Shining a light on our blindspots

Blindspots and unconscious bias keep organizations from achieving their full potential. At Goodwin, we are shining a light on our blindspots, working to interrupt the unconscious bias that can prevent good teams from being great. This is not a one-time effort, but rather an ongoing initiative aiming for comprehensive change.

Our campaign

In 2015, we launched a bold campaign at Goodwin to combat unconscious bias of all types and to build even stronger and more inclusive teams. Since we began the campaign, our partners have worked with Professor Jerry Kang, UCLA Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and diversity expert Vernā Myers on tackling their own inherent biases. We have also engaged experts to work with our Partnership Committee, our Attorney Review Committee and other firm leaders to develop individual and systemic bias interrupters. Through this work, we are working to ensure that we are fair and square in our talent assessment.

To expand our learning beyond our leaders and partners, we recently brought Vernā Myers back to the firm for an unconscious bias session for all attorneys and professional staff. We are also building a training module for all new hires to maintain our campaign momentum, and we have developed a tip sheet for all reviewers to help them avoid unconscious bias in the review process.

Other experts engaged by the firm as part of our campaign include Harvard Business School Professor Robin Ely, Harvard Kennedy School Professor Iris Bohnet, and diversity expert Arin Reeves. Our work is comprehensive and it will continue until we see real and lasting change in the diversity of our workforce.

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Laura Rees Acosta

Senior Manager of Diversity & Inclusion
Professional Staff