From the start, we have believed that diverse viewpoints DRIVE innovation and produce smarter ideas for our clients. Diversity is more than a core value: DIVERSITY IS IN OUR DNA. In 1967, our founders, faced with religious discrimination, established a new kind of law firm where everyone was welcomed.
Greenberg Traurig did not stop there. We went on to break barriers, impact change, and become a leader in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) in the legal profession.
With current events bringing systemic racism and inequity to the forefront of social consciousness, GT recognizes this shift as an opportunity to accelerate our efforts to actualize meaningful change.
Our DE&I roadmap is comprehensive, strategic, and proactive. We continuously strive to reach short-term actionable goals that drive long-term change. We know more needs to happen...
GT never rests on its laurels but turns words into actions and ideas into solutions. Ever agile and able to adapt to a changing world, our DE&I commitment remains constant. We harness this commitment as a competitive advantage, forging a new and better way forward for ourselves, our clients, the profession, and the world.
GT is reimagining what a Biglaw firm can be. Because a more just world happens only by design.
GT is Diverse by Design.
We have put substantive measures in place by intention to ensure that DE&I drive GT at both the organizational and individual level.
Committed and diverse firm leadership establish effective programs and resources:
Focus on awareness and training
Incentivize individual participation with collaboration, billable hours
Committed individuals contribute ideas, time, and talent
Actualize meaningful change
Achieve measurable results and recognition
BROADENING AND FOSTERING A DIVERSE TALENT PIPELINE
GT’s value on excellence and its commitment to diversity result in access to the greatest pool of top talent. GT strives to empower every associate who joins the firm to reach their highest potential; to become a shareholder and beyond.
Global training, mentoring, and sponsorship to develop the next generation of team members and foster diversity in the profession generally
Associate Development Program
GT Diverse Law Student Recruiting Pilot Initiative
The firm supports the inclusion and advancement of women attorneys at GT and in the legal profession. Programs focus on attracting and retaining talented women attorneys and supporting business development. They include:
GT is committed to engaging with businesses in the communities in which we live and work who share our values of achieving a more inclusive and equitable world.
We offer certified minorities, women, and LGBTQ+, among others, the opportunity to compete in our sourcing and procurement process.
GT takes its leadership position seriously. Therefore, in July 2021, GT achieved Mansfield Rule 4.0 Certification Plus. As part of The Diversity Lab’s Mansfield Rule Certification Program in the United States, the firm has once again proven our unwavering dedication to being and doing better.
Mansfield Rule Certification indicates that a law firm considers, at minimum, 30% women, attorneys of color, LGBTQ+ lawyers, and those with disabilities for leadership and governance roles, equity partner promotions, and formal client pitch opportunities. GT accomplished Mansfield Rule 3.0 Certification in July 2020; however, complacency has never been our speed.
GT has gone beyond the requirements of the original Mansfield program of considering 30% diverse talent. During the certification period of July 2020-July 2021, the firm demonstrated that it hired, promoted, and engaged that level of diverse legal talent in our efforts and client teams. We are extremely proud of this achievement and believe it to be one of the most important recognitions we have received in our continuous journey to move the needle forward.
Greenberg Traurig is committed to engaging with businesses in the communities in which we live and work. We continuously look for ways to demonstrate our values of inclusion, equity, and diversity, and our Supplier Diversity Program is one of our initiatives that advances this commitment. We believe that achieving high performance as a firm requires the best people and an inclusive culture, rich in diversity that capitalizes on the unique skills and contributions of these diverse groups. The goal of the Supplier Diversity Program at Greenberg Traurig is to offer certified minority, women, LGBT, veteran and service-disabled veteran owned businesses an opportunity to compete in our strategic sourcing and procurement process. We are committed to long-term program sustainability through application of forward-thinking concepts beyond price and to identifying new potential sources for products and services. The firm is also committed to procurement decisions that will help promote protection and preservation of the health and vitality of the environment within which the firm operates.
For a copy of our Supplier Diversity Program, or for more information, please email email@example.com.
