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Inclusive Leaders Take The Wheel: Driving Systemic Change

MCCA 2020 Creating Pathways to Diversity Conference

4:30 – 6:00 p.m. EST

Sheppard Mullin Participant: 
Samantha Grant, Partner, will be moderating this panel

Presentation of the George B. Vashon Innovator Award and the 2020 Rainmaker Award Ceremony

Leaders are under extraordinary pressure right now. They are expected to make decisions quickly with incomplete and rapidly evolving information. Culture changes when leaders take action to change it, and all leaders have an increasing responsibility to create a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace. No matter your racial, political, or other identity, the issues surrounding racial injustice in this country are impossible to escape. And these issues are not ones that organizations or their leaders — from the C-Suite at the top of the hierarchy to employees on the frontline — can ignore. Now is a time for leaders to think about what type of leader they need to be for all their workers, especially the most vulnerable and marginalized.

This panel will discuss what business leaders at all levels can say and do to tackle these issues that impact on their organizations. We’ll discuss the impact of recent events on employees of color. What we can do to be authentic allies and drive change. And what actions leaders are taking to address systemic racism (internal and external) and build diverse, equitable and inclusive organizations for all.


  • Ricardo Anzaldua, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Freddie Mac

  • Damien Atkins, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, The Hershey Company

  • Julie Gruber, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal, Sustainability and Compliance Officer, Corporate Secretary, Government Affairs and Loss Prevention, Gap Inc.

  • Craig Silliman, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative, Legal and Public Policy Officer, Verizon

  • Wanji Walcott, EVP, CLO & General Counsel, Discover

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