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December 8, 2022 | 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM EST

Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History
101 S. Independence Mall East
(Corner of 5th & Market Sts.)
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Members: Complimentary

Overview (Program Summary)

A program hosted by:

ACC Greater Philadelphia
  • 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. – Breakfast/Registration/Networking (free professional head shots available)

  • 9:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.  –  Musicopia and Welcome Speech

  • 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.  – Session I

  • 10:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  – BREAK (free professional head shots available)

  • 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  – Session II

  • 11:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.  – BREAK (free professional head shots available)

  • 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.  – LUNCH (Affinity Group Speakers + Table Talk)

  • 1:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.  – BREAK (free professional head shots available)

  • 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  – Session III

  • 2:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.  – BREAK (free professional head shots available)

  • 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.  – Session IV

  • 3:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  – BREAK (free professional head shots available)

  • 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  – Session V

  • 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  – Cocktail & Hors d'oeuvres/Networking

Session I - The Intersection of DEI and ESG: Navigating Uncharted and Ever-evolving Terrain presented by Duane Morris LLP

In the last several years a constellation of stakeholders has steadily exerted influence and communicated expectations in the ESG space. Companies are far more conversant at the board level on issues of governance and the environment than social issues, and particularly those rooted in DEI. This presentation looks at the confluence of those expectations, examines the risks inherent in nascent or token DEI efforts; examines the future of the overlap of DEI and identifies actions companies should take to prepare themselves for the next iteration of this dynamic.

Session II — Diversity vs. Tokenism: Drawing Parallels Between the Legal and Tech Industries presented by Armstrong Teasdale LLP

With nearly every organization working to invest in diversity, equity and inclusion strategies, ensuring true diversity across the board for legal and tech industries relies on representation and intentional actions to ensure a sustainable future. Join our panel as we discuss tokenism without change, creating inclusive spaces and the future of diversity in technology.

Session III — Benchmarking for Impact presented by Cozen O'Connor

The session will provide a review of the answers to the DEIB Benchmarking Survey and offer a discussion of the tools and mechanisms that companies can use to make DEIB effective and sustainable. One of the questions to be addressed: is there a baseline of internal measures that helps ensure a diverse and inclusive workplace?

Session IV — Cultivating Change Communities at Work: Leveraging Employee-led Associations to Foster Diversity, Equity and Inclusion presented by Dechert LLP

Affinity groups (also known as employee resource groups) have become a popular and powerful means of fostering community and connection among employees who share common demographic and cultural profiles. Multiple studies have found employers that have Affinity groups attract more diverse candidates, reduce turnover and increase employee morale. Join our panel of Chief Diversity Officers as they discuss the role and impact of Affinity groups in their organizations, how leveraging these employee-led groups helps to infuse diverse perspectives into workplace culture, and practical tips for implementing Affinity groups at your organization.

Session V — Broad Based Efforts to Cultivate DEI: Can We Do More Than Check the Box? presented by Anderson Kill P.C.

How many times have you looked at the DE&I question on a form and thought about what it means to check the diversity box?  While we would like to think that mandating DEI in our hiring, outside counsel and vendors and corporate communications makes a meaningful difference, aren't we starting at the finish line rather than starting at the start?  In this session, we will hear from a CCO, Dean, and CEO of a not for profit, about the ways in which we can all challenge ourselves and our organizations to make real progress in achieving meaningful DE&I - and do more than just check the box.

Register below.

Interest Area(s): Diversity and Inclusion


session I:
  • Joseph K. West, Partner and Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Duane Morris LLP

Session II:
  • Pamela D. Hans, Managing Shareholder, Anderson Kill (Philadelphia Branch)

  • Emily Hawkins, Former Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, Horizons Atlanta

  • Erin Horvat PhD., Interim Dean School of Education, Senior Vice Provost, Faculty Advancement, Drexel University

  • Keri P. Mattox, Chief Communications and Administrative Officer, Zimmer Biomet

  • Jonathan Margolis, Vice President and Practice Group Leader, Legal, Toll Brothers


  • There will be a 50/50 Raffle benefiting the SeniorLAW Center, so be sure to bring some cash for this worthy cause!

  • And be sure to look your best for the FREE professional head shots!

  • Discounted parking will be available at the Bourse Garage with validation at the Museum.  The garage is located at 400 Ranstead Street.


State: PA, NJ & DE
Category: Diversity/DEIB

Contact (RSVP)

Chris Stewart, Chapter Administrator

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