Diversity & Inclusion Summit (CDC201021)

October 21, 2020

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)

Zoom Video Conference

United States

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Purpose of the Summit

The Diversity & Inclusion Summit: The Collaborative Blueprint is an innovative and collaborative professional development experience designed to empower leaders in the legal profession to take action toward making Connecticut a more diverse and inclusive bench and bar. Through interactive workshops and discussions, you will gain knowledge and learn strategies to help create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment in your organization and in the State of Connecticut.

You Will Learn

  • A snapshot of the data collected from our signatories to the pledge/plan in 2020, which highlights initial growing statistics on the diversity within the Connecticut legal profession since its collection in 2017
  • Ways to address systemic racism in your organization and the legal community
  • About topics regarding retention of underrepresented minorities in legal organizations and strategies and techniques to address these issues


9:00 a.m.  Welcome Remarks from Amy Lin Meyerson, CBA President
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Signatory Data Presentation - Cecil J. Thomas, CBA President-elect
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Plenary Workshop: Aleria PBC- Paolo Gaudiano & Lisa Magill
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Break
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Plenary Workshop (cont.)
1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Break
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Keynote Speaker and Q&A with Sharon E. Jones, Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession, and Moderated by Sandra S. Yamate, Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession
3:00 p.m.  Closing Remarks from Cecil J. Thomas, CBA President-elect and Amani Edwards, CBA Director of Diversity and Human Resources

Signatory Data Collection Overview


Attendees will be reintroduced to the goals of the collaborative pledge/plan, see results from data collection among the signatories, and receive a summary of the path to successful training initiatives discussed during signatory meetings. 

Presentation CLE Credits

0.5 CT CLE Credits (Ethics) | 0.5 NY CLE Credits (Diversity&Inclusion)

Plenary Workshop
Measuring the Invisible: How Inclusion Drives Employee Happiness and Company Performance


It's been said that diversity is being invited to the party, and inclusion is being asked to dance. But while this makes sense intuitively, how does it help leaders navigate tactical and strategic aspects of Diversity & Inclusion (D&I)? We have developed a unique framework to define and measure inclusion. In this session, we explain how and why inclusion drives greater employee satisfaction and firm performance, while fostering greater diversity, and we show how to link specific D&I inclusion initiatives to traditional business KPIs and to employee satisfaction. After introducing these key concepts, the workshop shifts into a hands-on “Inclusion Assessment” in which we explore Categories of Inclusion and participants share specific experiences using our online tool. Following the exercise, we will present a real-time analysis of the data collected during the exercise, to get an immediate demonstration of the quantitative measurements of inclusion among members of the audience. The presentation concludes with a discussion of specific, practical actions and resources that can help participants increase inclusion within their firms.

You Will Learn

  • Why inclusion is invisible
  • How inclusion impacts company performance
  • How to measure inclusion
  • How to create a culture of inclusion in your firm

Plenary Workshop CLE Credits

2.0 CT CLE Credits (Ethics) | 0.0 NY CLE Credits

Keynote Presentation
Moment to Movement:  Strategies for Sustainable Retention and Advancement


This session will present strategies for successful mentoring and sponsorship initiatives for organizations designed to promote retention and advancement of diverse lawyers. Strategies for individuals on how to foster successful mentoring and sponsorship relationships will also be addressed. Finally, steps that individuals can take to create more inclusive legal cultures and a more inclusive legal profession will be covered.

You Will Learn

  • How to create formal mentoring and sponsorship programs
  • How to create successful individual relationships with sponsors and mentors in order to support the retention and advancement of diverse individuals in the legal profession
  • About current research on best practices within the legal profession
  • 10 steps each person can take to create a move diverse and inclusive legal profession.

Keynote Presentation CLE Credits

1.5 CT CLE Credits (Ethics) | 1.5 NY CLE Credits (Diversity&Inclusion)

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For more information about this year's Diversity and Inclusion Summit, please email Amani Edwards, aedwards@ctbar.org


Amy Lin Meyerson crop Amy Lin Meyerson
CBA President, Law Office of Amy Lin Meyerson, Weston, CT

Cecil Thomas Cecil J. Thomas
CBA President-elect, Greater Hartford Legal Aid, Hartford, CT

Amani_Headshot (150x150) Amani Edwards
CBA Director of Diversity & Human Resources, New Britain, CT

Paolo Gaudiano Paolo Gaudiano
Co-Founder & Chief Scientist, Aleria PBC, New York, NY

Sarah Jones Sharon E. Jones
Jones Diversity, Inc., Board of Directors, Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession, Chicago, IL

Lisa Magill Lisa Magill
Co-Founder & CEO, Aleria PBC, New York, NY

neeta vatti Neeta Vatti
Quinnipiac University School of Law, Hamden, CT

Kean Zimmerman Kean Zimmerman
Tokio Marine HCC - D&O Group, Farmington, CT


Sandra Yamate Sandra S. Yamate
CEO, Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession, Chicago, IL

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