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Dimensions of Diversity

Dimensions of Diversity

By Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

Dimensions of Diversity is a podcast from the law firm of Buchanan Ingersoll and Rooney highlighting diversity in the workplace. Hosted by Lloyd Freeman, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, the podcast will include frank conversations with leaders all across the world of workplace diversity.
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Is the Bar Exam Fair? How the Bar Exam Impacts Diversity in the Profession
Is the Bar Exam Fair? How the Bar Exam Impacts Diversity in the Profession
On this episode of the Dimensions of Diversity, host Lloyd Freeman sits down with Yolanda Ingram, Director of Access to Law School Education Programs at the University of Pennsylvania. The conversation begins with a discussion on why white law school graduates were significantly more likely to pass the bar exam than test takers from other racial and ethnic groups. A recent study revealed the racial gap in bar exam pass rates got worse in 2021. Between Black and White law grads, the first-time passage rate gap swelled to 24 percentage points last year. Ingram discusses the main reasons behind this startling statistic and what can be done to close the gap. The episode concludes by discussing not only the future of bar exams but the future of the profession entirely. Dimensions of Diversity is a podcast created by Buchanan Ingersoll and Rooney, highlighting diversity in the workplace. Hosted by Lloyd Freeman, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, the podcast features frank conversations with leaders all across the world of workplace diversity.
40:44
December 07, 2022
Driven from the Top: How Genentech is Advancing D&I in Life Sciences
Driven from the Top: How Genentech is Advancing D&I in Life Sciences
On this episode of Dimensions of Diversity, host Lloyd Freeman speaks with Jayson Johnson, Head of D&I Business Partnering and Learning & Development. The COVID-19 pandemic shined a light on the life sciences industry and we learned that advancing D&I in life sciences could advance life saving solutions.  Lloyd and Jayson explore Genentech's commitment to advancing D&I. As a biotechnology leader, Jayson Johnson drives strategies  and bold actions that embed diversity, equity and inclusion throughout  Genentech. At Genentech, D&I means fostering belonging  within our own walls, advancing inclusive research and health equity in  our industry, and transforming society through partnerships across  healthcare, education, and within all communities. Dimensions of Diversity is a podcast created by Buchanan Ingersoll and Rooney, highlighting diversity in the workplace. Hosted by Lloyd Freeman, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, the podcast features frank conversations with leaders all across the world of workplace diversity.
22:52
December 01, 2022
Neurodiversity: Being Autistic and Encountering the Workplace
Neurodiversity: Being Autistic and Encountering the Workplace
In this episode of Dimensions of Diversity, host Lloyd Freeman is joined by Courtney A. Munnings. Munnings is autistic with sociability, learning, attention, and mood differences and is committed to neurodiversity and advocating for the rights, participation, and inclusion of people with disabilities. She has created a name for herself as a speaker certified in Disability Inclusion and Advocacy and as a certified life coach. The pair discuss living and working with autism and understanding neurodiversity. Munnings explains the challenges she faced growing up and how she has continued to push through them. She then discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted her social interactions. The episode ends by talking about how workplaces can be enhance inclusivity practices from a neurodiversity standpoint.
22:05
September 21, 2022
The Black Diaspora: Multidimensional Within Itself
The Black Diaspora: Multidimensional Within Itself
Host Lloyd Freeman is joined by Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney colleagues Nyasha Pendleton and Kearil Abraham, as well as author and life coach Lola B. Morgan and award-winning author and storyteller Dr. Elizabeth Nuñez, in a roundtable exploring the dimensions of diversity within the Black diaspora. The group begins the conversation by diving into how specifically they identify as Black people in America. Continuing the conversation on identity, the guests discuss their ancestry and the identities of other Black people in their lives. Then they explore the political and social implications of what they identify as, the struggle of those implications, and the discourse surrounding this. In America, if you identify as Black, you must also identify as African American on official documents. This episode explores the conundrum this situation sets up for Black immigrants and topics surrounding this issue, ending with advice for Black Caribbeans in America that are challenged when it comes to solidifying their identity.
