How to Start Diversity and Inclusion Efforts—and Keep Them Going

The following anecdote is drawn from multiple accounts and has been fictionalized to preserve privacy and confidentiality.

A law firm specialized in intellectual property (IP). Its clients ranged from multibillion-dollar international corporations to small start-ups. It helped its clients with patents, copyrights, trademarks, nondisclosure agreements, and other ways of protecting inventor and corporate IP. It also litigated IP disputes.

With one exception, the firm had grown and thrived. While women held most of the administrative positions, a majority of the professional entry-level associate positions were men. The gender imbalance grew at the next level of advancement, “senior associate.” The imbalance became even more pronounced at the…

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Credit to Jathan Janove, J.D. for the original post.

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