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Premier Networking Event at the XXXXX
Sponsored by: ABC
Date: Wednesday, Month Day from 7:00–10:00 p.m.
Pricing: Free when you register for the seminar (guest tickets $100 each, available at check-out)
Location: XXXXX, Address, City, State
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Wednesday, June 12, 2024
|Women of Color Luncheon
|Women of Color Roundtable
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.
|Networking / Cocktail Hour
Join colleagues and friends at selected restaurants for dinner (on your own).
Thursday, June 13, 2024
|Registration & Coffee Service
Get to know the early risers in our group over a cup of coffee.
|Welcome and Introductions
Sharon D. Stuart, Esq., Attorneys Insurance Mutual of the South, Hoover, AL
Mohamed N. Bakry, Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin PC, Philadelphia, PA
|Challenging Discrimination: A Deep Dive into Tennessee's Anti-LGBTQ+ Laws
This presentation explores the legal landscape surrounding LGBTQ+ rights in Tennessee, shedding light on the state's legislation that has been a focal point of controversy. This comprehensive examination delves into the historical context and evolution of anti-LGBTQ+ laws, examining their impact on the community. The narrative navigates through key legal battles, shedding light on both proponents and opponents of these laws. With a critical lens, the exploration considers the broader societal implications and debates arising from the legal framework, emphasizing the ongoing efforts to challenge discriminatory policies and promote inclusivity. Through in-depth analysis, this piece aims to foster a deeper understanding of the complex intersection between law, discrimination, and LGBTQ+ rights in the state of Tennessee.
Gary Howard, Esq., Walmart, Bentonville, AR
The Honorable Judge Rachel L. Bell, General Sessions Music City Community Court, Division VIII, Nashville, TN
The program on disingenuous diversity and inclusion addresses the phenomenon where organizations superficially embrace diversity initiatives without fostering genuine inclusivity. It explores instances where companies may prioritize optics over meaningful change, implementing token diversity measures without addressing systemic issues. The program delves into the potential negative consequences of such disingenuous efforts, including the perpetuation of stereotypes and the alienation of underrepresented groups. It advocates for a shift towards authentic inclusivity, emphasizing the need for structural changes that go beyond mere symbolic gestures. The program aims to raise awareness about the importance of sincerity in fostering diversity and inclusion within organizational cultures.
Christina Gonzales, Esq., Goldberg Segalla, Philadelphia, PA
Al Ibuzor, Esq., VP & Associate Group General Counsel, Travelers, Melville, NY
Clint Woodfin, Esq., Spicer Rudstrom, Knoxville, TN
Rhasheda S. Douglas, Assistant Dean, Director of the Minority Student Program at Rutgers Law School, Camden, NJ
Charlie D. Price, Esq., Eaton, Cleveland, OH
|AI and Implicit Bias
We delve into the intersection of artificial intelligence (AI) and the subtle biases that can be embedded within its algorithms. We explore how machine learning models, often trained on historical data, may inadvertently perpetuate, and even amplify societal biases. The discussion emphasizes the importance of understanding these implicit biases to ensure responsible AI development and deployment. Additionally, we explore potential strategies and ethical considerations to mitigate bias and promote fair and unbiased AI systems.
Sean C. Griffin, Robinson & Cole LLP, Washington, D.C.
|DRI Cares: Blessings in a Backpack
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|Diversity Awards Luncheon (tickets included in seminar registration)
|Shifting Sands: The Impact of the Supreme Court Decision on the Recruitment and Admission of Students in Higher Education
For over 40 years federal law has permitted higher education institutions to consider race in a limited capacity in admissions processes. In summer 2023, the Supreme Court rendered a decision in Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard and Students for Fair Admissions v. UNC, that further restricted this practice. Hear from two higher education admission leaders about the way they are adjusting recruitment and admissions practices to comply with the ruling, the potential long-term impact that this will have on college and law school enrollment, and ways they are working to enhance recruitment strategies and cross-sector partnerships to continue to attract diverse populations of students.
Matthew Saleh, Rutgers Law School, Philadelphia, PA
MJ Knoll-Finn, Global Enrollment Management and Student Success, New York University, New York, NY
The coaching model provide examples of how it works and do a demonstration to help you learn about another tool in your toolbox of success. Communication and conflict management; setting your boundaries for respect and professional integrity; Not knowing how to say ‘no’ to non-mandatory requests/opportunities from superiors that are not in line with your career trajectory or your values; Not knowing how to say ‘yes’; risk of unexpected consequences such as much more work than advertised; and Lack of feeling of belonging and/or Imposter Syndrome.
Susan Eagle, M.D., Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
R. Matthew Cairns, Textron, Inc., Providence, RI
|Defending Diversity: Legal Frontiers in Addressing Lawsuits Against Law Firms' DE&I Initiatives
We will explore the legal challenges faced by law firms in implementing and defending Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) initiatives. The discussion will delve into the evolving legal landscape surrounding these initiatives, examining recent lawsuits and their implications. Attendees will gain insights into the intersection of employment law and DE&I efforts, as well as strategies for mitigating legal risks. Ultimately, the presentation aims to empower law firms to proactively navigate legal frontiers while championing diversity within their organizations.
Ebony S. Morris, Esq., Foley Mansfield, New Orleans, LA
Atoyia Harris, Esq., Proskauer, New Orleans, LA
Reginald Johnson, Signet Jewelers, Dallas, TX
Shannon O’Connor, Textron, Boston, MA
|Diversity and Inclusion Committee Meeting (open to all)
|Premier Networking Reception
Join fellow seminar attendees at our Premier Networking Reception. More details to come.
Friday, June 14, 2024
Headquarters Hotel Information
A limited number of discounted hotel rooms have been made available at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel, 611 Commerce Street, Nashville, TN 37203. Take advantage of the group rate of $325.00 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 14, 2024, to be eligible for the hotel's group rate. Requests for reservations made after May 14 are subject to room and rate availability.
Earn up to TBD hours of continuing legal education hours (CLE) From this seminar.
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Tennessee Justice For Our Neighbors (TJFON)
The DRI Diversity for Success Seminar in coordination with DRI Cares will be fundraising this year for the Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors ("TJFON"). TJFON provides free or low-cost immigration legal services to low-income immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers, without regard to race, religion, ethnicity, ideology, gender identity, or sexual orientation. This fundraiser will help support TJFON in their mission to provide free or low-cost, compassionate immigration services including legal, education and advocacy services across Tennessee. Donations will be collected through the DRI Foundation, and a donation will be made to TJON on behalf of the DRI Foundation.
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Blessings in a Backpack
Please join us in supporting Blessings in a Backpack, an organization that mobilizes communities, individuals, and resources to provide food on the weekends for school-aged children across America who might otherwise go hungry. Seminar attendees will have the opportunity to fill bags of food on the way to the joint networking lunch on Thursday, June 13. Feeding a child before you feed yourself is a wonderful way to support children and families in the Nashville community.
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