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Inclusivity Included: Powerful personal stories
27 minutes | 7 days ago
Ray Cardozo: The Power of Proximity
As we kick off Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Reed Smith appellate partner Ray Cardozo shares his personal story including migrating from Kenya to New England, attending UC Berkeley, becoming an attorney and arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court for Reed Smith. Ray discusses the impact of racism and shares solutions all of us can undertake to stop hate and pay it forward for future generations. For more information, please visit Reed Smith's Diversity & Inclusion page.
31 minutes | a month ago
Keys to recruiting diverse legal talent
Merle Vaughn, national law firm diversity practice group leader at Major, Lindsey & Africa, shares her experiences in recruiting diverse talent. She tells co-hosts Iveliz Crespo and John Iino how leading recruiters have found success, how diverse individuals can maximize their opportunities and how employers can improve their recruiting practices. For more information, please visit Reed Smith's Diversity & Inclusion page.
30 minutes | 2 months ago
Innovative DE&I programs for corporations
KeyAnna Schmiedl, global head for culture and inclusion at Wayfair, joins co-hosts Iveliz Crespo and John Iino to share their thoughts about the innovative programs and policies at Wayfair, and discuss which ones have produced the most meaningful results. For more information, please visit Reed Smith's Diversity & Inclusion page.
27 minutes | 3 months ago
Legislating Diversity: Current initiatives and their impact on corporate America
Reed Smith attorneys Liza Craig and DJ Cespedes join co-hosts Iveliz Crespo and John Iino to discuss recent federal and state legislative initiatives that regulate organizations’ diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, the criminal justice system, and opposing litigation. They also look into new executive orders from the Biden administration, California’s mandate for board diversification, and other legislation impacting company policy and diversity initiatives. Our panel will predict outcomes for future legislation promoting diversity. For more information, please visit Reed Smith's Diversity & Inclusion page.
26 minutes | 4 months ago
Best practices for building effective diversity, equity & inclusion programs
Many organizational leaders want to do the right thing—they’re committed to creating more equitable, diverse and inclusive workplaces. In spite of that, many leaders are unsure where to begin. In this episode, co-hosts John Iino and Iveliz Crespo join Reed Smith counsel Liza Craig – our deputy director for diversity, equity & inclusion programs in the U.S. – to share strategies for achieving transformational change on issues of equity, inclusion and diversity.For more information, please visit Reed Smith's Diversity & Inclusion page.
33 minutes | 5 months ago
How data tech and analytics can improve diversity, equity and inclusion programs
Listen as notable speakers discuss the impact of IT and analytics in driving positive DE&I outcomes. Traci Shirachi, CEO of The Mark USA data analytics company, with Iveliz Crespo and John Iino, explain how data analytics broaden the definition of diversity, by drilling down into thoughts, feelings, socioeconomic backgrounds, relationships, experiences, culture, and generational perspectives. For more information, please visit Reed Smith's Diversity & Inclusion page.
33 minutes | 6 months ago
Rethinking history through an Indigenous lens
Every November, Native American Heritage Month provides a national platform for indigenous people to shed light on their communities. In this episode, we will learn about the complex cultures and traditions of Indigenous communities and the often-overlooked history that continues to shape the inequities they experience today. Speakers include Jacob McArthur, member of White Earth Ojibwe Nation, Tori McConnell, member of the Yurok tribe, and Dina Horwedel, director of public education at the American Indian College Fund, joined by our hosts John Iino and Iveliz Crespo.For more information, please visit Reed Smith's Diversity & Inclusion page.
28 minutes | 6 months ago
Helping veterans fight for disability benefits
In this special Veterans Day episode, Reed Smith partner Julia Lopez guest hosts a discussion with lawyers Melisa Geist and Kathy Oviedo to discuss their pro bono work to help veterans get a second chance at disability benefits that were wrongly denied or delayed. They’re joined by Rochelle Bobroff, pro bono director at the National Veterans Legal Services Program, which works to ensure that the government delivers to our nation's 22 million veterans and active duty personnel the benefits to which they are entitled because of disabilities resulting from military service. This episode was produced with support from RSVets, Reed Smith’s veterans and military family business inclusion group.For more information, please visit Reed Smith's Diversity & Inclusion page.
32 minutes | 7 months ago
Ask me my pronouns: Creating transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary inclusive workplaces
In recognition of LGBT+ History Month, Nat Ochoa (they/them), an associate in Reed Smith’s labor and employment group, joins John Iino (he/him) and Iveliz Crespo (they/them) for an enlightening discussion on the importance of transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary (TGNCNB) inclusive workplaces. In this episode, Nat discusses being non-binary at work, their involvement with PRISM, Reed Smith’s LGBT+ business inclusion group, PRISM’s efforts to advance inclusion with Reed Smith’s recent pronoun initiative, and transgender inclusive strategies that organizations and leaders should adopt. For more information, please visit Reed Smith's Diversity & Inclusion page.
28 minutes | 7 months ago
How workplaces promote recovery by destigmatizing mental illness
World Mental Health Day is observed every year on October 10, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world. Mark Goldstein, partner chair of Reed Smith’s Mental Health Task Force, talks powerfully about challenging the stigma associated with mental health. Joined by hosts John Iino and Iveliz Crespo, Mark shares his personal experience with mental health symptoms and describes strategies companies can use to cultivate psychological wellness and encourage help-seeking behaviors. For more information, please visit Reed Smith's Diversity & Inclusion page.
