Diversity, Inclusion, and Bias in Corporate Governance: Increasing Financial Impact for Companies

Mitigating Risk of Shareholder Activism and Consumer Boycotts

A live 90-minute CLE webinar with interactive Q&A

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

1:00pm-2:30pm EST, 10:00am-11:30am PST

Early Registration Discount Deadline, Friday, January 24, 2020

or call 1-800-926-7926

This CLE webinar will present what is fast becoming required guidance on the pervasive imperative of diversity, inclusion, and bias in corporate governance. Investors and laws are now forcing the issue on companies that have lagged. Many lawyers are mandated to become familiar with the subject, and even if not required, should have a full understanding of it to guide clients.


Though diversity, inclusion, and bias have long been admirable corporate governance aspirations, those aspirations are fast becoming requirements either because of government action or market pressure. Corporate counsel must have the tools to convert these goals into realities.

The most significant embodiment of this trend is California's law requiring any company with principal executive offices located in the state to eventually have multiple female directors. Though this law has been challenged, it represents a legislative bellwether that may be replicated.

Anti-discrimination laws, long on the books, still create compliance issues and create a minimum standard under which a homogenous environment changes slowly and slightly to obey the law begrudgingly. Market forces--shareholder activism and product boycotts--have stepped in to fill the void that the law cannot. Despite the existence of consultants, companies are looking to their lawyers to lead the way.

Listen as this panel, on the forefront of attorneys promoting diversity, inclusion, and anti-bias matters, provides their insights as to how corporate counsel can respond to fast-rising client needs in this area



  1. Understanding of topic
    1. Diversity
    2. Inclusion
    3. Bias
    4. Discrimination distinguished
  2. Legal forces at work
  3. Other forces at work
    1. Shareholder activism (and legal response)
    2. Consumer issues
  4. The lawyer's role


This panel will address these and other vital questions, including:

  • Where do anti-discrimination laws and diversity/inclusion/anti-bias policies overlap?
  • What is the corporate counsel's role in facilitating clients who seek to integrate these goals into the workplace?
  • Is the California law a harbinger for other states adopting such laws?
  • Which states require its attorneys to earn CLE credits on diversity, inclusion, and anti-bias?


Harris, Todd
Todd W. Harris

Womble Bond Dickinson (US)

A Technology Transactions Partner and Adjunct Professor for Georgetown University Law Center in Washington DC, Mr....  |  Read More

Zimmerman, Cary
Cary A. Zimmerman

Kohrman Jackson & Krantz

Ms. Zimmerman brings unique experience to the firm as a partner in KJK’s Corporate, Securities, Private Equity,...  |  Read More

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