Diversity & Inclusion: Firm Initiatives
Even in an open environment in which diversity is welcomed, sometimes it takes a little extra work to ensure that everyone has a genuine opportunity to realize their potential. The reward though, is clear: Every ounce of energy that we invest in our diverse employees pays us back in successful attorneys, strong leaders, and productive support staff.
Women in Leadership Initiative
This is the means by which we evaluate and account for the multifaceted action items, policies, and programs that affect women at our firm. Women in Leadership is comprised of the firm’s thought leaders, who create programs and policies that underpin sustainable careers at the firm. For example, at the request of the initiative, the firm has implemented flexible working arrangements and work/life balance policies that promote flexibility in the paths to partnership and leadership for female attorneys. The most visible product of the Women in Leadership Initiative is the Women’s Forum, which creates and hosts programs on professional and career development topics for women. The forum also organizes peer and group mentoring circles to facilitate the sharing of ideas and best practices.
Diverse Attorney Recruiting, Retention, and Promotion
Quarles & Brady recruits at institutions with high percentages of diverse lawyers and attends minority job fairs. We also seed the industry talent pool by providing minority scholarships and internships. Diverse associates are assigned a second, diverse mentor to help guide them along their career paths. And every few years, we schedule a retreat for diverse attorneys, where they hear from speakers on pertinent topics and engage in career development exercises just for them.
Family-Friendly Work Policies
Employees value flexibility, so we designed our benefit plans to provide core coverage around health, life, disability, and saving for retirement, surrounded by numerous additional offerings covering areas, such as vision, dental, extra life coverage, accident and critical illness protection, identity protection, and even coverage for the furry friends in your life with pet insurance. You can insure your family at the same percent of premium as you pay for yourself, and benefit plans include coverage for same or opposite sex domestic partners/spouses. If you plan to start a family, we offer paid maternity and paternity leave for our attorneys, coupled with flexibility in your return to work schedule. New parents receive a packet full of information on leave options, childcare referral benefits, Bright Horizon's back-up care program, and more, including a gift for the baby. Programs are also in place for employees with eldercare concerns, student loan debt, or an interest in staying active and healthy. We offer something for everyone, so that our talented lawyers are able to balance their home and work lives.