36:36
August 24, 2022
Navigating Law School as a Minority
Navigating Law School as a Minority
In this episode of Dimensions of Diversity, host Lloyd Freeman is joined by Rasheda Douglas of Rutgers Minority Student Program and Danielle Boardley of Kline Law’s Diversity, Inclusion, and Student Life. The three professionals discuss the nuances of navigating law school acceptances and the first few months as a law student, especially as a minority. Rasheda Douglas begins the discussion by introducing the Rutgers Minority Student Program, which came as a result of the 1967 race rebellions in Newark, NJ. It was then followed by Boardley’s introduction of the Drexel Law inclusion programs. Both programs and the importance of initiatives like these to promote diversity in the legal profession are discussed, especially as it impacts the East Coast. The episode ends by addressing the challenges faced by inclusion programs and how they can be overcome to help students in need.
32:26
August 17, 2022
Oppression in the Workplace
Oppression in the Workplace
In this episode of Dimensions of Diversity, host Lloyd Freeman is joined by Dr. Ashley Stewart, MSW Program Director and Professor at Temple University in the School of Social Work. The two discuss how dominant social norms can oppress people’s identities in the workplace. They share the consequences that arise when organizations ignore these problems, both for people and business efficiency. The episode concludes with tips on the ongoing journey of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
18:50
August 11, 2022
HBCUs and Blending Intersectionality with College Navigation
HBCUs and Blending Intersectionality with College Navigation
As we gear up for a new fall semester for college students, host Lloyd Freeman is joined by Dr. Steve Mobley to discuss the importance of intersectionality and race when choosing an HBCU school. Dr. Mobley is well-versed in the world of communication, higher education, and culture through his many degrees, and is a graduate of both Howard University and the University of Pennsylvania. On the episode, Dr. Mobley goes on to discuss his research on intersectionality in college environments, specifically as it relates to people of color (POC), mainly Black students. Lloyd and Dr. Mobley discuss what POC face when having to navigate through college while still trying to understand and affirm who they are when it comes to race, sexuality, and identity. They also discuss the shift in HBCU choices after the 2016 election and end the episode by discussing more of Dr. Mobley’s research and experiences with intersectional identities.
32:45
July 26, 2022
Courageous Conversations: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Pt 2
Courageous Conversations: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Pt 2
On this episode of Dimensions of Diversity, host Lloyd Freeman invites his Buchanan Ingersoll and Rooney colleagues Will Le, Advisor, Government Relations, and Joe Centeno, Shareholder, to discuss their heritage. With Will being born in Vietnam and Joe’s family coming from the Philippines, they offer different perspectives and challenges their families faced migrating to America. Will and Joe share their parents’ origin stories and how they continue to carry on their cultures to this day. They discuss issues of representation in the workplace and tips to network within their community. Finally, they offer advice to younger people who might find themselves in similar positions as minorities. To learn more about Lloyd Freeman, click here: https://www.bipc.com/lloyd-freeman. To learn more about Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, visit, www.BIPC.com. To learn more about Will Le - https://www.bipc.com/will-le To learn more about Joe Centeno - https://www.bipc.com/joseph-j.-centeno
27:20
June 21, 2022
Historically Black College and Universities: Experience Beyond Four Years
Historically Black College and Universities: Experience Beyond Four Years
On this episode of Dimensions of Diversity, host Lloyd Freeman is joined by college friends Latonya Clark, Patrice Clark, and Tamra Berry. While all of them attended Howard University, they have different backgrounds and experiences that shaped them along the way. The group discusses the legacies that historically black colleges and universities have/will continue to have in the future. They talk about the culture of Howard as well as the ever-growing network it provided them. HBCUs are both relevant and sustainable, something that many students will carry with them throughout their lives. To learn more about Lloyd Freeman, click here: https://www.bipc.com/lloyd-freeman. To learn more about Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, visit www.BIPC.com.
