Organizations and businesses of all sizes are currently evaluating the diversity of their leadership (or lack thereof). As a result, some are committing to creating more opportunities for diversity and inclusion at a time when equality is top of mind for a lot of people. For example, on June 5, Reddit Co-Founder, Alexis Ohanian stepped down from Reddit’s board of directors and urged the board to replace him with a Black candidate. On June 10, Reddit named Michael Seibel, the CEO of a Silicon Valley startup accelerator, as the first Black board member in the company’s history. And, an initiative titled “Pull Up for Change” has urged beauty brands to reveal the number of Black employees at their respective companies (#pulluporshutup).
Inevitably, people will be looking at companies to see how they respond. Will companies increase diversity at the board level and/or other leadership positions? Will they commit to more diversity and inclusion overall? Can they? What are the legal implications of a targeted diversity effort? This webinar will seek to address the benefit of diverse boards, the case law regarding targeted diversity, forecast the possible impact on employment litigation, and provide general recommendations for businesses and organizations.