2024 DRI Diversity for Success Seminar

June 12–14, 2024
Renaissance Nashville Hotel | Nashville, Tennessee

Diverse people collaborating in a meeting room

Learn to Leverage Diversity & Achieve Excellence!

The DRI Diversity and Inclusion Committee invites you to the 19th annual Diversity for Success Seminar and Corporate Expo in Nashville, Tennessee. With the theme, "Fighting the Current of the Anti-Diversity Tide," this seminar is designed to address the recent legal decisions and lawsuits meant to stunt recent efforts to increase diversity in our educational and occupational settings. In addition to gaining insights from and networking with in-house counsel and potential referral sources, attendees will also find resources and tools to incorporate in their career and organization that will improve diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Also, the Women of Color Roundtable is back by popular demand!
Join us on Wednesday, June 12 from 1:00–4:00 p.m. at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel as we present three engaging and energizing panels that will address relevant and timely topics, including networking, career advancement, and salary negotiation strategies. The Roundtable is open to EVERYONE!

You can also register for an additional networking luncheon opportunity from 12:00–1:00 p.m., right before the Roundtable! Please come ready to feast on some traditional Southern cuisine. The cost for the luncheon is $75, so make sure you add this to your shopping cart when you register.

Join us for the Corporate Expo!
This will take place on Friday, June 14 at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel.
You must be registered for the seminar and be a DRI member to participate.

Learn more about the Expo

What You Will Learn:

  • How universities are responding to the recent Supreme Court decision in order to continue promoting diversity and inclusion (D&I).
  • How employers are responding to D&I lawsuits regarding D&I initiatives.
  • Implicit bias in artificial intelligence.
  • The impact of discriminatory legislation targeting the LGBTQ+ community in Tennessee.

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 2024 Corporate Expo.

Panel Counsel Meetings with Major Companies
Take advantage of the opportunity to engage with key industry companies* including:

  • TBD

*Subject to change

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Thank You to DRI's Diversity and Inclusion Committee Leadership

Mohamed N. Bakry
Mohamed N. Bakry
Program Chair
Ebony Morris
Ebony S. Morris
Program Vice Chair
Imoh E. Akpan
Imoh E. Akpan
Committee Chair
Atoyia S. Harris
Atoyia S. Harris
Committee Vice Chair
Sharon Stuart
Sharon D. Stuart
Law Institute

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Registration Information

Member Pricing Non-Member Pricing Non-Member Bundle ^
Onsite Registration $1,395 $1,595 $1,515
Group Registration (Non-Sponsored)** $795 per person $795 per person $795 per 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.

Not a DRI Member? Select the Non-Member Bundle and Save!

^ Not a DRI Member and want to save on your registration? Take advantage of the Non-Member / Trial Membership Bundle when you register for the DRI Diversity for Success Seminar. Select the bundle and get up to 9 months of membership with the membership add-on when you check out. Note: Trial membership processing can take up to 30 days from the date of purchase, please contact DRI Customer Service with any questions.

Learn more about membership at DRI and get started on your DRI journey today!

*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 four 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, fill out the form here (online registration is not available for this offering).

Networking Events

Premier Networking Reception
Sponsored by: Foley Mansfield

Date: Thursday, June 13 from 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Pricing: Free when you register for the seminar
Location: Midtown Ballroom/Foyer (MS Level 2), Renaissance Nashville Hotel

Join the Insurance Bad Faith & Extra-Contractual Liability Seminar and Diversity for Success Seminar for a relaxing evening at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel located on the Midtown Ballroom/Foyer (MS Level 2). Connect with your contemporaries, exchange stories over cocktails, and savor carefully crafted small bites. This exclusive gathering is more than a networking event—it's a launching pad for the next phase of your inspiring legal journey. Don't miss this chance to be among peers who will shape the future of the legal landscape. Join us, where your potential is limitless.

In addition, we are pleased to welcome the Asian American Insurance Network (AAIN), and the National African American Insurance Association (NAAIA) at the reception. AAIN is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development and growth of Asian-Pacific Islander professionals in the insurance industry through mentorship, networking, education, and social awareness. NAAIA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering African American insurance professionals currently in the industry as well as celebrating their accomplishments. Please join this networking reception to learn more about AAIN and NAAIA.

Agenda with Speakers

*Schedule and Speakers subject to change

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Women of Color Roundtable (Wednesday 1:00–4:00 p.m.)

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.

Welcome and Introduction

Stacy L. Douglas (Partner and Director of Diversity & Inclusion), Everett Dorey LLP, Los Angeles, CA
Can I Get Close to You? Networking Panel

Christina A. Gonzales (Shareholder), Marshall Dennehey, Philadelphia, PA

R. Matt Cairns (Associate General Counsel), Textron, Providence, RI
Geneau M. Thames (General Counsel – VP, General Counsel and Secretary), Harford Mutual Insurance Group, Bel Air, MD
The Path to Promotion

Darleene Peters (Partner), Irwin Fritchie Urquhart Moore & Daniels, LLC, New Orleans, LA

Charissa N. Walker (Partner), Tucker Ellis LLP, Cleveland, OH
Sandra Diggs-Miller (Vice President, External Affairs), Entergy, New Orleans, LA
Deborah St. Lawrence Thompson (Partner), Nelson Mullins, Baltimore, MD
Amy Stewart (Owner), Stewart Law Group, Dallas, TX
Show Me the Money

Tyrra V. Walker (Associate), Chartwell Law, Atlanta, GA

Reginald Johnson (Chief Diversity Officer & SVP NA Field Human Resources), Signet Jewelers, Dallas, TX
Ron Jordan (Founder), Carter-Whie & Shaw, Chestertown, MD
Douglas K. Burrell (Partner), Chartwell Law, Norcross, GA

Headquarters Hotel Information

The seminar will take place at Renaissance Nashville Hotel, 611 Commerce Street, Nashville, TN 37203.
To contact the hotel directly, call 615-255-8400.

The DRI room block at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel is now sold out. Please use the link below to reserve a room at a nearby available hotel.

Alternative Hotels

If you are planning on attending the conference and have not secured a hotel reservation, search for hotel availability via our trusted partner aRes Travel**. Book online or call 800.559.3186 for assistance; for International callers 619.546.5773.

**aRes Travel is a third-party travel planner. Rates, deposits, and cancellation policies may vary and are the responsibility of the guest. Questions on hotel policies or payments made on aRes website should be directed to the aRes Reservation Center or to the hotel directly.

CLE Information

Earn up to 7.50 hours of continuing legal education hours (CLE) from this seminar.

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In some states that charge late CLE submission fees, there will be a $100 late fee to report CLE credits submitted more than 30 days after a seminar/virtual event. Click the button below for more details.

CLE Late Fees


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

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

Tennessee Justice For Our Neighbors (TJFON)

TNJFON Tennessee Justice for our Neighbors

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.

To donate online:

  1. Click the "Donate" button or scan the QR code below.
  2. If you have an account with DRI, log in. Use the same login that you registered for this seminar.
  3. If you do not have an account with DRI, create a guest account.
  4. Select from one of the gift amounts or set your own amount. The default value is $100.
  5. Select "Diversity and Inclusion" from "My SLC/Region" dropdown box.
  6. Click “Submit Donation.”
  7. The page will refresh. Click “View Cart” to checkout.
  8. Enter your credit card information and click “Submit Order” once all required information is entered.

Blessings in a Backpack

Blessings in a Backpack Who Will Feed the Kids this Weekend?

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.

Donate to Blessings in a Backpack

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.