30:30
June 07, 2022
Courageous Conversations: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Pt 1
Courageous Conversations: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Pt 1
May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. This month provides an opportunity to reflect on this history, and integrate these stories into a renewed understanding of our American narrative. On this special episode, host Lloyd Freeman, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney speaks with Cindy Hinkle, Fayezeh Haji Hassan and Tina Hu as they bring awareness to the layers of diversity within the Asian American community. The trio gives their unique perspectives surrounding their Asian heritage, lineage, cultural observations, challenges and triumphs.   To learn more about Lloyd Freeman, click here: https://www.bipc.com/lloyd-freeman. To learn more about Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, visit www.BIPC.com. To learn more about, Tina Hu, click here: https://www.bipc.com/tina-hu-rodgers To learn more about Fayezeh Haji Hassan, click here: https://www.bipc.com/fayezeh-haji-hassan To learn more about Cindy Hinkle, click here: https://www.bipc.com/cindy-hinkle 
24:46
May 17, 2022
Equality and Opportunity: The Importance of Supplier Diversity
Equality and Opportunity: The Importance of Supplier Diversity
Diversity & Inclusion is wider than the workplace. The most successful businesses know that by creating diversity in their supply chains as well, they can unlock innovation and agility, and improve their ethical credentials. Supplier Diversity is defined as, “a proactive business program, which encourages the use of minority-owned, women-owned, veteran-owned, LGBT-owned, service disabled veteran-owned, historically underutilized business, and Small Business Administration (SBA)-defined small business concerns as suppliers.” On this episode of Dimensions of Diversity, host Lloyd Freeman is joined by Dr. Karmetria Dunham Burton, Sr. Director, Global Supplier Diversity and Inclusion, McDonalds; Kerry L. Kirkland, Deputy Secretary for Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities, Pennsylvania Department of General Services; and Lee E. Lewis, Jr., Director of Supplier Diversity & Inclusion, Highmark Health. The group discusses supplier diversity best practices, how supplier diversity works to combat racial/social injustice, how to eliminate barriers for minority suppliers, and ways to measure the effectiveness of supplier diversity programs. To learn more about Lloyd Freeman, click here: https://www.bipc.com/lloyd-freeman. To learn more about Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, visit, www.BIPC.com. To learn more about Kerry Kirland, click here: https://www.dgs.pa.gov/About/Pages/Bio-Kerry-Kirkland.aspx To learn more about Lee Lewis: https://f.datasrvr.com/fr1/522/29450/MLK-2022-Bios_Lewis.pdf To learn more about Karmetria Dunham-Brown - https://f.datasrvr.com/fr1/722/35016/MLK-2022-Bios_Burton.pdf
55:00
April 26, 2022
Black HERSTORY – The Cultural Significance of Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson
Black HERSTORY – The Cultural Significance of Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson
Host Lloyd Freeman is joined by two guests to discuss the impact of the United States’ first black woman Supreme Court Justice, Ketanji Brown Jackson. On this episode Adara L. Combs, Esq., and Kia Ghee detail their experiences of watching the historic confirmation hearings. Combs serves as the Victim Advocate of Philadelphia and, as leader of the Office of the Victim Advocate, she works to amplify the voices of victims and co-victims of crime in Philadelphia. Ghee is lifelong Philadelphian and seasoned social justice advocate. In June 2021, she was appointed by Mayor Jim Kenney as the Executive Director for Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations, the City’s official civil rights agency. The conversation highlights how inspirational the nomination and subsequent confirmation of Brown-Jackson is for minorities, and specifically black female attorneys. To learn more about Lloyd Freeman, click here: https://www.bipc.com/lloyd-freeman To learn more about Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, visit www.BIPC.com To learn more about Adara Combs, click here: https://www.phillybarristers.com/board/adara-l-combs/ To learn more about Kia Ghee, click here: https://www.nbawldphila.org/personnel/kia-ghee/
20:29
April 11, 2022
How Latinx Critical Race Theory Defines Today’s Hispanic Experience
How Latinx Critical Race Theory Defines Today’s Hispanic Experience
While the national conversation around Critical Race Theory has been largely focused on the Black-white binary, the Latinx point of view is an important one with many dimensions of diversity embedded within it. On this episode of Dimensions of Diversity, host Lloyd Freeman is joined by Victoria Méndez, the City Attorney of Miami, and Pedro Suriel from Raymond James Financial, who share their experiences in the workplace as members of the Hispanic community. Our guests discuss the cultural landscape that faces the Hispanic community and how it has changed over time. We wrap up the episode by discussing awareness and best practices when handling stereotypes, stigmas, racism, and cultural knowledge gaps that consistently pop up throughout the country. To learn more about Lloyd Freeman, click here: https://www.bipc.com/lloyd-freeman. To learn more about Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, visit, www.BIPC.com.
