GOOD Guys is a program designed to break the impasse in women’s advancement by engaging people who have been missing from the conversation for too long – the GUYS!  It is a model program designed for replication by member organizations. Acting in unison, we can make a bigger impact.

To listen to GOOD Guys 101 with Sheryl Axelrod, recorded December 1, 2017, click here. The program is one hour in length.

GOOD Guys has grown from the initial event held at NCWBA’s Mid-Year Meeting in San Diego in February 2016 — led by Teresa Beck and Misty Blair, with committee members Celia Collins, Pat Sturdevant, Amanda Green Alexander, and Katherine Brown — to a separate committee dedicated to rolling out the program at events across the country. We invite you to tell us about your own ideas for GOOD Guys events.

2017 Miami GOOD Guys Networking Breakfast

                                          2017 Miami GOOD Guys Networking Breakfast

Putting on a GOOD Guys event, women and diverse professionals invite GOOD Guys to get involved in women’s organizations and issues. Event components are based on studies showing the best ways to engage men, including:

  • Give GOOD Guys an award Each male invitee is  given a ribbon identifying him as a GOOD Guy, and all GOOD Guys present are honored.
  • Highlight men whom other men want to know and emulate – GOOD Guys includes a panel presentation with local, prominent GOOD Guys (and a GOOD gal or two) who discuss their efforts to advance women and diverse lawyers.
  • Show GOOD Guys diversity and inclusion is where the money is – GOOD Guys includes a presentation about the eye-popping value of diversifying firms and companies at the highest levels of management and ownership.
  • Provide implicit bias training in a straightforward and non-judgmental environment –  GOOD Guys includes a presentation about bias disrupters, with practical information about what can be done right now to disrupt bias.
  • Tell GOOD Guys what they can do to contribute –  Our Monday Morning To Do List walks GOOD Guys through a candid assessment of where they stand in terms of true diversity, and provides a list of specific things they can do instantly.
These are the basics of the GOOD Guys program.  Click below to find a free virtual toolkit to plan your own GOOD Guys event, with fillable pdf invitation and programs, video clips for use in lieu of live presenters, and all of the other necessary materials.

The GOOD Guys Toolkit

Use this toolkit to help develop similar events in your practice or region. Click the links below to download these documents. 


Programming Guide

Panel Questions


Fillable Forms

Sample Forms

Monday Morning To-Do List

Electronic Materials

Electronic Swag Bag

GOOD Guys Toolkit Policies



The GOOD Guys Successes

On June 7, 2016, The National Diversity Council (NDC) held its first-ever GOOD Guys program as part of the organization’s Southern California Diversity and Leadership Conference in Long Beach. One of the GOOD Guys’ program’s inaugural GOOD Guys, Bill Sailer, Senior Vice President, Legal Counsel at Qualcomm Incorporated, was the keynote speaker for the daylong conference. The GOOD Guys panel program was moderated by Pamela Washington, General Counsel for Crystal Stairs, Inc., and two GOOD Guys, Mark Vonderhaar and Tim Williams, both of whom were present at NCWBA’s inaugural GOOD Guys program in San Diego.  Mark Vonderhaar, managing partner of the law firm of Haight, Brown & Bonesteel, and Tim Williams of the law firm, of Pope, Berger & Williams, provided information to the group about how each has taken steps to advance diverse attorneys, and what is working for them, as well as what is not working.  Both gentlemen also discussed why they care deeply about diversity issues.  Men who attended were honored with GOOD Guys ribbons identifying them as GOOD Guys.

A video clip from a presentation by Joan Williams of University of California Hastings College of the Law at the inaugural GOOD Guys program was played, in which Professor Williams described bias interrupters, as well as a clip from diversity activist Sheryl Axelrod’s presentation about the financial benefits of diversity at the top of corporations and law firms.  The NDC was responsible for creating the GOOD Guys logo and is planning additional GOOD Guys programs at  national and local levels.

Click here to listen to a radio interview about the GOOD Guys concept and the initial GOOD Guys event.

For a summary of the initial GOOD Guys program, including video clips, click here.


GOOD Guys Logo provided by the National Diversity Council.