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November 19, 2019 | 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM EDT

In-Person Only -Womble Bond Dickinson, 8350 Broad St., Suite 1500, Tysons, VA.


Overview (Program Summary)

Research is proving that diverse organizations perform better than non-diverse ones. The tech industry offers excellent case studies that are particularly helpful for understanding the benefits of diverse perspectives within organizational decision-making, from talent attraction and retention to product development and customer satisfaction. 

Therefore, aside from compliance and ethical reasoning, what can we learn from the tech industry in how we can gauge a diverse culture’s impact to our bottom lines? And why does it matter to us as lawyers? 

Our panel of speakers will provide varied, honest perspectives into the business cases created to enhance diversity and inclusion among these organizations and also what challenges are being faced in analyzing the results. This program will also address why this conversation is essential to the health of the legal profession and industry as a whole.
The panel will be moderated by Womble Bond Dickinson Tech Transactions Partner and Georgetown University Law School Adjunct Professor Todd Harris, who is publishing a series of articles to encourage healthy public discussion, especially among lawyers, regarding support for diversity in our workplaces and communities.


Panelists: Nanette DeRenzi, Chief Operating Officer at Jefferson Consulting Group and former Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Navy; Jennifer DeTrani, General Counsel and Executive Vice President at Nisos Inc and former Co-Founder of tech startup Wickr.; and Zohra Tejani, Co-Founder/Member of Tong Tejani PLLC and former senior in-house counsel for VMWare and Microsoft.

Moderated by Todd Harris, Partner with Womble Bond Dickinson LLP.


4:30 pm - 5:00 pm   Registration
5:00 pm -6:00 pm    Panel Presentation
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm   Networking Happy Hour

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