55:34
April 06, 2022
 How to Remain Inclusive in a Hybrid Workplace
How to Remain Inclusive in a Hybrid Workplace
Over the last 18 months, it has been difficult to sustain community within the workplace. There is less opportunity to see the familiar faces of coworkers as we have become accustomed to seeing colleagues over video chats rather than bumping into them at the office. The overload of virtual meetings and conference calls have created a weaker bond between employees, and has also made it more difficult for employees to feel engaged. As calendars become congested with numerous meetings and the hybrid work environment persists, it is necessary for companies to not lose sight of the importance of inclusivity. On this episode of Dimensions of Diversity, host Lloyd Freeman is joined by Aneesh Mehta and Rebecca Benavides from Microsoft, who share their best practices for conducting inclusive and engaging meetings within a hybrid work environment. The two speakers will provide insight into Microsoft’s research-driven guide on how to run inclusive meetings and share tips on how to engage employees. Further, they will share their thoughts on the importance of meeting-leaders properly preparing their teams prior to meetings, setting the tone, setting expectations, and challenging themselves to think beyond surface-level involvement so that productivity can continue to thrive in the workplace. To learn more about Lloyd Freeman, click here: https://www.bipc.com/lloyd-freeman. To learn more about Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, visit, www.BIPC.com.
17:35
December 22, 2021
Intentionality in the Workplace
Intentionality in the Workplace
On this episode of Dimensions of Diversity, our host, Lloyd Freeman, is joined by Sherika Ekpo to discuss the importance of a company’s commitment to belonging, equity, and inclusion. The two examine methods companies can utilize to retain talent through inclusive processes, discuss the best practices that allow businesses to appeal to a new generation of socially responsible interviewees, and provide insight on the positive outcomes of implementing intentionality in the hiring process. Diversity is essential in all aspects of life and business is no exception. It is clear why diversity is good in a business, but improvements in diversity will not happen with companies being passive in their recruiting processes. In this episode, our speakers discuss what true intentionality looks like and how to systemically create opportunities for everyone in the workplace.
18:06
December 08, 2021
Rest, Reset, Rejuvenate, and Reflect
Rest, Reset, Rejuvenate, and Reflect
The pandemic period has sparked an increased awareness of self-care practices and the importance of taking time for yourself. The difficult part for many is finding time around busy work schedules to properly rest. On this fascinating episode of Dimensions of Diversity, host Lloyd Freeman is joined by past president of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association in New York and current CEO of PGE Consulting Group LLC, Paula Edgar, who discusses her recent decision to find the time to reset. Paula is a woman who, like many others, wears many hats, and therefore has a lot on her plate. She is a dedicated lawyer, consultant, speaker, mother, wife, and resourceful peer. Paula is accustomed to living a fast-paced life as she constantly dedicates herself to navigating her clients’ challenges and works every day to leave a significant impact on the world around her. With such passion for the workforce, Paula was familiar with saying “yes” to everyone, but what she was uncomfortable with was saying “yes” to herself. This past summer, Paula made a decision that was difficult at first, one that many might find surreal for a legal professional: she took a two-month sabbatical. In this episode, Paula and Lloyd examine the trajectory of the past year and how it played a role in Paula’s decision. The two will also discuss the benefits that proper reflection-periods can bring to the workplace, and how taking time for yourself can actually amplify your work upon your return. To learn more about Lloyd Freeman, click here: https://www.bipc.com/lloyd-freeman To learn more about Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, visit, www.BIPC.com.
