United States: Diversity Committee-Sponsored Events
Last Updated: February 1 2016

The Diversity Committee continues to focus on initiatives and programs that foster awareness and an environment of inclusion. Some of the firm's recent programs are noted below.

  • On July 20th, the Diversity Committee hosted a discussion with Megan Smolenyak, author of "Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing." Ms. Smolenyak, a noted "history detective," has been featured on Good Morning America, the Today Show, The Early Show, CNN, PBS and NPR. Ms. Smolenyak shared her stories of tracing immigrants through Ellis Island and how familial roots can be traced. Formerly Chief Family Historian for Ancestry.com, she also founded Unclaimed Persons, a volunteer group that assists medical examiners.
  • The Diversity Committee hosted a discussion with Dr. Sheen Levine on September 21st. Dr. Levine shared his research, as explained in his article Ethnic Diversity Deflates Price Bubbles, and provided insights on the benefits of a diverse working group. Trained at Wharton, Dr. Levine studies how people behave and how they impact other people, organizations and markets. His research has been conducted in collaboration with entrepreneurs as well as members of Bain and Company, Blackrock, Deloitte, and KPMG. The findings have been cited by scholars in business, sociology, psychology, economics, law and computer science. In 2015, New York City changed how it selects managers for its $160 billion pension funds, citing research by Dr. Levine and associates.
  • As part of the Firm's commitment to educate our lawyers and staff on the importance of respecting inclusion and diversity, Kramer Levin hosted diversity training sessions on October 30th. The sessions were led by Jerry Kang, Professor of Law and UCLA's inaugural Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Professor Kang's discussion, titled, "Thinking Differently: Understanding Implicit Bias," explored the topic of unconscious biases, which are attitudes and stereotypes that we are unaware of but that still affect our behavior.

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