ALA Spotlight on Diversity Observances


Diversity Observances Calendar


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Diversity & Inclusion

ALA Silicon Valley Chapter fosters an environment of awareness and respect.

ALA Silicon Valley Chapter supports the ALA Diversity Initiative's aim to increase awareness of and sensitivity to the differences among our workforce and to advance the concept of inclusiveness and acceptance. ALA’s goal is to increase diversity and inclusion in the Association, in the legal management community, and in all legal service organizations.

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 "Diversity is about recognizing, respecting, and valuing differences based on ethnicity, gender, color, age, race, religion, disability, national origin and sexual orientation. It also includes an infinite range of individual unique characteristics and experiences, such as communication style, career path, life experience, educational background, geographic location, income level, marital status, military experience, parental status and other variables that influence personal perspectives.

These life experiences and personal perspectives make us react and think differently, approach challenges and solve problems differently, make suggestions and decisions differently, and see different opportunities. Diversity, then, is also about diversity of thought. And superior business performance requires tapping into these unique perspectives."1

Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, Business Case for Diversity

Contact Us:  ALA Silicon Valley Chapter Diversity and Inclusion Committee 

Link to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) at

Below is a list of resources gathered by ALASVC that we hope will be helpful to our members and the legal community to enhance diversity within our organizations.


RECOMMENDED READING by ALA Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

NEW How to be your authentic self in the workplace (4 min read)

Inclusivity Tip: How to Foster Forgiveness in a Diverse Workplace
By Ellie Krug, June 23, 2017

HP, Mandating Diversity, Will Withhold Fees From Some Firms
By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez, Corporate Counsel, February 13, 2017

"Census Bureau report shows California’s diversity," 
Sacramento Bee, June 25, 2015

San Francisco Bay Area - A Diverse and Changing Population

Standing Rock - Joining Camp Culture 
An interesting guide provided to those interested in helping the effort while being respectful of the Standing Rock culture.

How Employers Can Accommodate LGBTQ Workers
By Braden Campbell, Law360, New York (January 12, 2017)


NEW Free training hosted by Hollaback! and Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC)

Education and Insight

ALA Diversity Initiative

ALA Brochure "Becoming An Advocate for Diversity and Inclusion"

About the County of Santa Clara

California Diversity Council

Diversity Data - San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

Santa Clara County Bar Association - Diversity Initiative

Consultants and Speakers

Ellie Krug

Verna Myers Consulting

Verna Myers "How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them" [TED]


US Department of Labor - Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)

US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Diversity Spotlight

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is a period for the duration of the month of May for recognizing the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. Wikipedia

In support of our AAPI community, ALA SILICON VALLEY CHAPTER members and business partners will encourage cultural literacy and understanding by learning the history of Origami and how to fold the paper crane and other Origami of strength with Taro Origami Studio at our Spring Networking Event. Traditionally, 1,000 Origami cranes have been said to grant one wish. This has been a symbol of peace, nonviolence, hope, and healing during challenging times.

Local Events: 

Virtual Sushi Cooking Class or in-person class in San Francisco

Donate to a Cause:

Compassion in Oakland – a local nonprofit created in response to the anti-Asian attacks in the Bay Area, offering chaperons for those in Oakland’s Chinatown neighborhoods with the goal of protecting the elderly.

National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (APAWF) – dedicated to creating change for AAPI women and girls through policy change and legal advocacy.

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund – promotes civil rights of Asian Americans on issues ranging from immigrant rights and voting rights to policy misconduct and human trafficking.

National Asian American and Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA) – dedicated to making mental health services more accessible for the APPI community.


Latest News ===

In honor of International Women's Day, the SVC Leadership Board participates in the #ChooseToChallenge2021 campaign. Learn more: Women's History Month and International Women's Day 2021


ALA SVC Leadership

Shelley Strong, Lisa Hild, Shirley Laboy, Jim Karkas, Taylor Aston-Nielsen, PHR, Debbie Piker Sanders, CLM MBA, and Diana Medina.

Not pictured:
Thea Wagner and Christie Ernst

06/08/2020, updated 07/10/2020

The Association of Legal Administrators calls upon our members, business partners, and stakeholders to join us in the fight for equity and justice in America and across the globe. ALA stands in solidarity with our colleagues of color. The work to be done to dismantle systemic racism is immense. As individuals, and together as an Association, we all must do better. You can read the Association's full statement on recent events here.

ALA's Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) continues to be a resource to you individually and to your firms, organizations, and chapters. 

ALA's Diversity & Inclusion Committee developed a video featuring members talking about diversity and what it means to themALA's Committee for Diversity & Inclusion works to educate legal industry leaders about why diversity is important and how we can work to bring diversity and inclusion to the legal workplace.

The world is rich with our celebrations of diversity.

All employers should be able to create a diverse and inclusive work environment. Why? Because when business leaders and managers welcome many backgrounds, experiences, and viewpoints, they create a competitive advantage for themselves. But few organizations know how to create a culture that truly promotes, embraces, and seeks each employee's unique contributions. Gallup research, as noted in Requirements for a Diverse and Inclusive Culture by Ella Washington and Camille Patrick has found that in a diverse, inclusive culture, three components must be present: “(1) everyone treats everyone else with respect; (2) managers appreciate the unique characteristics of everyone on their team; and (3) leaders do what's right.