25:22
December 01, 2021
Race in America: Perspectives from South Asian Communities
Race in America: Perspectives from South Asian Communities
Host Lloyd Freeman is joined by Gigio Ninan, a Rutgers law school alumnus, and founder of Shankar Ninan & Co., who shares his perspective on the South Asian American Community and its role in America’s ongoing conversation about race. On this episode, the two discuss the “recent minority” aspect of this community as Asian American discrimination and hatred continues to be pushed to the forefront. The conversation focuses on Gigio Ninan’s personal experiences, and the importance of becoming educated on the different dimensions of diversity within the South Asian community, in order to better prepare the American population in dealing with racial issues. To learn more about Lloyd Freeman, click here: https://www.bipc.com/lloyd-freeman To learn more about Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, visit, www.BIPC.com.
18:31
November 17, 2021
Navigating the “New Normal”: How to Foster Inclusion in an Inconsistent Work Environment.
Navigating the “New Normal”: How to Foster Inclusion in an Inconsistent Work Environment.
It is evident that the pandemic has permanently influenced how we do business. The blurring of the work-life balance has fostered a new type of environment that is rather inconsistent. With some employees working remotely and others returning to the office, it is important for companies to adapt and continue to make inclusivity a priority. As we enter the next phase of the pandemic, it is essential for businesses to accommodate, communicate, promote inclusive work environments, and properly mitigate potential biases. On this episode of Dimensions of Diversity, host Lloyd Freeman is joined by Buchanan’s Chief Talent Officer, Dani Rosetti, to discuss how Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney is tackling the potential inequities in the workplace that have resulted from the pandemic. The two will discuss how businesses can make productive accommodations, mitigate biases, and encourage an inclusive work environment even among these unfamiliar elements. Further, Lloyd and Dani will touch-on the importance of retaining and adapting programs even amidst the pandemic and discuss the benefits of exercising emotional intelligence in the workplace. Learning how to navigate the “new normal” will allow companies to remain productive while also creating an environment that continues to value all employees. To learn more about Lloyd Freeman, click here: https://www.bipc.com/lloyd-freeman To learn more about Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, visit, www.BIPC.com.
11:60
October 27, 2021
Understanding and Celebrating “Latinx” 
Understanding and Celebrating “Latinx” 
“Latinx” is an newer term that is increasingly used by the media and various organizations. Yet, what exactly does “Latinx” mean? Where did this term come from? Is the term “Latinx” interchangeable? Does using this term take away the individuality and uniqueness of the cultures it is used to describe? On this episode of Dimensions of Diversity, host Lloyd Freeman is joined by attorney and current board member of the Hispanic Bar Association, Melinda Colon-Cox, to provide insight on these loaded questions. The two will discuss a bright community full of colorful history, the meaningfulness behind Hispanic Heritage Month, the importance of advocating for one of the fastest growing minority populations in the United States. The episode will highlight the remarkable work of the Hispanic Bar Association that is aimed to remove hurdles and increase representation of “Latinx” individuals within the law community and beyond. Dimensions of Diversity is a podcast which explores the concept of diversity and inclusion in corporate America. Hosted by Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Lloyd Freeman, Dimensions of Diversity features meaningful conversations with industry leaders, D&I experts, attorneys and thought leaders about a variety of subjects, including current events, difficult and sometimes uncomfortable topics, what companies are doing well, what companies need to do better and how our unique experiences, perspectives and viewpoints benefit can move corporate culture forward. To learn more about Lloyd Freeman, click here: https://www.bipc.com/lloyd-freeman. To learn more about Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, visit www.BIPC.com.
