It starts with dialogue
To increase diversity, equity, and inclusion, you have to talk about diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Our conversation began when we were founded and continues today with celebrations, events, educational newsletters, resources, and training for our attorneys and staff.
We celebrate diversity robustly year-round through special educational awareness resources, events, and activities for Black History Month, National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, National Hispanic Month, National Native American Heritage Month, Pride Month, Women’s History Month, and more. Our team members can track our celebrations and access the educational materials using our internal Diversity Calendar.
We also come together as a firm to recognize Diversity Awareness Month every October. During Diversity Awareness Month, we embrace the different backgrounds that make us of us each unique by hosting activities like an international food festival, a recipe swap and firm cookbook, movie nights, and essay contests.
Engaging with Diversity
We acknowledge the need for us to engage in deeper conversations on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Throughout the year, we also hold town hall meetings within the Epstein Becker Green community to provide everyone a voice. The goal of these meetings is to both listen and learn how we can best make a difference in the fight for racial equality through education, advocacy, action, and support.
Our training programming for all our attorneys and staff brings in nationally recognized unconscious-bias consultants with the goals of raising awareness and developing solutions in hiring, work assignments, evaluations, and retention. We have also established mandatory firm-wide e-learning on preventing sexual harassment and the behaviors that foster a work environment free from discrimination and harassment.
To honor the diversity in our firm, our profession, and our communities, we have hosted an annual reception for more than 10 years. Through this event, Epstein Becker Green created the “Make a Difference” Award as a way to acknowledge those individuals who, through their outstanding commitment, dedication, and abilities, have made a difference in the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The “Make a Difference” Award is presented at our reception during Diversity Awareness Month each October.
Thank you to our 2020 honorees, individually and collectively, for their efforts around diversity awareness and on behalf of the firm, including leading and moderating several town hall and other discussions focused on justice and the successful celebration of this year’s Diversity Awareness Month marked by care, consideration, and respect for others.
Past “Make a Difference” Award Recipients
- 2019 Honoree – Wade Henderson, former President of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
- 2018 Honoree – Christine Quinn, President and Chief Executive Officer of Win (formerly Women in Need)
- 2017 Honoree – Eric T. Washington, Retired Chief Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals
- 2016 Honoree – Laurie Robinson Haden, Founder and CEO of Corporate Counsel Women of Color
- 2015 Honoree – William A. Keyes, IV, Founder and President of the Institute for Responsible Citizenship
- 2014 Honoree – Kenneth G. Standard, General Counsel Emeritus and Of Counsel at Epstein Becker Green
- 2013 Honoree – Shirley Ann Higuchi, Esq., Chair of the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation