Throughout some of the most devastating economic downturns in history, Jackson Walker has proven resilient, and the COVID-19 pandemic is no exception.
However, the pandemic was not the only setback we all faced last year. As many in the U.S. and around the world stood against systemic racism and social injustice, we looked both within and beyond our Firm to form transformational relationships through dialogue. Our partnership with Pastor Richie Butler and Project Unity on Together We Dine events, and our new Diversity & Inclusion Hours, helped attorneys and staff to listen, learn, and engage with those from different backgrounds and to celebrate the great work of our diverse attorneys.
We also established four key areas we are calling Pillars of Success to affirm our commitments to support the growth and advancement of our diverse attorneys.
In our 2020 Diversity & Inclusion Report, we highlight these Pillars of Success as they relate to our focus on creating a culture of inclusion, on seeking future partners who reflect the diversity of our clients and communities, on developing and advancing our next generation of leaders, and on bringing positive change to our communities.
Though 2020 was a tough year, we are grateful to consider how each of us connect with one another. While we have much more work to do, we will continue to listen, learn, and engage in order to create a more supportive Firm, a more just society, and a better world.
Chair, Diversity & Inclusion Committee
Suzan speaks about the work of the D&I Committee and her hopes for 2021.
To explore the Firm’s commitment to Diversity & Inclusion, visit JW.com/Diversity.