at Accenture. She has a passion for building creative solutions and programs for talent strategy initiatives as well as for inspiring others to achieve great things in their own careers. Currently, Stevens collaborates with other leaders to drive Accenture's Talent Strategy and to ensure that each employee can easily align their career trajectory to their unique talents and strengths. She's designed new programs and initiatives all with the goal of empowering employees to create a career by design, not by default. During her career at Accenture, Stevens has played an integral role in supporting the growth of an early stage start-up into a leading provider of transition services and career management solutions to large- and medium-size client organizations. Her focus has been on building cutting-edge programs, practices and products that uniquely differentiated that company's career transition offering in the market.

  • Master Class 2021: Beyond Accommodation: Disability Justice and Access in Your Workplace and Community

    Product not yet rated Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 04/29/2021

    How can intersectional social justice concerns attend to disability access? How do we combat the objectification and pity of our disabled coworkers, clients and broader community? This session will center the principles of disability justice, a movement led by multiple marginalized disabled people.

    How can intersectional social justice concerns attend to disability access? How do we combat the objectification and pity of our disabled coworkers, clients and broader community? This session will center the principles of disability justice, a movement led by multiple marginalized disabled people. 

    Inspired by disability justice activist Mia Mingus's work, we will explore accessibility, which is something that enables disabled people to inhabit public and virtual spaces, as an "act of love" rather than a fear of doing or saying the "wrong thing." Instead, we will consider how the disability justice movement challenges us to move beyond merely accommodating disabled people to centering their experiences, transforming our communities into accessible spaces for change. 

    90 Minutes 

    CLM Application Eligible: Yes 

    CLM App Management Category: Organizational Development 

    CLM App Management Category -FS: Human Resources Management 

    CLM Recertification Eligible: Yes 

    HRCI: General Credit 

    HRCI functional area – Employee Relations and Engagement

    HRCI Code: 557740 

    SHRM: Global & Cultural Effectiveness; Leadership & Navigation; HR Expertise (HR Knowledge Domain: Workplace – Diversity & Inclusion) 

    SHRM Learning Format: Videoconferences, webcasts, audiocasts, podcasts, eBooks, self-directed E-Learning

    SHRM Accreditation Number: Activity 21-RTS74

    ​Jess Waggoner, PhD

    Assistant Professor

    Departments of Gender & Women's Studies and English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Jess Waggoner, PhD (they/them), is a white, queer, fat, disabled nonbinary femme with working class roots. They now serve as an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Gender & Women's Studies and English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Waggoner's research and teaching interests span feminist disability studies, queer and trans studies, health activism, and African American studies. They are deeply invested in accessible and feminist teaching practices, as well as disability-justice-informed avenues of access in the wider world. In their spare time, they enjoy making music that explores rural queer experiences and promotes healing for queer people recovering from religious abuse.

  • Master Class 2021: Closing Session: Leading While White — Betraying White Supremacy

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    White supremacy is woven throughout the super-structure of the United States and, consequently, every public and private sociopolitical system within this culture. After all, U.S. culture developed through a racialized economy that depended on the labor of enslaved Black people, stolen Indigenous land, xenophobia and foreign wars. How then, white leaders ask me, do we act to make the drastic change that is needed? Where do I begin? What do I do?

    Full title: Master Class 2021: Closing Session: Leading While White — Betraying White Supremacy: The Praxis of Anti-Racism Moment to Moment

    White supremacy is woven throughout the super-structure of the United States and, consequently, every public and private sociopolitical system within this culture. After all, U.S. culture developed through a racialized economy that depended on the labor of enslaved Black people, stolen Indigenous land, xenophobia and foreign wars. While sociopolitical shifts toward a less inequitable society have occurred over the last 250 years, we remain mired in the original sins of anti-Blackness, racialized capitalism and systemic inequity. How then, white leaders ask me, do we act to make the drastic change that is needed? Where do I begin? What do I do? What is my place in this movement? Is it my place? Do I have a place? How do I know if I am doing the right thing? Furthermore, what is the right thing? I want to do the right thing but don't know what that is. That said, I don't want to keep putting all of this extra work on my colleagues who are Black, Indigenous and people of color. Help! 

    Objectives: 

    • Illustrate and summarize the history and context of racial inequity in the American workplace. 
    • Show and explain the impact of your personal leadership practices in organizational stasis and/or change. 
    • Apply a daily reflexive practice to increase self-awareness and efficacy of your personal leadership behaviors. 

    Thank you for attending ALA’s Virtual Master Class: A Framework for DEI&A. One objective of ALA’s Strategic Direction for the next three years is to actively embrace and advance diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility in our Association and the legal industry. This event is part of those efforts. The speakers shared their varying perspectives and personal stories to expose our audience to different ideas of the world around us. The goal is to enhance the growth and understanding of legal management professionals. For this conference and any future conference, we ask that people come with an open mind, abide by ALA’s Meeting Code of Conduct and work to embrace the new ideas and discussions happening in each event.

    90 Minutes 

    CLM Application Eligible: Yes

    CLM App Management Category: Organizational Development

    CLM App Management Category -FS: Human Resources Management 

    CLM Recertification Eligible: Yes 

    HRCI: General Credit 

    HRCI functional area – Employee Relations and Engagement

    HRCI Code: 557742 

    SHRM: Global & Cultural Effectiveness; Leadership & Navigation; HR Expertise (HR Knowledge Domain: Workplace – Diversity & Inclusion)

    SHRM Learning Format: Videoconferences, webcasts, audiocasts, podcasts, eBooks, self-directed E-Learning

    SHRM: 21-7PUN7

    Kelvin O. Howell Jr.

    Deputy Executive Director and Chief of Staff

    TransNewYork

    Kelvin O. Howell Jr. (they/them) is an advocate and ambassador for equality, championing the rights of people of color, homeless youth and gender-nonconforming, nonbinary and transgender individuals. They continuously use their embodied survival strategies, life experiences, education and skills to build our human and social justice movement and the many fights within. Howell is the Deputy Executive Director and Chief of Staff of TransNewYork, making them the first gender-nonconforming African American to serve in this newly created role. Since Howell's appointment, they have developed and implemented the Sisters Helping Sisters Initiative (SHSI), which is a COVID-19-related program supporting transgender, gender-nonconforming and nonbinary sisters in Queens and the surrounding area. Howell holds several degrees and certifications, including a bachelor's in professional studies and an associate's in human services from the Audrey Cohen School for Human Services and Education at the Metropolitan College of New York. They are currently working on master's degrees in social work and public administration with a focus on nonprofit leadership and management.

    ​Jen Self, PhD (Moderator)

    Founder

    UW Q Center

    Jen Self, PhD (they/them), is an antiracist white, queer, genderqueer graduate of the University of Washington School of Social Work. Self is the Founder of the UW Q Center and the Chief Executive Officer/Founder of Brick 13, a critical equity educational consulting and coaching company. They have been a licensed counselor and/or clinical social worker since 2003, working from a justice-oriented perspective and focusing on identity development, self-efficacy, healing trauma and collective liberation. Self is a former elite athlete who credits their childhood experiences as a gender outlaw and time playing Pac-12 basketball on a multiracial team as the impetus for their life's dedication to intersectional racial and gender justice. Self is a visionary, an outcast, an innovator, a community builder, a chameleon, a connector of ideas and people, a musical theater nerd, a continual learner, a cohost of the podcast All the Things-PNW, a creator, a parent, a pro-femme space, a partner, a survivor of many things, always a radical truth-teller, and even on a good day, continually shaking off the teachings of white supremacy.