One Firm’s Approach to Helping Women Attorneys Succeed
Greenberg Traurig is an empowering and diverse firm where individuals are respected and have the opportunity to contribute, develop leadership skills, and grow their business. The Greenberg Traurig Women’s Initiative (GTWI) reflects these principles and supports the inclusion and advancement of women at Greenberg Traurig and in the legal profession through unique programming and resources to benefit the firm’s attorneys, their clients, and future lawyers.
From its inception, Greenberg Traurig has been dedicated to the advancement of women attorneys. GTWI has been successful in fostering the success of women attorneys, strengthening the firm’s culture, contributing to the firm’s financial health, and better serving firm clients.
Liaisons serve from every office around the globe and help make GTWI relevant to the attorneys and clients of their specific office or market. GTWI’s Advisory Group, comprised of senior men and women attorneys, plays a critical role in providing support at every level of the firm.
To see a sample of the awards and accolades that demonstrate this commitment to empowerment, click here.
Attracting and Retaining Talented Women
GTWI supports the recruitment, retention, and promotion of women attorneys at the firm. Many of the firm’s women attorneys are also recognized in their individual areas of experience. Exemplifying its commitment through GTWI, the firm takes thoughtful action to address such issues important to our attorneys and community. Recent Greenberg Traurig programs, available to both men and women attorneys include:
“Making the Most of the Holiday Season” with Alycia Sutor from GrowthPlay
“General Counsel Driving the Diversity & Collaboration Agenda” an interactive discussion between general counsel and Greenberg Traurig leaders led by Deborah Epstein Henry
“Implicit Gender Bias: It’s Not What You Think (It’s How You Think),” led by Arin Reeves, J.D., Ph.D., and President of Nextions, following prior Implicit Bias Training led by renowned Harvard Professor Dr. Mahzarin Banaji
“The Game Changing Factor Negotiation Skills to Advance Your Work and Life”
“Difficult Interactions: Clients, Colleagues, and the Challenges We All Face”
“Generational Differences in the Workplace and Your Practice”
“Gender Matters: Tools for Effective Communications with the Opposite Sex”
Supporting Business Development for Women Attorneys
Greenberg Traurig actively supports women attorneys throughout their careers by providing the tools they need to successfully develop new business. GTWI sponsors G2G, a business development coaching program that invests in and supports the firm’s high-potential women shareholders as they continue to grow into strong business developers, collaborators, and leaders. The G2G program is coordinated by the firm’s professional development and marketing professionals and is facilitated by an external coaching partner, GrowthPlay, a professional services business development coaching firm. Through remote workshops, personal plans, sponsors, mentorship, and one-on-one outside coaching, participants spend six-months developing their business development skills and strategy, as well as building a foundation to foster connections amongst themselves that will support cross-selling and collaboration. The program has run three times to date, each spanning a duration of six months.
In addition to G2G, the firm offers a number of programs and training opportunities to support business development. A selection of recent programs includes:
“Building Business Remotely” a firm-wide virtual program sponsored by GTWI
“From Relationships to Revenue Workshop” led by Alycia Sutor from Growth Play. The workshop focused on turning relationships into clients by enhancing the client experience.
“Lady Leaders – Young Women’s Leadership Panel”, a millennial outreach panel co-hosted by Lady Leaders, LLC and the Arizona Foundation for Women. The panel featured successful women leaders, including Greenberg Traurig shareholder Caroline Pricher, as they shared their successes, challenges, and advice for the next generation.
Ongoing “Road to Rainmaking” training.
Multiple events in Greenberg Traurig’s Boston office co-hosted with Ellevate. Prominent speakers have included Linda Rossetti, who spoke on the transitions women face throughout their career and personal lives, as well as Malli Gero, the co-founder of 2020 Women on Boards, who spoke about national campaigns to increase women on U.S. corporate boards.
Greenberg Traurig Denver’s Women's Leadership Initiative: Touch the Sky! - Greenberg Traurig welcomed Jean Galloway, chief executive officer of Galloway Group, to moderate a panel of top Denver executives.
Women’s Business Forum
The firm’s annual Women’s Business Forum, an educational summit and networking event, provides an opportunity for highly successful women business leaders to develop, maintain, and expand their career and business development networks. Started in 2007 and held at a different host city each year, the Forum is recognized as a setting for professional women to share ideas, develop skills, as well as meet mentors and business contacts.
