To realize the true power of a diverse and inclusive workforce, an organization must encourage an environment where all professionals feel supported and have a sense of belonging. With this as our goal, Venable has adopted a multipronged approach to recruit, retain, and promote diverse talent. Through these efforts, we have realized a 50% increase in the number of racially diverse attorneys among our ranks and doubled the number of partners and counsel who are women in just the past decade. In 2020, Venable created the position of partner-in-charge of Diversity and Inclusion, building on the firm’s board-level Diversity and Inclusion Initiative, which was established by our chairman, Stu Ingis, in 2017.
While we are proud of our progress to date, the ongoing struggle for racial, social, and gender equity underscores the urgent need to do even better. And so, we are redoubling our resolve to nurture a truly inclusive environment, through continuously seeking out highly skilled lawyers, paraprofessionals, and support staff from a wide range of racial, ethnic, cultural, and social backgrounds, and developing and implementing programs, outreach, and mentoring opportunities that promote their personal and professional growth.