The Philadelphia Bar Association, as part of its Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan and Checklist adopted in December 2014, aims to “learn about how white men serve as diversity and inclusion allies” and cites the organization—White Men as Full Diversity Partners—as an important resource. Their website is an excellent source of information for not only white men, but for chief diversity officers, women, attorneys of color, LGBTQ attorneys, and others.

“White men are already in the diversity sphere, because they are in the atmosphere. We all want to bring our ‘A’ game, whether it is serving clients or working with each other—that means we must have an ‘A’ team. White men don’t need to focus on helping women and diverse lawyers; they need to focus on helping themselves bring their ‘A’ game in all things. So, white men are important to the diversity sphere, just as we all are important to the business sphere. We all work together to make each other better—everyday. It’s the ‘together’ piece that we have to continue to work on,” said Virginia G. Essandoh, chief diversity officer at Ballard Spahr.


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