Recognizing the particular challenges women face in legal careers, in 2008 the firm launched a formal program, Women At KDW, to provide networking, mentoring and learning opportunities for women associates. Our Women Partners Group is equally active, meeting regularly to network, mentor women associates, cross-market, and share business development strategies.
Kelley Drye actively supports internal and external programs to increase diversity within the profession and to promote leadership opportunities within law firms for lawyers from historically underrepresented groups. We invite high school students considering legal careers to see what it’s like to work in a law firm, support leadership training for diverse attorneys, and invite thought leaders among minority in-house counsel to share their perspective and experience with our lawyers.
The Kelley Drye LGBTQ Network is an affinity group of friends, allies and members of the LGBTQ community. Open to everyone, the group reflects the firm’s commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion and to increasing understanding of, and involvement in, the unique issues facing the LGBTQ community.
Kelley Drye’s Diverse Associate Network serves as a forum for racial and/or ethnic minority associates from historically underrepresented groups to promote their careers and professional development by building community, sharing and transferring knowledge, leveraging collective resources, and creating a safe space, empowering participants to achieve career success.