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Getting Your Diversity and Inclusion Program Off The Ground: Bringing HR and Legal Teams Together

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 58 minutes
Recorded Date: October 29, 2020
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  • Defining Diversity, Equity, and Inclusions
  • Why is DEI important?
  • DEI Landscape
  • Challenges and Barriers
  • Overcoming Barriers
  • Conclusion on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: October 29, 2020


Many organizations want to create diverse and inclusive workplaces but don't know where to start or what steps are permissible under the law. SixFifty, the technology arm of the law firm Wilson Sonsini, assembled a panel of lawyers and diversity leaders to discuss how they have helped companies get their diversity and inclusion programs off the ground while staying legally compliant.

This program was recorded as part of Corporate Counsel's Women, Influence, and Power in Law Virtual Conference held on October 29th, 2020.

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Michelle Suzuki

Senior Vice President, Marketing

As the SVP of Marketing for Instructure, Michelle Suzuki leads strategy and builds high-performance teams responsible for digital experience, demand generation, content marketing, communications, customer marketing, branding/creative, and events. With 25 years of experience elevating brand engagement and driving revenue, she’s led worldwide marketing initiatives at several global technology companies, including EMC, Ancestry, Novell, and Landesk.

Recognized in the Top 15 Influential Women in B2B Marketing 2020, Michelle serves on the Utah Advisory Committee for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and holds a B.A. in Communications from Brigham Young University.

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Neelam Chand

Shift SLC

Neelam Chand is the CEO and founder of Shift SLC, a diversity and inclusion consulting firm located in Salt Lake City, Utah. With over a decade of D&I experience, Chand has worked with different industries ranging from higher education to financial services and tech startups to break down systemic barriers and to design a more equitable work environment. When it comes to inclusion wor, her philosophy is to "keep it real" and skip the etiquette of making people feel comfortable. She believes that a bit of discomfort is needed to begin the process of empathy and inspire positive change.

Chand has published thought leadership materials on various platforms, including Medium, Utah Business Magazine, and Silicon Slopes, for her expertise around racial bias, intersectionality, tokenism, microaggressions, and women of color in the workplace. Before establishing her firm, Chand served as SVP, Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Zions Bank. Chand currently serves on various social justice boards and commissions throughout the state of Utah, including; Utah Governor's Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Commission, Utah Polynesian Professionals, and the Utah Covid-19 Multicultural Task Force.

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Allison Blixt

Director of Professional Development, Diversity, and Inclusion
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Allison Blixt is the Director of Professional Development, Diversity, and Inclusion at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Allison has extensive experience in organizational learning and D&I strategy, focusing on initiatives and development opportunities for individuals and teams. A dual US-UK Citizen, Allison was a corporate lawyer in New York and London before moving into professional development.

Allison Blixt is a qualified MBTI® Step II, Thomas DISC, Thomas High Potential Trait Indicator (HPTI leadership tool) and PRINCE2 practitioner; has Belbin and Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI) accreditation; is a Legal Project Practitioner (IILPM), and has completed the Mental Health First Aid England course.

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Marie Kulbeth

Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel

Marie Kulbeth is the COO and General Counsel of SixFifty, the software subsidiary of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Earlier this month, SixFifty released a product that Marie and her team built that helps companies build and assess their DEI programs. She has also helped develop their privacy and pro bono offerings, including HelloLandlord, a free tool that helps tenants avoid evictions.

Marie is the co-director of LawX, the legal design lab at BYU Law School. The goal of LawX is to design solutions that help close the access to justice gap. Before SixFifty and LawX, Marie served as an assistant dean at BYU Law School, where she founded their legal storytelling project and built a diversity recruiting program.

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