Debevoise & Plimpton LLP’s London office recently hosted an event with Creating Pathways and the Black Solicitor’s Network focused on authenticity, including how and in what circumstances it is possible to bring one’s entire self to work.
The event featured a fireside chat chaired by Debevoise international counsel and co-founder of Creating Pathways, Akima Paul Lambert. Insights were provided by Kyle Williams (MD at Goldman Sachs), Elizabeth Uwaifo (Managing Partner at Radix Legal & Consulting), Caroline Flanagan (diversity consultant and coach), and Debevoise senior associate Conway Blake.
The fireside chat was followed by an open discussion, which explored the practicalities and importance of authenticity in building effective and productive relationships in the workplace.
The Black Solicitors Network was formed in 1995 to promote the interests of black solicitors, provide professional support and share information, inform and influence diversity and inclusion best practice, and participate in relevant public consultations. A not-for-profit company, the Black Solicitors Network aims to be the primary voice of black solicitors in England and Wales.
Creating Pathways is considered the first initiative of its kind in the profession for BAME lawyers working in private practice and in-house. The program is designed to develop and promote cross-firm mentoring relationships between senior and mid-level BAME lawyers both in private practice and in-house.