Diversity is a significant workplace issue, including the legal industry where 88 percent of lawyers are white and men hold nearly 80 percent of general counsel positions.
A diverse workforce helps attract talent of all types and brings differing perspectives to problem solving. Florida-based Bryant Miller Olive recognizes the value of diversity. Of its 35 lawyers, five are minorities and 10 are women.
Tips for improving diversity:
1. Be mindful when recruiting. Try to reach all communities with postings.
2. Create a pipeline with employee referrals and community networking.
3. Ensure your firm has diverse, high-profile role models.
– Grace Dunlap, Bryant Miller Olive