Lisa Tavares was recognized by Profiles in Diversity Journal among its 2019 Women Worth Watching. This award celebrates the achievements of women who have led new business units, created new markets, launched new ventures, and helped develop the next generation of women leaders. Here is an excerpt from a profile article that was published in the magazine:
I serve as co-head of Venable's Diversity and Inclusion Initiative, and as chair of the Venable Success Network (VSN), the firm's African American affinity group. Through my work with VSN, I have made it my personal goal to cultivate and retain African American talent. To this end, we have conducted in-depth training to help minority associates develop the personal and professional skills necessary for their elevation to partner. The Initiative is focused on creating firm-wide strategy for minorities, LGBTQ, and women.
Recently, the Initiative brought in a consultant to conduct implicit-bias and inclusion training for all firm leaders, as well as for lawyers who work on firm committees related to hiring and retention. I think that the Initiative's work will really move Venable to the next level on diversity and inclusion efforts.