30 minutes | 7 months ago
Why Organizations Need to Be ‘Disability-Confident’… and How to Make that Happen
The three co-founders of Reed Smith’s disability focused inclusion group share best practices and challenges in building an effective employee resource group for people with disabilities. This comes on the heels of the news that Reed Smith has earned the top score of 100 on the Disability Equality Index, a benchmarking tool that offers businesses an opportunity to self-report their disability inclusion policies and practices. Luke Debevec, Kevin Hara and Carolyn Pepper join co-hosts Iveliz Crespo and John Iino to share their experiences and best practices.For more information, please visit Reed Smith's Diversity & Inclusion page.
28 minutes | 8 months ago
Dr. Yasmin Davidds: Empowering Latinas and multicultural women to become leaders around the world
Dr. Yasmin Davidds joins John Iino and Iveliz Crespo to share her personal stories of empowering and developing multicultural women leaders. An organizational psychologist, Dr. Davidds has helped develop over 2,000 corporate leaders in more than 200 blue chip companies in 22 countries; by teaching, instructing and developing negotiation skills and leadership competencies, and focusing on women in professional, academic and corporate settings.For more information, please visit Reed Smith's Diversity & Inclusion page.
30 minutes | 9 months ago
Revisiting Race: Examining "Blackness" in Latinx communities
Dr. Shantee Rosado, professor in Africana Studies at Rutgers University, delves into the intersections and emergence of Afro-Latinidad in the United States. Joined by D&I advisor Iveliz Crespo and Life Sciences partner Julia López, Rosado discusses coalition-building to advance racial equity, and shares strategies to combat anti-blackness and colorism in Latinx communities.For more information, please visit Reed Smith's Diversity & Inclusion page.
31 minutes | 9 months ago
The American Indian College Fund: Changing the face of higher education
Cheryl Crazy Bull, president and CEO, and Emily White Hat, J.D., vice president of programs, of the American Indian College Fund, discuss the indigenous populations they serve, the College Fund’s transformative advocacy work, and how individuals and organizations can support Native Americans. Reed Smith Global Chief Diversity Officer John Iino and Global D&I Advisor Iveliz Crespo moderate the episode.For more information, please visit Reed Smith's Diversity & Inclusion page.
38 minutes | 9 months ago
A. Scott Bolden: Living at the intersection of business, law, politics and race
Reed Smith Managing Partner A. Scott Bolden shares stories about his childhood during the civil rights movement, reflects on his successful career, and offers his unique insight on the need for more discussion and reconciliation around race relations, in an episode recorded earlier this year. Bolden is the current managing partner of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.For more information, please visit Reed Smith's Diversity & Inclusion page.
29 minutes | 10 months ago
Deconstructing White Privilege: Calling all upstanders (Part 3)
In Part 3 of our series “Deconstructing White Privilege,” former Reed Smith partner Mike Scott, associate Lora Spencer, and co-hosts Iveliz Crespo and John Iino discuss their work on the case to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the Mississippi state flag. They also will emphasize the importance of upstanders who support the Black community and interrupt racism.For more information, please visit Reed Smith's Diversity & Inclusion page.
32 minutes | 10 months ago
Deconstructing White Privilege: When white women cry (Part 2)
Jenna Chandler-Ward, founder of the Multicultural Teaching Institute and the Teaching While White podcast and blog, joins Dr. Dana Alvaré, Reed Smith’s global gender equity advisor, Liza Craig, deputy chair of Reed Smith’s Black business inclusion group, and Global Diversity Chair John Iino for a lively discussion on: the intersectionality between gender and race; why white women feel uncomfortable discussing race; and how white women can engage in discussions around race and racism.For more information, please visit Reed Smith's Diversity & Inclusion page.
30 minutes | a year ago
Deconstructing white privilege
Ryan Williams-Virden, author and instructor on Reimagining Whiteness, joins Reed Smith Diversity & Inclusion Global Chair John Iino and Senior Public Relations Manager Devon Jaffier for a provocative discussion examining white privilege, why it is difficult for white people to discuss race, and what organizations can do to address systemic racism. For more information, please visit Reed Smith's Diversity & Inclusion page. For more information on the legal and business implications of COVID-19, visit the Reed Smith Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center.
33 minutes | a year ago
Xenophobia against Asian Americans during the Coronavirus crisis
Since its official launch on March 19, 2020, the STOP AAPI HATE reporting center has received more than 1,700 reports of coronavirus-related verbal harassment, shunning and physical assault against Asian Americans. Manjusha Kulkarni, Esq., executive director of the Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council, along with D&I Global Chair John Iino and D&I Advisor Iveliz Crespo, present a brief history of discriminatory laws against Asian Americans, discuss the impacts of discrimination against Asian Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic, and conclude with thoughts on how we can support each other during these times. For more information, please visit Reed Smith's Diversity & Inclusion page. For more information on the legal and business implications of COVID-19, visit the Reed Smith Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center.
34 minutes | a year ago
Jean Lee: Fighting for equity beginning as an Asian immigrant
Jean Lee, president and chief executive officer of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, joins John Iino to share her personal stories, starting in her childhood, on how being a first-generation Korean-American immigrant shaped her commitment to advocacy and equity. Jean discusses systemic racism impacting the justice system and the legal profession, her work to disrupt these inequities, the importance of allyship and strategies for truly inclusive leadership. For more information, please visit Reed Smith's Diversity & Inclusion page.
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