Thank you to everyone who joined the LMA Town Hall – A Collective Check-In earlier this month. We appreciate you joining us to talk openly and safely about the recent events of racial injustice around our country.
We had an incredibly thoughtful and productive conversation, and wanted to share just some of the takeaways from the session:
- We need to put action behind the message and do more than statements. It is important to have a professional trained in D&I to have these conversations and help guide discussions.
- This conversation isn’t going to get easier if we stay silent, and with that, these conversations can be difficult to have. They can make people uncomfortable and unknowingly offend others. But at the end of the day we must have grace with each other. Taking a deep breath before we had these conversations helped a lot – it helped remind us that sometimes that’s what we all need: a deep cleansing breath before we go into tough conversations.
- It is important to not just focus on “checking boxes” to complete initiatives. We need to move to a more recurring practice of activities year after year.
- In order to be proactive, communication is key. One firm has been using videos from leadership through this time to effectively deliver messages.
- Celebrate the really good things. Showcase case studies of firms that do this well.
- The Diversity, Pro Bono and Marketing teams at firms need to work together.
- Mental health is more of a priority than ever before. Allow yourself space to feel and find balance.
- Beyond issuing a statement, some firms are offering a new floating PTO day for reflection, learning and mental health; are observing Juneteenth as a firm holiday; and are hosting town hall discussions with clients and D&I leaders and offering training and resources.
If you were unable to attend the Town Hall, we encourage you to view the recording here.