We recognized that diversity allies were needed to promote greater inclusion for all groups.
In 2015, the Firm launched [email protected] to inspire all attorneys and staff to stand up for inclusion in the workplace, community and at home. This campaign expands the powerful "ally" concept within the LGBT community to a broader spectrum of groups, including people of color and women. Upstanders are allies, supporters and advocates for people and communities that share a different background or identity than one's own.
The kick-off event featured a video of [email protected] across levels and offices, inspiring remarks from Executive Partner Barry Wolf, and a panel sharing how they actively support diversity. A diversity training workshop with over 20 sessions across 8 offices, an action guide with over 50 upstander behaviors, and extensive online resources were developed to raise awareness and showcase concrete behaviors to be an [email protected]
The Andrea Bernstein [email protected] award rewards and recognizes actions promoting diversity.
Weil has always been committed to diversity and inclusion, dating back to when the Firm was established in 1931, and we are proud to be a leader and pioneer in this space. This commitment and marketplace leadership can be seen through the various programs and initiatives the Firm has launched, including introducing a formal workplace diversity policy in 1992, as well as one of our more recent initiatives - [email protected], which was launched in 2015. This program provides a new framework to build upon a legacy of "allyship" by explicitly communicating that all employees have a part to play in creating an environment of inclusion and mutual respect at the Firm. Now, more than ever, it's important to promote a culture of diversity and inclusion in our workplaces and our communities, and we are committed to doing just that.