Michele Meyer-Shipp Featured in Inclusion Magazine Profile

Michele Meyer-Shipp, chief diversity and inclusion officer at Akin Gump, has been featured in a Q&A column in Inclusion magazine’s Winter 2018 issue. Meyer-Shipp, who joined Akin Gump in October (learn more about her arrival here), discussed a wide range of topics, including the following:

  • The importance of organizations being at the vanguard leading the push for inclusion: “It is more important than ever that U.S. corporations be bold and clear in their commitment to diversity and inclusion. We need their voices to stand strong and firm on the importance of D&I in our communities and our workforce.”
  • How an organization best cultivates a diverse talent pipeline: “At all times, specific and deliberate strategies must be employed to drive both external diverse talent sourcing and internal diverse talent development, retention, and promotion.”
  • Recent thought-leader topics related to inclusion that organizations are learning about and implementing: “Unconscious bias awareness, conscious inclusion practices, global cultural competence, and navigating racial/religious/LGBT issues during troubling social times in the U.S.”
  • The biggest issues and challenges for corporate diversity and inclusion leaders: “The biggest challenge for D&I leaders has been, and continues to be, navigating through tough social times in the U.S., where racial tensions and religious tensions, among other things, are at an all-time high. Managing through these issues requires a high level of self-awareness, thoughtfulness, and discretion like no other D&I challenge.”

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