If you’ve been involved in D&I (“Diversity and Inclusion”) in the legal profession, you can’t help but be well aware that budgets aren’t infinite and fundraising and financial sponsorships play a determinative role in which D&I efforts/programs/initiatives/etc. get to see the light of day. Competition for D&I dollars can be fierce. And more and more often, funders – law firms and corporate law departments – will query the ROI. What return can they expect for any particular D&I activity? Will their lawyers return with new business if they send them to a minority bar convention? Will they be able to market their inclusion on a “best of” list or herald their designation as the winner of an award if they sponsor an event? Will their lawyers get to network with high-powered business executives if they sponsor or underwrite a reception? Mind you, none of this is “bad” in and of itself. But it does raise the question: is one of the reasons the legal profession continues to lag behind other professions in terms of its diversity because as a profession we continue to fund D&I in ways that generate returns that may not actually advance D&I in a meaningful way? Is ROI the right measure for D&I? If it is, how do we make sure that efforts that may be meaningful and have significant impact but not result in obvious returns can still get adequate funding? If not, what might be a better way to think about distinguishing among the myriad D&I offerings and limited resources and appropriately assessing and evaluating D&I efforts?

As the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (“IILP”) celebrates its 10th anniversary, please join us for three unprecedented discussions addressing whether ROI is the appropriate measure for D&I.

All three programs will base their discussion and agenda on the 2019 IILP Return on Investment Report which can be viewed and downloaded here

If you would like to sponsor one of our upcoming ROI events please review our Sponsorship Packet and email jenna.meyers@theiilp.com with any questions. 

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