2023 DRI Diversity for Success Seminar

June 14–16, 2023 | Charlotte, North Carolina

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Join Us in Charlotte for Insights Into Improving Inclusion in the Legal Profession!

The DRI Diversity and Inclusion Committee invites you to the 18th annual Diversity for Success Seminar and Corporate Expo in Charlotte, North Carolina. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to gain insights from and network with in-house counsel and potential referral sources. This seminar is designed to address diversity-related issues in the legal profession and provide resources and tools to incorporate in your career and organization to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion.

View registration information here, and make sure to register by May 15 for the best pricing!

Corporate Expo is Back!
This will take place on Friday, June 16, at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel/Le Méridien Hotel Complex. You must be registered for the seminar and be a DRI member.

More information about the expo can be found here.

What You Will Learn:

  • Removing the curtain on the often-confidential ways to succeed to equity partner and the C-suite.
  • Best practices to address unique considerations that impact the mental health of diverse lawyers.
  • The importance of utilizing diversity as a valuable tool for success in the legal profession.
  • Lessons learned to improve diversity-related programs in the legal profession.
  • The impact of important legal decisions that may change the trajectory of diversity in the legal profession.

Expand Your Network By:

  • Connecting with an unparalleled number of in-house counsel, potential clients, and referral sources.
  • Taking advantage of the unique opportunity to pitch yourself and your law firm to in-house counsel at the 2023 Corporate Expo.

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Thank You to DRI's Diversity and Inclusion Committee Leadership

Atoyia S. Harris
Atoyia S. Harris
Program Chair
Mohamed N. Bakry
Mohamed N. Bakry
Program Vice Chair
Stacy L. Douglas
Stacy L. Douglas
Committee Chair
Gary L. Howard
Gary L. Howard
Committee Vice Chair
Jaime W. Luse
Jaime W. Luse
Law Institute

Join the Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Registration Information

Save $300 when you register on or before May 15!

Register Now

Member Pricing Non-Member Pricing
Early Bird Registration* $795 $1,095
Regular Registration* $1,095 $1,395
Group Registration (Non-Sponsored)** $695/person $695/person
Government Government members will receive the applicable government rate for the seminar upon login. If the government rate does not appear after logging in, please call DRI directly at (312) 795-1101 to receive the discounted rate. Invoices can be sent after purchase upon request.

*If your membership recently lapsed, please renew your membership prior to registering to ensure you receive your discounted member rate. If you would like to join DRI to receive the member pricing and see the benefits of becoming a member, click here to go to the Application page.

**Group registration is for registering 4 or more attendees, members and non-members. There is one free registration with every 10 registrations. You must lock in the rate three weeks prior to the seminar. If you want to register for the group pricing, please send an email to rstiner@dri.org (online registration is not available for this offering).

Networking Events

Women of Color Roundtable | Foundation for the Carolinas (Optional Programming)

Date: Tuesday, June 13 from 1:00–6:00 p.m.
Pricing: Free - check attending on registration
Location: Kearney Solarium at the Foundation for the Carolinas, 220 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202 (one mile from the seminar hotel)

Despite diversity and inclusion being a daily topic within the legal profession, the needle is barely moving, in particular, for women of color within the profession. The DRI Women of Color Roundtable will be a candid discussion on challenges facing women of color within the legal profession and will provide insight on how women of color attorneys can overcome those challenges.

Premier Networking Reception | Charlotte Beer Garden
Sponsored by Clark Hill PLC, Cox PLLC

Date: Wednesday, June 14 from 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Pricing: Free when you register for the seminar (Guest tickets $100 each, available at check-out. A limited number of guest tickets may be available on site for $125 each.)
Location: Charlotte Beer Garden, 1300 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28203

Join the Trucking Litigation Essentials, Diversity for Success, Insurance Bad Faith, and Young Lawyers committees for a networking event at USA Today’s Best Beer Garden of 2022! You’re guaranteed to find something to your taste from the almost 400 draft options (one of the world’s largest selection of draft beers available in one restaurant), wine, spirits, seltzers, and light appetizers. Join us for a fun evening on the spacious and partly covered rooftop, mixing a cozy greenhouse feel with some cool city views.

Agenda with Speakers

*Schedule and Speakers subject to change

Tuesday, June 13, 2023 (Optional)

Time (Eastern) Program Location
1:00 p.m. Registration

Women of Color Roundtable | Foundation for the Carolinas

Click here for more details.