The 2022 Anniversary Women’s Business Forum in Denver, Colorado, included remarks from the following speakers:
Cristin C. Bracken, Chief Legal Officer/Senior Vice President, Gates
Shelby Noble, Managing Director, Special District Group Piper Sandler
Robin Wise, President/CEO, Junior Achievement – Rocky Mountain, Inc.
Janelle Anderson, CEO, Fresh Vine Wine
Meghan Marsden, Co-Founder, Veil Intimates
Erica Reid, Founder, nécessité
Megan Bushell, CEO, Defy
Laura Luzietti, MD, Pediatrician & Executive Director, Every Child Pediatrics
Fraser Nelson, Co-Founder and Managing Director, National Trust for Local News
Tamra Ryan, CEO, Women’s Bean Project
Previous keynote speakers and host cities include:
Jenny Champlin, President, National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) and Anastasia Soare, Founder/CEO, Anastasia Beverly Hills (Denver)
Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and Kate Parker, photographer and author of Strong is the New Pretty and Heart of a Boy (Phoenix)
Brad Johnson and David Smith, former United States Naval Academy professors and authors of Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women (Houston)
Jennifer Hyman, CEO and Co-Founder, Rent the Runway (New York)
Tina Tchen, Assistant to President Barack Obama and Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, and Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls; Melody Barnes, CEO of MBSquared Solutions; and numerous elected officials (Washington, D.C.)
Kate Cole, who at the time held the position of CEO of Cinnabon (Atlanta)
Agnes Taile, Journalist and Past Award Winner, IWMF Courage in Journalism Award, who was interviewed by Sharon Waxman, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of TheWrap.com (California)
Jan L. Jones Blackhurst, Executive Vice President of Communications and Government Relations for Caesars Entertainment Corp. (South Florida)
A highlight of the Forum is GTWI’s presentation of the Diana P. Scott Integrity in Action Award, dedicated to the memory of our former colleague, Diana P. Scott. In addition to being an exemplary attorney and a mentor who led by example, Scott was also an early leader of GTWI. Previous award recipients and host cities include:
Judge Christine M. Arguello, United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado (Denver)
Brenda Warner, New York Times best-selling Author and Philanthropist (Phoenix)
Laura Arnold, Co-Chair, Laura and John Arnold Foundation (Houston)
Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO, Girls Who Code (New York)
Judith L. Lichtman, Senior Advisor for the National Partnership for Women & Families (Washington, D.C.)
Hala Moddelmog, the first female President and CEO of Metro Atlanta Chamber (Atlanta)
The Honorable Lee Smalley Edmon, Los Angeles Superior Court (California)
Kim M. Keenan, General Counsel of the NAACP (South Florida)
Katie Orenstein, Founder and CEO of The OpEd Project (Chicago)
Ambassador Nancy Brinker, former Chief of Protocol for the U.S. and Founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure (Dallas)
Serving as Industry Leaders
GTWI prides itself in leading by example and working with like-minded organizations to address women’s issues in a wide variety of industries and communities. Recent sponsorships include:
Greenberg Traurig is an ongoing sustaining sponsor of the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL):
In July 2019, Greenberg Traurig sponsored NAWL’s Mid Year Meeting in which Shareholder Arleen Nand served as Program Co-Chair, spearheading the substantive programing.
In November 2018, Greenberg Traurig sponsored the 14th Annual General Counsel Institute, during which Shareholders Kendyl T. Hanks and Brigid Cech Samole led a panel titled “Tour of the Ivory Tower: The Supreme Court Decisions that will Affect your Business,” which discussed major developments in the U.S. Supreme Court over the previous term, with an emphasis on major business cases.
In July 2017, Eva Spahn, was awarded with the NAWL Virginia S. Mueller Outstanding Member Award. The award is presented each year to a NAWL member on the basis of personal and professional achievement, as well as for their exemplary work and contributions to NAWL. She has also served as a board member since 2017.
Greenberg Traurig annually sponsors the Corporate Counsel Women of Color’s® (CCWC) Annual Career Strategies Conference. Past Greenberg Traurig speakers include Nikki Lewis Simon who moderated the breakout sessions “Harnessing and Honing Strategic Thinking” and “20 People Skills You Need at Work.” CCWC promotes the success and career advancement of in-house women of color and global diversity in the legal profession and workplace.
