At Stinson Leonard Street, we believe that education is an essential element of enhancing diversity at all levels of the firm. We frequently host internal panels and speakers as part of our U Stinson Leonard training curriculum. Programs recognizing the benefits of inclusion and encouraging diversity are offered firm-wide.
Examples of recent program highlights include:
This panel—featuring in-house counsel from The Coca-Cola Company, General Motors Corporation and Verizon Business—explored the importance of diversity in business, diversity expectations with regard to legal service providers, and the consequences to legal providers for not meeting diversity expectations.
Leading diversity consultant and speaker Vernā Myers, Esq., explored the importance of eliminating gender bias and stereotyping, as well as eliminating leadership barriers for women.
Nationally recognized speaker Arin N. Reeves, J.D., Ph.D., presented this program on how to recognize and address generational differences in the workplace and in client development.
Werten Bellamy focused his presentation on the relationship between associates and partners and how that relationship can be strengthened.
A theater-based training program, developed by partner Judith Langevin, explored unconscious and hidden bias using professional actors from Theater at Work. The scenes, followed by a thoughtful panel discussion, blended humor and drama to illustrate issues involving age, disability, gender, national origin, race, and sexual orientation bias in the legal workplace.
The firm is a strong supporter of various avenues to improve diversity in the community. To that end, we are pleased to highlight our most recent collaborative educational programming:
The firm led a collaborative effort between five major Kansas City law firms and the Kansas City Repertory Theater to hold an extraordinary evening of theater and diversity dialogue centered around August Wilson’s Radio Golf. The award-winning play is the story of an African-American political candidate and real estate tycoon running for office. The panelists explored Radio Golf’s contemporary significance, running parallel to the 2008 presidential campaign.
The firm was a sponsor and co-coordinator of the Diversity Forum at the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association for a day focused on diversity strategy and education. Vernā Myers, a nationally recognized expert in helping law firms tackle diversity issues, presented Moving Diversity Forward: How to Go from Well Meaning to Well Doing. After the program, Myers met with firm management and diversity personnel from the sponsoring firms to discuss best practices and strategies for diversity and inclusion.