16:07
October 06, 2021
How to Handle Difficult Conversations at Work
How to Handle Difficult Conversations at Work
On the first episode of season 2 for Dimensions of Diversity, our host, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Lloyd Freeman is joined by Rachel Williams to discuss navigating uncomfortable conversations in workplace. As many U.S. workers begin the slow return to the office, they will have to readjust to numerous aspects of in-office life – including how best to approach and have uncomfortable conversations, including those about race. These conversations are nothing new, but with the events of last summer still permeating everyday life, it’s important to give folks a little refresher. Dimensions of Diversity is a podcast which explores the concept of diversity and inclusion in corporate America. Hosted by Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Lloyd Freeman, Dimensions of Diversity features meaningful conversations with industry leaders, D&I experts, attorneys and thought leaders about a variety of subjects, including current events, difficult and sometimes uncomfortable topics, what companies are doing well, what companies need to do better and how our unique experiences, perspectives and viewpoints benefit can move corporate culture forward. To learn more about Lloyd Freeman, click here: https://www.bipc.com/lloyd-freeman. To learn more about Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, visit www.BIPC.com.
17:30
September 22, 2021
Mentoring in Underrepresented Groups
Mentoring in Underrepresented Groups
In every workplace around America, there’s a conversation around how to structure effective mentoring matches. It’s no secret that those who have the benefit of a mentor often attain higher and more equitable salaries, they’re better positioned for promotions and tend to move from satisfaction to engagement within the workplace. But, finding that mentor, cultivating a relationship and sustaining that match can prove difficult, particularly for those individuals from underrepresented backgrounds. Our guest for this episode is, Dr. Marcus Lambert, Associate Vice President for Research Strategy and Operations at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He has conducted research and published thought leadership on this topic and other areas that increase diversity and inclusion.
16:42
July 14, 2021
Invisible Disabilities in the Workplace
Invisible Disabilities in the Workplace
Over 3 million Americans are living with a disability. Many of those conditions are very apparent to us. You’ll see some individuals using a wheelchair. Others may require the assistance of a service animal. But, our everyday ableism does not always respect those who are living with invisible disabilities—those that we cannot see or easily ascertain. These individuals, and the diversity they bring to the workplace, demands respect and is protect by laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act. On this episode of Dimensions of Diversity, host Lloyd Freeman is joined by Crystal West Edwards, a principal at Porzio Bromberg & Newman where she specializes in elder and disability law. The two spend time talking about how we can all better understand invisible disabilities. To learn more about Crystal West Edwards, click here: https://pbnlaw.com/attorneys/edwards-crystal-west/. To learn more about Lloyd Freeman, click here: https://www.bipc.com/lloyd-freeman. To learn more about Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, visit www.BIPC.com.
26:02
June 16, 2021
Diversity in the Pharmaceutical Industry
Diversity in the Pharmaceutical Industry
The pharmaceutical industry, like many others, has room for improvement when it comes to diversity. Most recent studies show that approximately 1/3 of the top 50 pharma companies have no women on their board and only 8% of board seats are held by ethnically diverse directors, compared with 14% of the Fortune 500 overall. But there are signs that the industry is heading in the right direction by focusing more on diversity. Civica is an example, with women making up about half of the company’s leadership team, the board of directors and leading critical parts of their business. On this episode of Dimensions of Diversity, host Lloyd Freeman talks to Jennifer Spalding, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Civica. The two discuss the need for improvement in diversity within the Pharma space and what Spalding and Civica are doing at her company to make a leading difference.  To learn more about Civica, click here: https://civicarx.org/. To learn more about Lloyd Freeman, click here: https://www.bipc.com/lloyd-freeman. To learn more about Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, visit www.BIPC.com.
13:04
June 15, 2021
Microaggressions, Microassaults, Microinsults, and Microinvalidations
Microaggressions, Microassaults, Microinsults, and Microinvalidations
For people in underrepresented or marginalized groups, microaggressions, microassaults, microinsults, and microinvalidations are too often experienced. And the resulting effect can be harmful. Individuals may stop speaking up, stop taking risks, experience decreases in productivity, quit jobs and in the most egregious example, file discrimination complaints. On this episode of Dimensions of Diversity, host Lloyd Freeman is joined by Jeff Marshall, SVP and Head of Diversity, Equity & Belonging at UM Worldwide. To learn more about UM Worldwide, click here: https://www.umww.com/. To learn more about Lloyd Freeman, click here: https://www.bipc.com/lloyd-freeman. To learn more about Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, visit www.BIPC.com.
