On October 14, Venable hosted a meeting of the Bay Area Council's Gender Equity and Diversity Committee meeting at our San Francisco office. The Committee brought together chief diversity officers from across the region for a peer-to-peer discussion on equality initiatives and to collectively scale results. Nora Garrote, a Venable Partner and a chair of the firm's Diversity and Inclusion Committee, delivered the opening remarks. The event was an open forum for chief diversity officers to consider such issues as the progression of diverse employees into leadership positions, and the role of management in advancing or hindering workplace diversity efforts. Venable is a proud supporter of the Bay Area Council and has previously hosted a variety of legislative and policy discussions for its members.