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Reed Smith's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit: Where do we go from here? Taking the next steps in DE&I

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Start Date/Time:

30 September 2021, 11:00 AM ET

End Date/Time:

30 September 2021, 3:30 PM ET

Event Materials:

View the full program agenda and breakout sessions below.

Welcome and opening remarks

11:00 AM- 11:30 AM

Keynote presentation by Dr. Eddie Glaude Jr. 

11:30 AM- 12:30 AM

Diversity Champion Award presentation

12:30 AM- 12:45 AM


12:45 AM- 1:00 PM

Breakout sessions

1:00 PM- 2:00 PM

Networking break

2:00 PM- 2:15 PM

Breakout sessions

2:15 PM- 3:15 PM

Closing remarks

3:15 PM- 3:15 PM

In 2020, the public’s attention focused on racial inequality, social justice, and representation issues with an unprecedented urgency, giving visibility and momentum to social movements that had struggled to gain traction for years. As a result, organizations were compelled to examine their diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) policies and programs quickly, and in ways they hadn’t done before. 

Reed Smith's fifth annual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit will examine how 2020 accelerated the call for DE&I in the workplace and what organizations should be doing now to move toward a more inclusive and equitable legal profession going forward. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Eddie S. Glaude Jr., New York Times best-selling author and chair of Princeton’s Department of African American Studies. As an intellectual who speaks to the complex dynamics of the American experience, Dr. Glaude challenges organizations to go beyond just stating their DE&I vision to authentically living its values. Viewing DE&I through an ethical and highly pragmatic lens, Dr. Glaude urges organizations to set bold goals and shift their approaches to create an environment that truly leverages talent and maximizes it at all levels – from junior employees to the C-suite. 

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Eddie S. Glaude Jr. New York Times best-selling author and chair of Princeton University's Department of African American Studies