20:06
June 04, 2021
Promote, Advance, Grow: The Role of White Male Allies in Corporate America
Promote, Advance, Grow: The Role of White Male Allies in Corporate America
When you hear the words diversity, equity and inclusion, white male is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. In fact, white male leaders offer an important, and perhaps less heard, voice in discussions about transforming organizational culture to support the success of all diverse talent. This advocacy journey is not always linear, but white male allies play a critical role in providing mentorship, resources and opportunity to make their organizations—and leaders—more diverse and inclusive. On this episode of Dimensions of Diversity, host Lloyd Freeman is joined by Greg Jordan, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer at PNC Financial Services and Joe Dougherty, CEO and Managing Director of Buchanan. The three will offer their personal successes and missteps, and what they are doing every day to foster organizational change and create truly inclusive workplaces. To learn more about Greg Jordan click here: https://www.pnc.com/en/about-pnc/company-profile/leadership-team/gregory-b-jordan.html. To learn more about Joe Dougherty, click here: https://www.bipc.com/joseph-dougherty. To learn more about Lloyd Freeman, click here: https://www.bipc.com/lloyd-freeman. To learn more about Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, visit www.BIPC.com.
53:12
May 13, 2021
The How and Why of Seeing More Women in Congress
The How and Why of Seeing More Women in Congress
The number of women in Congress and in state legislatures has been slowly but steadily rising. Though there is still significant underrepresentation of women in government, women are beginning to win more seats in government and have a stronger voice in policymaking.  On this episode of Dimensions of Diversity, host Lloyd Freeman talks with Representative Joanna E. McClinton (D), House minority leader in the Pennsylvania Legislature. Ms. McClinton represents PA's 191st Legislative District, which encompasses parts of Southwest, West Philly, Montgomery and Delaware counties. In 2018, she became the only Black person and woman ever selected to chair the House Democratic Caucus, and in 2020 became the only Black woman to ever hold a party leadership position in Harrisburg. In their discussion, Freeman and McClinton discuss the increase of women in politics, the challenges women and specifically Black women face, and what the future holds for her and politics in general. To learn more about Rep. McClinton, click here: https://www.mcclintonforpa.com/. To learn more about Lloyd Freeman, click here: https://www.bipc.com/lloyd-freeman. To learn more about Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, visit www.BIPC.com.
52:08
May 05, 2021
Women in the C-Suite
Women in the C-Suite
Women in corporate America continue to break glass ceilings, but female talent at C-suite level is still underrepresented. In fact, when it comes to Compliance Officers, just 1/3 are women. On this episode of Dimensions of Diversity, host Lloyd Freeman is joined by Kathy Gaddes, Executive Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer for AmerisourceBergen. Gaddes assumed her current role in October 2018 after serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer since 2016. She has been with AmerisourceBergen since 2011. Freeman and Gaddes discuss the challenges women face in climbing the corporate ladder in the law field, one traditionally dominated by men. They also discuss the risks women take in their jobs compared to men, and what Gaddes has done in her career to advance, with advice for those trying to follow her path. To learn more about Kathy Gaddes, click here: https://www.amerisourcebergen.com/people/kathy-gaddes. To learn more about Lloyd Freeman, click here: https://www.bipc.com/lloyd-freeman. To learn more about Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, visit www.BIPC.com.
