The Power of Diversity Consultants: Helping to Achieve an Inclusive Workforce

Carisa Crawford-Chappell
September 2004

While most executives and managers in the legal profession realize the importance of having a diverse staff, they are not always sure how to recruit and retain candidates from different backgrounds. Diversity consultants who specialize in the legal industry understand the profession, and are being sought to help balance the scale so that the playing field is level for everyone. More and more, attorneys committed to a diverse work environment are turning to diversity consultants in hopes of achieving a multicultural work environment.

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  • In our work and in our living, we must recognize that difference is a reason for celebration and growth, rather than a reason for destruction.

    Audre Lorde
  • Wide differences of opinion in matters of religious, political, and social belief must exist if conscience and intellect alike are not to be stunted, if there is to be room for healthy growth.

    Theodore Roosevelt
  • Diversity and independence are important because the best collective decisions are the product of disagreement and contest, not consensus or compromise.

    James Surowiecki
  • There never were in the world two opinions alike, no more than two hairs or two grains; the most universal quality is diversity.

    Michel de Montaigne
  • Difference of opinion is helpful in religion.

    Thomas Jefferson
  • One must even beware of too much certainty that the answer to life's problems can only be found in one way and that all must agree to search for light in the same way and cannot find it in any other way.

    Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilisation.

    Mahatma Gandhi
  • Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.

    Isaac Asimov
  • America has believed that in differentiation, not in uniformity, lies the path of progress. It acted on this belief; it has advanced human happiness, and it has prospered.

    Louis D. Brandeis
  • When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free.

    Charles Evan Hughes
  • Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.

    Malcolm Forbes
  • Diversity creates dimension in the world.

    Elizabeth Ann Lawless
  • Differences challenge assumptions.

    Anne Wilson Schaef
  • Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.

    Stephen R. Covey
  • Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs.

    Leo Tolstoy
  • I not only use all the brains that I have, but all I can borrow.

    Woodrow Wilson
  • Controversial' as we all know, is often a euphemism for 'interesting and intelligent.

    Kevin Smith
  • Where all think alike, no one thinks very much.

    Walter Lippmann
  • Peace is not unity in similarity but unity in diversity, in the comparison and conciliation of differences.

    Mikhail Gorbachev
  • Wit lies in recognizing the resemblance among things which differ and the difference between things which are alike.

    Madame De Stael
  • The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.

    F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • It is not that I'm so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.

    Albert Einstein
  • Honest difference of views and honest debate are not disunity. They are the vital process of policy among free men.

    Herbert Hoover
  • Honest difference of views and honest debate are not disunity.They are the vital process of policy among free men.

    Herbert Hoover
  • Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.

    Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.

    Tony Robbins
  • The biggest mistake is believing there is one right way to listen, to talk, to have a conversation -- or a relationship.

    Deborah Tannen
  • The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.

    Albert Einstein
  • Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.

    Stephen R. Covey