1:30 p.m. Introductions and Icebreaker

2:00 p.m. Introduction of Attendees

2:30 p.m. Defeating Imposter Syndrome
3:30 p.m. Break

4:00 p.m. How to Effectively Handle Microaggressions – Interactive Group

4:45 p.m. Break

5:00 p.m. Being Your Authentic Self – Leveraging Your Personality for Business Development

6:00 p.m. Happy Hour (on your own)

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Time (Eastern) Program Location
1:00 p.m. Registration
3:00 p.m. Law Student Forum

Tracie N. Ransom, Tulane University Law School, New Orleans, LA
Valerie Fontenot, Frilot, New Orleans, LA
Janelle E. Fulton, Divine Timoney, West Blue Bell, PA
Carlos A. Benach, Irwin Fritchie, New Orleans, LA

4:30 p.m. Jump Start Your Seminar Networking Experience (Meet and Greet)

Whether you are a new member, non-member, seasoned attendee, or in-house counsel, join committee leaders and your fellow attendees to learn how to make the most of your networking opportunities this week.

6:00 p.m. Premier Networking Reception | Charlotte Beer Garden
Sponsored by Clark Hill PLC, Cox PLLC

Click here for details.
7:30 p.m. Dine-Arounds

Join colleagues and friends at selected restaurants for dinner (on your own).

Thursday, June 15, 2023

Time (Eastern) Program Location
8:00 a.m. Registration and Coffee

Coffee & Conversations

The early bird gets the most out of this networking session. Get to know the early risers in the group over a cup of coffee. Rise, shine, caffeinate and connect!
8:30 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

Jaime W. Luse, Tydings & Rosenberg LLP, Baltimore, MD
Atoyia S. Harris, Proskauer Rose LLP, New Orleans, LA

8:45 a.m. Know Your Worth: Promotion, Rate, and Salary

Diverse professionals remain at the lowest percentage of equity partners and executives in the C-suite. This session will provide insight on the various promotion structures and suggestions on ways to advance in your career.

Mohamed N. Bakry, Marshall Dennehey, Philadelphia, PA

Nicole M. Brunson, Arrival, Charlotte, NC
Geneau M. Thames, Harford Mutual Insurance Group, Bel Air, MD
Michael L. Turner, Marshall Dennehey, Philadelphia, PA
Cherise Latortue, Flynn Restaurant Group, San Francisco, CA
10:15 a.m. Coffee Break

10:30 a.m. Mental Health Wellness Best Practices for Law Firms and Corporations Seeking to Retain Diverse Attorneys

It is evident that mental health is an ongoing and important concern in the legal profession. Diverse professionals often have unique considerations that impact their mental health. Law firms and corporations receive best practices on ways to support their diverse professionals with mental health concerns.

Darleene D. Peters, Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore, LLC, New Orleans, LA

Shelley Willingham, The Diversity Movement, Raleigh, NC

11:30 a.m. Leveraging Diversity

Diverse professionals are often tasked with diversity-related initiatives. This session will provide best practices on how to utilize involvement in diversity-related efforts for client development, promotion, and other meaningful opportunities.

Kennard B. Davis, Baker Donelson, New Orleans, LA

Taren N. Butcher, Allegis Group, Hanover, MD
Pamela W. Carter, Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A., New Orleans, LA
Toyja E. Kelley, Locke Lord, Baltimore, MD
Raymond M. Williams, DLA Piper, Philadelphia, PA

12:30 p.m. Diversity Luncheon and Awards Presentation of the Sheryl J. Willert Award

1:45 p.m. Fireside Chat: Impact of Recent SCOTUS Decisions on Diversity in the Legal Profession

In recent years, the Supreme Court of the United States has opined on many critical issues that impact the trajectory of diversity in the legal profession. This fireside chat will discuss these potential issues that have an impact on the legal profession.

Brian K. Brookey, Tucker Ellis LLP, Washington, DC
Camille R. Bryant, McGlinchey Stafford, New Orleans, LA

2:45 p.m. Lessons Learned from Diversity-Related Programs in the Legal Profession

Despite the countless diversity-related initiatives and programs, diversity remains bleak in the legal profession. To directly address this concern, this session will highlight key takeaways from diversity-related programs that law firms and corporations can implement.

Ebony S. Morris, Phelps Dunbar, New Orleans, LA

Tracie N. Ransom, Tulane University Law School, New Orleans, LA
Marty Dunn, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, Cincinnati, OH
Mark Bunbury, Jr., Proskauer Rose LLP, New York, NY

4:30 p.m. Diversity and Inclusion committee meeting (open to all)

6:00 p.m. Networking/Cocktail Hour

Friday, June 16, 2023

Time (Eastern) Program Location
8:00 a.m. Registration and Coffee
8:30 a.m. Diversity for Success Corporate Expo

Click here for more details.

