Are you currently implementing best practices for diversity, equity, and inclusion? Ask yourself:
- Does your law firm, company, or law school offer fully-inclusive benefits to LGBTQ+ employees?
- Do your decisionmakers and HR have the most cutting-edge LGBTQ+ policies and practices at their fingertips?
- Are you tracking LGBTQ+ identity along with other diversity?
- Are your hiring efforts yielding results or could you be missing LGBTQ+ talent?
- Is everyone on staff trained on appropriate terminology and cultural capacity to appropriately interact professionally with transgender and nonbinary colleagues, opposing counsel or even clients?
- Are openly LGBTQ+ employees empowered to take action within your firm or organization? Do those who represent minority groups feel burdened and tokenized?
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Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Practicing attorney with over 25 years of LGBTQ+ activism.
M. Dru Levasseur, Esq. is a high-energy presenter, leading advisor, and seasoned strategist with extensive experience in law, advocacy, consulting, philanthropy, and community organizing within the LGBTQ+ equality movement.
Hear what people are saying about Lavender Law 365™
“Working with Dru and Lavender Law 365™ has been seamless. Not only is Dru is uniquely qualified as an attorney and educator, but he is one of the most authentic, compelling and knowledgeable D&I speakers we have engaged. Dru was able to break down complex concepts and issues the trans and nonbinary community faces with ease. With over 400 attendees, the program was one of our highest attended and rated diversity trainings we have hosted. We look forward to continuing to partner with Dru and Lavender Law 365™ to create an even more inclusive and supportive environment for our colleagues.”
Candace Matson, Partner and Co-Leader of Out at Sheppard (internal LGBTQ+ affinity group), Sheppard Mullin
“I really appreciated Dru’s thoughtfulness and diligence with addressing the difficult but necessary conversation topics surrounding LGBTQ+ identity. Dru’s presentation was both engaging and informative, providing our firm with the necessary tools to be better advocates for the LGBTQ community. It was a joy to work with him for our Pride month programming and I greatly welcome and look forward to the opportunity to collaborate in the future!”
Tiffany Chang, Counsel, Crowell & Moring, LLP
“Dru was invited to our firm to present two sessions on various LGBTQ+ topics for the firm’s attorneys and staff. I had the pleasure of being on a panel with Dru for one of those sessions, and working with Dru was wonderful! His candid delivery of a truly captivating and educational presentation provided a great foundation for further discussion and some of the necessary tools to better support our LGBTQ+ colleagues and community.”
Meredith Parnell, Associate, Crowell & Moring, LLP
“I really enjoyed working with Dru, and felt that he had great insights and navigated difficult topics in a professional manner that also didn’t demean the topic. Too often, issues of race and intersectionality are pushed aside or talked about in broad strokes that don’t get to the heart or intricacies of the issues. I felt that Dru was able to address these themes in a way that was relatable to all people, without marginalizing any identities. He was able to educate, advocate, and relate in a way that was refreshing and entertaining. I would love to see him at future events.”
Chris Pinto, Associate, Crowell & Moring, LLP
“Dru delivered a rich, memorable program on the current state of LGBTQ legal issues that was exactly what we needed. He explained the relevant concepts clearly, without assuming prior knowledge. He shared his own journey authentically, which put everyone at ease, and as a result, we had a constant stream of questions that were coming in through the chat during his presentation. The level of engagement that Dru generated, as well as the feedback we received about the program, were solid indicators of the impact that it had on our community. I would highly recommend Dru to supercharge your existing diversity and inclusion efforts.”
Mira Dewji, Assistant Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Mayer Brown
“Dru and I spent a few weeks putting together and planning training for all attorneys and staff, and a separate training for firm leaders and managers. He was easy to talk to and flexible, despite the fact that we shifted gears and changed up the structure midway through planning. When we put together the final product, I was blown away by the ease at which Dru discussed such important and heavy issues. And despite the issues being so heavy that we were discussing, including the suicide rates, intersectionality and the impacts on transgender women of color, Dru was able to make the material accessible to help people understand why it is so important that we keep an inclusive culture where everyone has the right to bring their whole selves to work.”
Patricia Eichar, Partner, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
“Dru’s presentation was as thorough as it was incisive. While the issues here are incredibly complex and worthy of decades-long study, he managed to distill the concepts into digestible components that have made me a better ally to the LGBTQ+ community. I am grateful to have been his student.”
Andrea Agathoklis Murino, Partner, Goodwin Procter LLP
“Dru is a powerful and compelling speaker. He spoke at our firm on two different occasions and each presentation was distinctive, informative, warm and showcased his wealth of knowledge on transgender and nonbinary inclusion for legal professionals. Dru led each event with an authentic voice and has a talent for engaging and putting people at ease.”
Leslie Richards-Yellen, Director of Inclusion – Americas, Hogan Lovells US LLP
“Dru’s authenticity, enthusiasm, and empathy are contagious. Over 200 Kilpatrick Townsend attendees were there to not only hear his unique insight but also learn about practical tools to use going forward. It is very important to understand the issues that the LGBTQ+ community faces so we can, as a society, help make a difference in creating a more supportive, inclusive environment. I am proud to be a part of a firm that understands that hearing a voice like Dru’s is important.”
Mike Rafter: Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
“When you need a wide-ranging, broad based, interactive tour de force combining legal instruction with sociocultural sensitization, you need Dru Levasseur. I recently had the privilege of hosting Mr. Levasseur for a lecture on discrimination in health care in my law school class on Bioethics and the Law. The students were so enthralled that they voluntarily extended our class by an additional hour so we could have more time with him. Dru breaks down concepts into easily digestible pieces and challenges students to examine and confront both conscious and unconscious biases. A stellar presentation I’ll be asking for year after year. Run, don’t walk to your keyboard and book Lavender Law 365™ TODAY. You won’t regret a thing.”
Prof. Christopher Czerwonka: Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
“We invited Dru to our agency to present on critical issues dealing with LGBT inclusion and cultural competency. Dru engaged our dynamic staff from various backgrounds and captured our attention with his passionate and thorough presentation. The best part of Dru’s presentation was that it was heart-felt, genuine and extremely informative without the feel of being lectured at. Thanks to Dru, Breaking Ground has strengthened its commitment towards educating staff and keeping employees abreast of this particular and developing field of social justice. Lavender Law 365™ enabled Breaking Ground to start a much needed dialogue on how we can provide better support to the LGBT community and become better allies.”
Shulamis Lieber, LCSW: Program Director, Breaking Ground
“A huge thank you to Dru Levasseur and the National LGBT Bar for presenting to our law school on gender identity… Dru and the National LGBT Bar have continued to be a valuable resource and partner in our DEI efforts.”
Deb Edwards: Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Seton Hall Law School
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