Yesterday, I spent the entire day with Walmart Legal as part of their yearly Diversity and Inclusion Round Table. One of our board members and Vice Chairs, Carla Fields Johnson joined me. We were there along with representatives from CMCP, NNABA and NAWL (all great organizations) talking about diversity and inclusion in the legal field and what Walmart and we can all do to achieve our collective goals in this critical space. Walmart Legal, including its General Counsel Karen Roberts, dedicated an entire day to presentations and more importantly, open and honest dialogue regarding what’s working and what we can do better. So many companies talk a good game with respect to diversity and inclusion in the legal field. Walmart backs up its words with actions that benefit minorities and women at big firms and MBE/WBE owned firms. And, they want to do more and raise the bar higher.
I commend Walmart Legal not only for what they have accomplished, but for what they want to do in the future and suggest that others emulate what Walmart is doing. As lawyers, we need to be leaders and not followers and if each and everyone of us took steps to enhance diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, we would truly effectuate positive change. It takes time, passion, courage, commitment, a formal program, metrics, accountability and rewards for successful implementation. It also takes top down, bottoms up and everything in between support of the in-house lawyers. This is the only way it can truly be successful.
Thank you Walmart for everything you are doing. We truly appreciate it.