As an international law firm, Greenberg Traurig has the opportunity to promote and support women and to influence others in the legal profession to do the same. In addition to working with like-minded organizations, internally, Greenberg Traurig works to provide ample leadership opportunities for its women attorneys.
Offered to all associates, GTWI utilizes this program to ensure women associates, specifically, receive the guidance, support, and in-depth business development training they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive legal market. This program not only fosters women associates to become strong industry leaders, but for many senior women attorneys, it provides an opportunity to mentor junior attorneys.
Forums for All
GT formed Affinity Groups to address the needs of our diverse workforce of attorneys and professionals. We continually explore opportunities to expand these groups as needs and demographics dictate.
We utilize our Affinity Groups in many ways: as forums for professional and business development, as resources for recruitment and retention assistance, and as social exchanges. The goals we wish to accomplish through Affinity Groups include:
Fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion
Mentoring of junior attorneys within specific groups
Recruiting and retaining diverse attorneys
Encouraging active participation in organizations addressing specific groups
Exploring issues and opportunities that will add value to client relationships
Since our inception, GT has built an inclusive firm based on equality, fairness, and authenticity. We understand the case for LGBTQ+ equality, and are proof positive that an inclusive, supportive environment is a better environment for all, including clients.
GT is proud to stand with the LGBTQ+ community, and those who support equality and inclusion for all. We are active in social causes, case matters, and other actions that strengthen protections for the LGBTQ+ community. We are dedicated to the idea that every person deserves the opportunity to be safe from discrimination in life and at work and should be able to proudly and openly bring his or her true self to every opportunity.
According to American Lawyer's 2021 LGBTQ+ Scorecard, Greenberg Traurig ranks No. 1 for number of LGBTQ+ Partners Overall (Tie).
Greenberg Traurig and Out Leadership are proud to work together over the last seven years, championing LGBTQ+ efforts. Greenberg Traurig supports Out Leadership because our missions are aligned, at GT we believe that diversity enables us to provide our clients with a broad array of perspectives, culture, and creativity. Not only is it the right thing to do, but it makes us agile and innovative as a business.
John Richards, co-chair of the LGBTQ+ Affinity Group at global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, presented at Out Leadership’s “Proudly Resistant” event. The global, virtual event, which is sponsored by Greenberg Traurig and encompasses the month of June, includes “over 40 events featuring CEO interviews, research findings, region-specific highlights, episodes featuring Broadway stars, and everything in between,” according to its website.
Richards moderated a two-part panel, featuring Retail Industry senior leaders, titled “Conversations Around Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and the Retail Landscape.” Its two segments were titled “The Business Case for DE&I: How To Effectuate Behavioral Change at the Individual and Organizational Level” and “Coming Out of the Pandemic: How the Retail Industry Is Remerging & Embracing Cultural & Behavioral Change.” Both covered a range of topics related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and the retail industry.
2021 Pride Celebration
As we kick off #PrideMonth, Greenberg Traurig continues to amplify diversity of all kinds. Virtually together, our LGBTQ+ community and allies celebrate being your authentic self. When people are free to be themselves they can share the full measure of their talents. That's a source of pride.
GT Voices of Pride 2021
GT LGBTQ+ Equality: 2020 Year-In-Review
2020 Pride Celebration
Diverse by design. Embracing the authentic you — it’s a core principle for us, worldwide. From the start, we’ve welcomed people regardless of sexual or gender identity. Because it’s only when people are free to be themselves that they’re free to share the full measure of their talents. For us, that’s a source of real pride.
GT Voices of Pride 2020
Nicholas A. Corsano
Engagement and Community Leadership
The work of the members of GT’s LGBTQ+ Affinity Group, alliances, and firm leadership has positioned the firm as a leader committed to supporting this community. Some of that work includes forging important relationships with key organizations. We actively participate in these organizations and also provide financial support. We have listed a few of these relationships and activities herein, further demonstrating that for GT, diversity IS action.
