Diversity & Flexibility Alliance to Honor Akin Gump with Impact Award

(Washington, D.C.) – Akin Gump is pleased to announce it has been named a 2020 Flex Impact Award Honoree by the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance. The Flex Impact Awards recognize initiatives that demonstrate “a significant impact on the culture of workplace flexibility.”

Akin Gump was selected for its “comprehensive flexible working initiative that is supported by an exceptionally strong and effective infrastructure.” The firm’s program includes a high level of accountability, technology, tracking, training, communication and support for employees. (Click here to learn more.)

In naming the firm as a 2020 Impact Award Honoree, the Alliance noted that, prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Akin Gump had already hired additional technology support staff and upgraded technology capabilities and equipment to better serve those working remotely and traveling. The Alliance also noted that flexibility is a permanent variable in the firm’s evaluation process, and firm leaders routinely track flex usage and productivity.

“At Akin Gump, we have long understood that being an inclusive firm means believing that we can provide seamless and exceptional service to our clients while respecting the need for flexibility in how our work is done,” said Akin Gump chairperson Kim Koopersmith. “We have never been more appreciative of our longstanding commitment to flexibility and support for agile working arrangements than in these challenging times.”

Ms. Koopersmith continued, “We long ago made sure that our employees were well-supported and had access to all of the tools needed to be productive both in and out of the office. That has been a huge advantage and one that has served us well. Not only has it proved successful in meeting our clients’ needs, but our most valuable contributors—our people—have felt the support of a firm that truly cares. We are absolutely thrilled to be a recipient of the Flex Impact Award, and will use it to help sustain and further the culture of flexibility and inclusiveness that we’ve worked hard to instill throughout the firm.”

Ms. Koopersmith is a past recipient of the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance’s Flex Leader Award, given to an executive “who is moving his or her organization toward a more inclusive workplace through holistic flexibility.”

This year’s Flex Impact Award will be presented at the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance’s virtual annual conference on November 5. (Click here to learn more.)

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading international law firm with more than 900 lawyers and advisors in offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Founded in 1945, the firm is proudly celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2020. #AkinGump75

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