Laura Rees Acosta

Laura Rees Acosta

Professional Staff Director, Diversity + Inclusion
Laura Rees Acosta

Laura Acosta helps organizations unlock collaboration and innovation by disrupting the status quo. She is Director of Diversity + Inclusion at Goodwin, a Global 50 law firm with a history of working on groundbreaking matters and an increasingly focused approach to working with clients in the financial, private equity, real estate, technology and life sciences industries.

Ms. Acosta serves as a D+I thought leader and ambassador, partnering with firm leaders to promote a fully inclusive workplace and a highly diverse workforce, in which each individual and team can thrive.

Ms. Acosta has specific experience in:

  • D+I strategic plan development and execution
  • D+I committee oversight
  • D+I advising, education and coaching, including for leaders and senior administrators
  • Consultation and monitoring for office, business unit, departmental and individual D+I action plans
  • Strategic initiatives, including D+I dashboards, D+I sponsorship and leadership programs, unconscious bias disruption, and client, community and pro bono partnerships
  • D+I thought leadership and external relationship building
  • D+I team leadership

Currently, Ms. Acosta is working with firm leaders, attorneys and professional staff to develop and implement an innovative D+I strategy that touches on every aspect of firm life. She also provides advice and guidance to the firm’s longstanding D+I initiatives, and supports the development of talent pipelines through one-one-one coaching and various business development, professional development and leadership programs. Ms. Acosta recently worked with firm leadership to launch a new chairman-led Inclusion Advisory Committee, and she is collaborating with the committee on its early goals around communications, unconscious bias disruption, sponsorship, lateral hiring, and metrics.

Ms. Acosta practiced law for eight years prior to joining the D+I team, and was a senior associate in Goodwin’s Labor & Employment practice. She also clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, served as Editor in Chief of the Houston Law Review and worked as an analyst at Accenture.

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Coaches Training Institute, Co-Active Coach Training Program
J.D., 2005
University of Houston Law Center
(magna cum laude)
B.A., 2001
Rice University
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