Washington — Jan. 23
The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) will kick off its newest initiative, the MCCA Academy for Leadership and Inclusion, at a reception on Jan. 30 in the Innovation Center at the Washington, D.C., offices of Microsoft Corp.
MCCA’s Academy for Leadership and Inclusion is an interactive training program designed to show leaders of legal departments and law firms how to define, create and sustain a diverse and inclusive work place.
At this reception, MCCA will outline the various aspects of this new program. Any interested corporate counsel or law firm attorneys can learn more about MCCA’s Academy and may RSVP for the kick-off reception by going to www.mcca.com/academy.
“Effectively managing human capital is the greatest challenge of most organizations,” said Joseph K. West, MCCA’s President and CEO. “With our new Academy for Leadership and Inclusion, MCCA is excited to offer this substantive training that will enable our law department members and law firms that participate in our Firm Affiliate Network (FAN) to support, nurture and maximize the talents of their entire workforce.”
The training will consist of a four-hour educational program facilitated by Kathleen Nalty, executive director of the Center for Legal Inclusiveness (CLI).
“CLI is proud to partner with MCCA on this effort to advance inclusiveness in the legal profession,” Nalty said. “This is a tremendous opportunity for MCCA and CLI to provide valuable and much-needed training to those in the legal profession who are interested in reversing abysmal attrition rates for diverse and female attorneys.”
Participants in MCCA’s Academy will learn concrete principles they can implement in their workplaces, such as:
• How to launch an inclusiveness initiative
• The differences between diversity and inclusiveness
• How to find hidden barriers in the organization that needlessly limit the career paths of diverse and female attorneys, and cause higher attrition among these groups
• Types of organizational, structural and cultural changes legal organizations can make to eliminate barriers
• How to make the case for diversity and inclusiveness
This new training program is being offered as an exclusive benefit for MCCA’s corporate members and law firm attorneys that are MCCA FANs.
During 2012, the training will be offered in 10 cities across the country: Houston in February; Chicago in March; Miami in April; Los Angeles in May; and Washington, D.C., in June.