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Diversity and inclusion report

PALO ALTO: 7 March 2017

On 7th March, GC Magazine held the West Coast launch of its second Diversity & Inclusion Special Report in association with Paul Hastings. The event took place at Garden Court Hotel, Palo Alto.

A group of general counsel, in-house counsel and diversity professionals from organizations such as Linked In, Intel, Google, Amazon and Facebook gathered to hear and join in with a discussion on how we practically ensure diversity and inclusion is advanced both in business and in the legal sector.

The evening was introduced by Elena Baca, Chair of Paul Hastings Los Angeles office and Catherine McGregor, Editor-in-Chief of GC Magazine and Publishing Director, The Legal 500 (In-House).

The discussion was organized around a panel of featuring interviewees from the GC Magazine report and others active and interested in the diversity space. These were, Louise Pentland, Paypal; Willie Hernandez, Hewlett Packard; Olga Mack, ClearSlide; Kelly Conway of Linden Lab and Seth Zachery, Chairman, Paul Hastings.

The dynamic and engaged conversation covered a range of areas but with the organizing idea of practical tips and steps to actually effect change.

These included:

  • Strategy: strategy and tone from the top and how the strategic imperative for diversity and inclusion can be best communicated both upwards and downwards in organizations and also more broadly even outside of your own company.
  • Pipeline: ideas, large or small in scale that you that have made a tangible difference to recruitment for diverse candidates.
  • Inclusion: making sure we progress diverse candidates in a meaningful way? Again I’d like to focus this on tactics or ideas that you have seen work.
  • The Power of the client: using the power of the client, including thoughts on how smaller companies not just larger ones can most effectively wield this.

Scroll down below to see photos from the evening.