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Washburn Law Hosting Corporate and Law Firm Diversity Symposium

02/29/16 03:02 pm CST

     Washburn University School of Law will be hosting the Corporate and Law Firm Diversity Symposium on Wednesday, March 9 at Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center on the Washburn University Campus. The event is free and open to the public but registration for lunch is required by March 3.

     The symposium will:

  • Highlight the issue of lack of diversity in the upper echelons of corporations and law firms
  • Discuss strategies and plans for greater hiring, inclusion, and promotion of people of color in corporations and law firms as well as greater presence on corporate boards
  • Provide support, guidance, and mentorship for students and attorneys of color in their work environments.

     The keynote speaker is Delano Lewis, Washburn Law ’63, who serves on the Colgate-Palmolive Board of Directors and is a former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa.

     Local participants include: Kori Carew, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP; Donald Prophete, Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP; Judy Yi, Polsinelli PC; Michelle Wimes, Ogletree Deakins; India Boulton, '99, Sprint Corporation; Ramona Palmer-Eason, Payless ShoeSource; Rhonda Mason, '96, GEICO; and Glenda Washington, GO Topeka Economic Partnership (Topeka Chamber of

     National participants include: Werten Bellamy, Stakeholders, Inc.; Marc Howze, John Deere; and Susan Hamilton, Springboard Consulting.

     This symposium is for law and business students; in-house counsel; law firm associates and partners; diversity personnel; corporate directors and officers; and anyone interested in creating a diverse business environment. For more information or to register, go to: washburnlaw.edu/corporatediversity


     Washburn University School of Law was founded in 1903 with 41 students enrolled in the first class. More than 100 years later, our worldwide network of nearly 7,000 alumni includes nationally recognized lawyers, state and federal judges, Kansas Supreme Court Justices, politicians, television journalists and senior executives of Fortune 500 companies and national legal associations. Washburn University School of Law’s tradition of excellence in teaching is enhanced by its six Centers for Excellence: the Business and Transactional Law Center, the Center for Excellence in Advocacy, the Center for Law and Government, the Children and Family Law Center, the International and Comparative Law Center, and the Oil and Gas Law Center. For more information about Washburn Law, visit www.washburnlaw.edu.

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