19:29
April 28, 2021
Diversity Mandates in the Legal Field
Diversity Mandates in the Legal Field
On this episode of Dimensions of Diversity, podcast host Lloyd Freeman is joined by Conway Ekpo, a lawyer who has spent half his career in Big Law and shifted to a role in-house at a major corporation. Ekpo is an adjunct law professor and a frequent speaker/writer on diversity in the legal profession. Freeman and Ekpo discuss whether diversity mandates in the legal field are doing enough to actually improve diversity and inclusion, or if many companies are too quick to celebrate stagnant progress. Specifically, Ekpo discusses Coca-Cola GC Bradley Gayton's recent letter calling out this lack of progress as a crisis for the legal industry and the company's new law firm diversity requirements for its outside counsel. To learn more about Lloyd Freeman, click here: https://www.bipc.com/lloyd-freeman. To learn more about Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, visit www.BIPC.com
24:11
April 21, 2021
Women in the Workplace: How COVID-19 Changed Everything
Women in the Workplace: How COVID-19 Changed Everything
Host Lloyd Freeman is joined by professor Stacy Hawkins of Rutgers University. Professor Hawkins teaches courses at Rutgers in Constitutional Law, Employment Law and an original seminar on Diversity and the Law. On this episode, Hawkins and Freeman discuss COVID-19's impact on workplace demographics, and specifically how women have been disproportionally impacted. The discussion focuses on what long-term impacts the pandemic will have on women in the workplace and what the future looks like for creating a more equal and equitable workplace in the future. To learn more about Lloyd Freeman, click here: https://www.bipc.com/lloyd-freeman. To learn more about Stacy Hawkins, click here: https://law.rutgers.edu/directory/view/shawkins.  To learn more about Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, visit www.BIPC.com
20:34
April 14, 2021
Black HERstory - The Cultural Significance of Vice President Kamala Harris
Black HERstory - The Cultural Significance of Vice President Kamala Harris
Host Lloyd Freeman is joined by two guests with powerful backgrounds in Diversity and Inclusion and specifically, the empowerment of black women in the workplace.  This week's guests are Kimberly Reed, Global Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Strategist at the Reed Development Group, and Monique Myatt-Galloway, regional counsel of a federal agency and past president of the the Barristers' Association of Philadelphia. Reed is also a Certified Diversity Practitioner, top-rated corporate and leadership facilitator & trainer, and the author of Optimists Always Win!: Moving from Defeat to Life's C-Suite, available on Amazon. And beyond her career at the federal level, Myatt-Galloway is also an adjunct professor at Drexel University in Philadelphia teaching Introduction to Trial Advocacy to second and third year law students. On this episode, the three talk about the significant behind Kamala Harris' election as the first woman and first black woman to serve as Vice President. The discussion centers around what her achievement means for black women today, and just as importantly, how her election does not mean that the work to increase workplace equity for black women is anywhere near done. To learn more about Lloyd Freeman, click here: https://www.bipc.com/lloyd-freeman To learn more about Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, visit www.BIPC.com
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April 07, 2021
Black Hairstyles in the Workplace
Black Hairstyles in the Workplace
Host Lloyd Freeman is joined by Professor Wendy Greene of Drexel University in Philadelphia to examine the law and effects of racial discrimination against African descendants’ natural hair in the workplace. Greene is the first tenured African American woman on the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law faculty and has devoted her professional life’s work to advancing racial, color, and gender equity in workplaces and beyond. Her 2008 article, “Title VII: What’s Hair (and Other Race-Base Characteristics) Got to Do with It?”, is being adopted in history-making state and federal legislation known as the C.R.O.W.N. Acts (Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair Acts). These will be the first laws in the nation to expressly recognize race discrimination is inclusive of the discrimination African descendants’ encounter based upon their natural and protective hairstyles such as afros, twists, locs, and braids. Greene’s legal scholarship and public advocacy, which explores how constructions of identity inform and constrain anti-discrimination law, have generated civil rights protections for victims of discrimination throughout the United States. Greene is one of the world’s leading legal experts on this global civil rights issue and founder of the #FreeTheHair campaign, she is currently writing her first book, #FreeTheHair: Locking Black Hair to Civil Rights Movements, with the University of California, Berkeley Press. To learn more about Greene, click here: https://drexel.edu/law/faculty/fulltime_fac/wendy-greene/ To learn more about Lloyd Freeman, click here: https://www.bipc.com/lloyd-freeman To learn more about Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, visit www.BIPC.com
57:07
March 26, 2021