Navigating Diversity Programming Risks:

Legal Insights for Strategic Leadership


Thursday, February 22, 2024

The legal assault on corporate diversity efforts has begun.

As social landscapes shift, legal activists are attacking the narrative around diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives, challenging their legitimacy within American corporations. In the wake of recent lawsuits targeting high-profile companies like Comcast, Amazon, and Starbucks, leaders must now navigate the complexities of diversity programming with heightened awareness.

Join our exclusive webinar designed for CEOs, Founders, and Decision-Makers who understand the urgency of aligning diversity initiatives with legal imperatives. Delve into insights from recent legal challenges, such as the conservative activism against affirmative action and its echoes in corporate diversity efforts.

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In this webinar, we’ll cover…

  • An introduction to diversity programming risks in this current landscape

  • Creating effective diversity initiatives and appropriate messaging

  • Setting strategic diversity goals

  • How to implement policies with legal precision

  • Expert insights and live Q&A!

Learn from industry experts.

Meet our panel of experts participating in this webinar and learn from their tried and true experience.

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Stella Ashaolu, Founder & CEO of WeSolv

Stella Ashaolu is the Founder and CEO of WeSolv, a hiring platform connecting companies to more diverse candidates and leveraging performance data from real projects to reduce bias. As an alumna of the renowned Techstars Accelerator, Winner of the USC Marshall’s New Venture Seed Competition, and Startup of the Year finalist, WeSolv has been recognized for its innovative and data-driven approach to diverse hiring. WeSolv is currently the largest network of diverse MBA-level candidates with partnerships with leading universities, diversity organizations, and fortune 100 company customers.

Tyree P. Jones Jr., Partner at Reed Smith LLP

Tyree is the former chair of Reed Smith’s Global Labor and Employment Group and is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. He also serves as a co-Lead of Reed Smith’s global environmental, social and governance (ESG) practice. He is a trial lawyer with more than 30 years of experience litigating complex commercial disputes alleging civil rights violations in the consumer finance, employment, housing, and information management sectors. His national practice spans an array of industries including transportation, financial services, healthcare and defense contracting.

Deb Muller,CEO & Founder, HR Acuity

Deb is driven by an obsession to do things the right way, particularly in employee relations, where she has spent her career championing excellence and effectively managing workplace investigations. After serving in executive HR roles at numerous Fortune 500 companies including Honeywell, Citibank, and Marsh & McLennan, Deb launched HR Acuity to create technology with built-in expertise and equip organizations to manage employee relations more strategically. Deb provides a wealth of real-world experience and guidance to help companies strengthen processes, transform workplace culture, and elevate employee relations as a strategic driver of business success. Deb holds a BS in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and an MA in Instructional Systems Development from the University of Maryland.

Joelle Emerson, Co-Founder and CEO, Paradigm

Joelle is the Co-founder and CEO at Paradigm, a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) company offering a suite of products and services that transform organizational cultures. Paradigm has partnered with companies like Airbnb, GE, Slack, Snap, and Sephora to help them cultivate cultures where employees from all backgrounds can do their best work and thrive. Joelle’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, The Harvard Business Review, Fortune, and on the cover of The Atlantic. She has been named to Recode’s list of the 100 most influential people in business, Marie Claire’s “New Guard” list of 50 women changing the world, and The New York Times’ Groundbreakers. Before founding Paradigm, Joelle was a civil rights lawyer.