The “best and the brightest” lawyers in the junior ranks of the profession do not “look” like the ones at the top. According to the 2017 NALP Report on Diversity, minorities account for 8.4% of partners in the nation’s major firms. Women account for 22.7%.
Year after year, firms across the country neglect these demographics in the workplace , losing talent and new business ventures as a result.. To create a more inclusive workforce and change the face of the legal profession, retention must become a priority for employers.
However, retaining diverse set of talent requires a different set of skills for most of the industry. Going forward, employers must put a greater emphasis on strategic talent development. As they do, they will reap its rewards, receiving a measurable return on investment for both bottom line and its employees.
About Jane DiRenzo Pigott
Jane DiRenzo Pigott is Managing Director of R3 Group LLC, providing leadership, change and diversity/inclusion consulting to professional service organizations. Prior to this, Jane practiced law for over twenty years – most recently at Winston & Strawn as the Chair of the global Environmental Law practice Group.
As a pioneer for women and minority groups in and outside of the legal profession, Jane works ensure various genders, races, ethnicities, and more are represented in the workplace. At R3 Group, Jane works with various clients to enhance their financial performance and competitive edge by showing them how to retain, develop, and promote their key talent. Before starting R3 Group, Jane was the first woman to serve on Winston’s Executive Management Committee and its Compensation Committee. While there, she created and chaired the firm’s Diversity Initiative, rendering the firm a leader among its peers.