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Leonardo Loo Quoted in AZ Business Magazine Article “The Business Case for Diversity”

AZ Business Magazine

Below is an excerpt:

Diversity

"Diversity is not just acknowledging and understanding our differences, but truly valuing those differences we bring to the table, learning from those differences, and harnessing the product of differences to benefit the organization and our community," says Leonardo Loo, Phoenix office managing partner of Quarles & Brady. The law firm has won numerous diversity awards, including Arizona Diversity Council's Corporate DiversityFIRST award and the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Award.

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Educating Your Leaders and Investing in Meaningful Diversity Programs

"You can't just outsource diversity efforts to a committee and expect to see meaningful effects. Leadership has to be involved at every step of the process or else it becomes another check-the-box exercise that I don't think succeeds in the long term," says Loo.

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Quarles & Brady Initiatives

"We have formalized policies around hiring diverse attorneys. There are diverse attorney business resource groups, a women's forum, and a diverse mentor program. We also host writing internships for diverse students from ASU and the University of Arizona. Many of these students are first generation college graduates and law school students who don't have any familiarity with the legal industry," says Loo.

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Holding Each Other Accountable

"Define success and what that looks like. Track your progress otherwise it becomes too nebulous, and that's unsustainable. If no one is accountable your efforts are destined to fall short of your goals," says Loo.

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