In honor of Black History Month and as part of its efforts to continue driving racial equity forward, Foley Hoag LLP, an internationally recognized law firm with offices in Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., Denver and Paris, held the inaugural Black Attorneys Collective (BLAC) Summit, featuring a keynote address from award-winning author, advocate, thought leader and strategist Glenn Singleton.
The summit, a first-of-its-kind event for Foley Hoag led by BLAC, the firm’s affinity group for Black identifying attorneys, was aimed at increasing connection as well as raising awareness around sensitive diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) topics at the law firm and across the legal industry. It provided a unique opportunity for Black attorneys to gather in-person, build community and engage in pointed, necessary conversations about race, privilege and social justice specifically relating to the legal industry and personal experiences in legal careers.
“Diversity, equity and inclusion remain fundamental to our success as a global law firm, giving us a wealth of different perspectives from which to address our clients’ most pressing issues across a wide spectrum of industries, geographies and cultures,” said Rosa Nuñez, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer at Foley Hoag. “We’re striving to create an environment where each member of the Foley Hoag community feels a sense of belonging and support, and to do so we need to be willing to engage in difficult and honest conversations about how we as a firm – and, as an industry – can do more for Black lawyers and business services professionals.”
As part of the Summit, award-winning author and advocate Glenn Singleton delivered a closed-door session for all summit participants as well as an open keynote address to Foley Hoag personnel, firm alumni, clients and law students. Singleton is the creator of Courageous Conversation®, a protocol and framework for sustained, deepened dialogue facilitating transformative racial equity. Singleton’s agency advises top leaders in business, education and government, among other fields. Foley Hoag was proud to welcome him to its Boston office as part of the firm’s commitment to being a leader in inclusive conversations in the workplace.
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