On Friday, February 3 we met from 11:45 to 1:15 at the Hilton Miami Downtown, Tenor Room (Ballroom level), 1601 Biscayne Blvd., with the ABA Young Lawyers Division for lunch, a panel presentation and discussion entitled Cross-Generational Collaboration to Conquer Implicit Bias. The program was moderated by Kathleen Nalty, a nationally-recognized authority on implicit bias and author of Going ‘All-In’ on Diversity and Inclusion: The Law Firm Leader’s Playbook. She was joined by Ann Jenrette-Thomas, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Stinson Leonard Street, and Robin Wolpert, Minnesota State Bar Association President.
After lunch, we joined with the National Conference of Bar Presidents and the ABA Young Lawyers Division in a Diversity Forum, from 2:40 – 3:40 pm at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Monroe/Tuttle, Terrace Level. Ray Abadin, past president of the Florida Bar spoke on the subject of implicit gender bias: what is it? Why does it matter? What can be done to approach this very real dynamic in a way that unifies rather than divides?
Also on Friday, February 3, from 2:00 to 4:00, at the JW Marriott Marquis, 5th Floor, Plaza A, the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession introduced its latest book: Grit, The Secret to Advancement: Stories of Successful Women Lawyers, containing new research on grit and growth mindset and 45 letters from women lawyers who used the principles in a variety of legal work environments. In this program grit and growth mindset researcher and author, Milana Hogan, presented research findings and moderated a panel of women attorneys who shared advice and insights about the advancement of their legal careers.