12:30 p.m. Expo Adjourns

Headquarters Hotel Information

A limited number of discounted hotel rooms have been made available at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel/Le Méridien Hotel Complex, 555 South McDowell Street, Charlotte, NC 28204. Take advantage of the group rate of $179.00 Single/Double in one of two ways:

The hotel block is limited, and rooms and rates are available on a first-come, first-served basis. You must make reservations by May 16, 2023, to be eligible for the hotel’s group rate. Requests for reservations made after May 16 are subject to room and rate availability.

CLE Information

Earn up to 6.00 hours of continuing legal education hours (CLE) from this seminar.

Diversity for Success CLE by State


DRI's Diversity for Success Seminar is proudly sponsored by:

Dinsmore Legal Counsel MD Marshall Dennehey Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney

Thank you to our Official Supporter: TBD

If you would like to contact DRI about seminar sponsorship opportunities, including pricing, or to reserve a spot, please go to Advertising and Sponsorship.

DRI Cares

HandsOn New Orleans (Joint Effort with Intellectual Property Litigation Seminar)

Boys & Girls Club

HandsOn New Orleans creates and manages projects relating to school revitalization, youth recreation, neighborhood beautification, urban gardening and environmental restoration, blight reduction, and disaster management as well as connect volunteers with volunteer opportunities.  Come help build kits and network with attendees. Donations are needed in advance to purchase items for the kits.

Donate Online (Need Link)


NEW in 2023 – 4 Additional On-Demand Programs Included With Every Seminar!

CLE Credit will be sought from every state requiring CLE hours in elimination of bias/diversity and inclusion, ethics, substance abuse/mental health and law practice management. The CLE grid will provide updated information concerning hours that have been approved by each jurisdiction and for which credits. For states not requiring these special credits, general education credits will be sought.

View On-Demand Library

Diversity/Elimination of Bias in the Profession

Invisible or Mixed-Visible Diversity – Combatting Bias

Often diversity programs and initiatives are focused on visible traits such as gender or race, but bias exists related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and some disabilities that are not readily visible to the eye. This panel will discuss how to address these biases and to create an environment where those with invisible or mixed-visible diversity can operate at the highest level.

Stacy Douglas, Everett Dorey LLP, Irvine, CA
Gary Howard, Bradley, Birmingham, AL
Ronna Kinsella, Glassman Wyatt Tuttle & Cox PC, Memphis, TN

Law Practice Management Credit

Succession Planning: Failing to Plan is a Plan to Fail

Succession planning is considered one of the most pressing issues facing not only law firms but also clients. Senior partners are working into their golden years and can sometimes be reluctant to engage in a succession plan, but clients want to know that there is a plan for the transition of their work without interruption. Join us to learn:

  1. the importance of succession planning for the benefit both the law firm and its clients;
  2. how succession planning impacts retention and continuity of the firm and client relationships;
  3. how to approach the subject with senior attorneys; and
  4. strategies for implementing a successful succession plan.

Marie E. Chafe, Conn Kavanaugh, Boston, MA
Matthew Cairns, Textron Inc., Providence, RI
Elizabeth M. Brotten, Foley & Mansfield PLLP, Minneapolis, MN
Meade Hartfield, Bradley Arant, Birmingham, AL


Technology, Ethics & Remote Work: What You Need to Know Now

The Rules of Professional Conduct regarding competence and diligence require all lawyers to keep abreast of changes in technology. This webinar will provide you with tips and information on new issues related to technology and the practice of law, including the challenges of the remote work environment. You will learn the ethics and professionalism considerations when using technology in your practice and your ethical duties when it comes to “keeping abreast of changes” in technology.

Amber Garcia, Deutsch Kerrigan LLP, New Orleans, LA
Alyssa Johnson, Barron & Newberger PC, Milwaukee, WI
Clare Roubion, Louisiana Legal Ethics, LLC, Lafayette, LA

Mental Health & Attorney Wellness

Lessons for Lawyers from the Science of Well Being

This presentation will focus on the practical steps that we can take as individuals to improve well-being, drawing on recent research from cognitive science and beginning with the preface that happiness can be learned and applied. Specifically, we will provide an evidence-based arsenal of practical tools that lawyers can apply in their own lives to improve their well-being.

Emma Ross, Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum, Chicago, IL
Shayna Cook, Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum, Chicago, IL

Other Information

If you have any questions or concerns regarding DRI programs, please contact DRI Customer Service at 312.795.1101 or custservice@dri.org.