Watch on demand: 3 Steps Companies Can Take To Combat Systemic Racism & Retain Diverse Professionals
In this interactive virtual discussion, Mountaintop business strategists Precious Williams Owodunni and Rosa Maria Villagomez recommend practical approaches organizations and individuals can follow to drive meaningful, lasting change in the fight against systemic racism. Topics include how to build in accountability and success metrics for business initiatives and strategies to retain diverse professionals. They are joined by guests Erin Hess and Nichole Velasquez of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.
Here are a few resources you might find helpful as you delve more into diversity, equity, and inclusion:
- Visit our newly-launched DEI Center
- Read our DEI Framework, as published on Forbes.com: 3 Steps Every Company Should Take Now To Combat Systemic Racism
- Explore stories from others on the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity's (LCLD) What's Working page
- Get guidance on how to talk about race from the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture
- Check out this Harvard Business Review Article: To Retain Employees, Focus on Inclusion - Not Just Diversity
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About The Speakers
Precious Williams Owodunni is president of Mountaintop Consulting and assists high-impact individuals and growing companies through strategy consulting, coaching, and leadership and business development training. Before establishing Mountaintop Consulting, she was a vice president at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where she made private equity investments in high growth companies. She began her Goldman career as an investment banker in the Mergers & Strategic Advisory Group, advising oil and gas, oilfield services, power, consumer/retail, and industrial companies on mergers, acquisitions, and corporate finance matters. Ms. Owodunni graduated with honors from Yale University and received her J.D. from Yale Law School. She currently serves as a board member of Cadence Bancorporation (NYSE: CADE), the Houston Parks Board, and the Episcopal Health Foundation and as an Advisory Board member of Amazing Place.
Rosa Maria Villagomez is a Strategy Consultant with Mountaintop Consulting focused on helping professionals reach higher levels of career success and productivity. In her 20 years as an attorney, she has worked with a trial law firm and in-house legal departments for global corporations, including as Associate General Counsel of Litigation for Eaton Corporation and Cooper Industries and most recently as Senior Counsel with Shell Oil Company. Throughout her career, she has helped build effective leaders through team and department management, diversity initiatives, and relationship development. After graduating from Stanford University, where she served as Senior Class President, