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Diversity and Inclusion: A Leadership Boardroom

New Initiative to Stimulate Innovation and Best Practices for Professional Services Firms

BOSTON, MA, June 18, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Today, the Legal Sales and Service Organization ("LSSO"), in partnership with LawVision, launches the Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Boardroom ("Leadership Boardroom"), a specialized initiative for executives to rethink, refine and recalibrate efforts to strengthen and build a diverse and inclusive professional services firm. At a time when COVID-19 and civil unrest have compelled firms to consider how to deliver best in class services in a complex and changing marketplace, measures on diversity and inclusion offer competitive advantages to those firms that are embracing innovation and change. The Leadership Boardroom will provide a confidential forum for strategic discussions on growing diversity within professional services firms, and to reconsider the most timely and relevant issues executives charged with managing diverse workforces face. Leadership Boardroom membership is open to diversity and inclusion heads at law and accounting firms and companies that retain their services.

"The imperative of building and supporting a truly diverse and inclusive workforce has never been more urgent. This is a moment to think critically, to innovate, to act," says Silvia Coulter, Principal of the Client Development and Growth Practice at LawVision and co-chair of the Leadership Boardroom. "This initiative is about change. About bringing together experienced leaders and moving the agenda forward, recognizing that now – when the full spectrum of human resource issues are on the table – is the time to consider ways to enable a workforce that can take full advantage of the talent and energy that comes from diversity and inclusion."

The first of two Leadership Boardrooms in 2020 – July 29 – will be virtual due to COVID-19 challenges and will feature guest speakers as well as Leadership Boardroom member discussion topics. The theme is Diversity and Inclusion in the Age of the Pandemic and Social Unrest, and will consist of facilitated discussions on Diversity and Inclusion as Tools for Social Leadership, Gender and Ethnicity – Two Sides of the Same Coin?, Critical Elements for Establishing Alignment with Clients and Diversity & Inclusion Metrics and Analytics.

The second virtual Leadership Boardroom will be on September 24, 2020. It will feature topics identified in pre-conference phone interviews (or online surveys) with new and prospective Leadership Boardroom members and law and accounting firm clients.

"We are bringing together executives who are defining and honing the future of professional service firms, how those firms embrace their staffs and service their clients," says Derwin Johnson, a strategic partner with LawVision and Principal at Derwin Johnson Communications. "This is a special forum at a special time. The professional services marketplace is changing. Embracing diversity must be a core element of that change. For that reason, professional service firm leaders who have track records of success within their firms are encouraged to attend."

To sign up or for more information, please email Silvia Coulter, Principal Consultant, or Christine Hicks, Executive Assistant, at LawVision to confirm your attendance at one or both of the upcoming Zoom meetings.

About Legal Sales and Services Organization(LSSO): LSSO delivers the education and resources that lawyers and those who work with them need to improve their sales and client service skills with exclusive research, and tools and information for members only. LSSO supplies the legal marketplace with innovative, groundbreaking events and resources, including the annual RainDance Conference and LSSO's Coaching Certification Programs. Follow LSSO on Twitter and LinkedIn.

LawVision: LawVision offers customized services that strengthen the professional services industry. Our services cover all facets of firm leadership, including strategic planning, culture challenges, new business development, marketing and communications. Follow LawVision and on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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