We understand and practice inclusion and count LGBTQ+ people at every level of our organization as evidenced by our score of 100 percent on the 2021, 2020, 2018, and 2017 Corporate Equality Index published by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
Out Leadership. GT is a current US Sponsor of the talent initiatives of Out Leadership, which is a mission-driven business advisory organization dedicated to the idea that inclusion of LGBTQ+ people at all levels of business, and particularly within leadership, creates positive business impact. GT’s sponsorship is focused on cultivating the next generation of LGBTQ+ talent, empowering OUT Women, and increasing the presence of LGBTQ+ individuals on corporate boards.
Greenberg Traurig Shareholder John Richards spoke during the Restarting Your Workforce in a Changed World virtual event hosted by Out Leadership. The speakers discussed the ever-evolving question of how the workforce will look, post-COVID 19. This episode highlighted lessons learned throughout the crisis, and how you can leverage those lessons for a more positive impact at work.
GT hosted Out Leadership’s U.S. Summit in 2015, 2016, and 2017 and have participated yearly in related Out Leadership VIP Dinners, hosted by U.S. Trust, where GT’s current and former CEOs spoke on panels with U.S. Trust’s senior leaders.
As a global sponsor, the firm also regularly hosts and participates in Out Leadership events and programs, including regularly partnering with the OutNEXT Global Summit, which includes the participation of Greenberg Traurig LGBTQ+ associates. GT CEO Brian L. Duffy serves on the Out Leadership Global Advisory Board and GT Shareholder John Richards serves on the Out Leadership Council.
Out in Law 2015
Out in Law 2016
Out in Law 2017
Out Leadership VIP Reception
Out Leadership VIP Reception
Out Leadership VIP Reception
Co-President Ernest Greer hosted the Out Leadership Atlanta VIP Reception on Nov. 1, 2018 at GT’s Atlanta office, which focused on LGBTQ+ as a business driver in Atlanta and the south. A panel discussion with regional executive leaders discussed the importance of equality and inclusion in the workplace. (Additional photos here)
Pulse nightclub remembrance in the Orlando office
Lambda Legal. Lambda Legal, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of LGBTQ+ people and everyone living with HIV. Shareholder John R. Richards has served for six years as a member of Lambda Legal’s National Board of Directors and the firm is proud to routinely support events nationwide.
International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. GT stands with the LGBTQ+ community and recognizes the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia.
GT celebrates LGBT History Month. October marks LGBT History Month. GT stands with Equality Forum as they honor LGBT icons, particularly in the legal profession, including Deborah Batts, a pillar in the community as the first out federal judge, a trailblazer for women, African Americans, and LGBTQ+ people as well as Menaka Guruswamy & Arundhati Katju, Indian lawyers, won a historic Indian Supreme Court case decriminalizing homosexuality.
National LGBTQ+ Bar Association & Lavender Law Career Fair & Conference. The firm regularly participates in the National LGBTQ+ Bar Association event to address inclusion of LGBTQ+ candidates in law firm recruitment efforts.
National Gay & Lesbian Task Force. The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. We are a longtime sponsor of the annual Task Force Dinner.
Equality Illinois, Equality California, and Equality Florida. These are strategic, state-based organizations that advocate for LGBTQ+ people. Attorneys and business staff routinely attend and participate in their events. For example, Equality Florida held a benefit and time of remembrance on the one-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub in GT’s Orlando office.
The OUT Miami Foundation Gala. The firm supported OUT Miami Foundation’s annual event for LGBTQ+ people and allies to support an engaged, empowered, and united LGBTQ+ community in Miami-Dade County, Florida.
Services & Advocacy for LGBT Elders (SAGE). SAGE is the United States’ largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ+ older adults. In June 2017, members of the firm’s New York office served dinner at the Sage Center Midtown, during the firm’s annual Community Service Week.
International Bar Association. To coincide with the 2017 M&A in Latin America Conference presented by the International Bar Association (IBA), GT joined with a local firm to host a first-of-its-kind LGBTQ+ Seminar in Latin America. Our attorneys actively participate in the activities of the LGBTI Committee of the IBA.
Pro Bono Representation. As part of its global pro bono efforts, GT supports and offers a hands-on approach to legal issues critical to the LGBTQ+ community. For example, GT represented two foster children in adoption proceedings that led to the elimination and declaration as unconstitutional of Florida’s 20-year-old ban on the adoption of children by gay individuals.