On Fridays Vision 2020 features news about its National and Visionary Delegates. This week the blog introduces readers to Visionary Delegate Roberta Liebenberg. She is a senior partner at Fine, Kaplan & Black in Philadelphia. Liebenberg is also chairwoman of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women.
She was quoted in a Chicago Tribune article about the rewards of workplace diversity. The article notes that while some organizations have been quick to embrace workplace equality, others have been slower to adopt to change. Law firms have some catching up to do. Liebenberg notes in the article that while women are graduating from law school at equal rates as men, only 16 percent of women are equity partners in law firms, about the same as 20 years ago. She went on to point out that a mere 1.4 percent of female attorneys of color are equity partners, compared with 4 percent of male minority attorneys who are partners.
Giving everyone an opportunity to share their views and opinions can result in the conception of innovative ideas and can give organizations a leg up on the competition. How can organizations be convinced to embrace diversity and value every employee’s input? Share your thoughts in the comments below.