Navigating the politics of an organization is one of a professional’s most challenging barriers to success. Understanding how to leverage your diversity capital, a more nuanced version of political capital, can be even more fraught with difficulty given the flat and small nature of many legal departments, the opaque nature of many partnerships, the inconsistency across government agencies and the unwritten rules that impact LGBTQ+ people in the workplace. There is very little research on how LGBTQ+ people can and should use diversity capital in the workplace in establishing their own career path, how it presents in the job search, and how and when to use it to connect with clients. This interactive session with case studies will describe what diversity capital is and help LGBTQ+ legal professionals, including those with multiple marginalized identities, leverage that diversity capital effectively for themselves and others they want to elevate in the workplace.
Speakers: Sheri Crosby Wheeler (Fossil Group, Inc.); Rebecca Glatzer (Major, Lindsey & Africa); Bendita Cynthia Malakia (Hogan Lovells); Michelle Peak (Sunbelt Rentals, Inc., NAM & Canada); LaNitra Webb (Hogan Lovells)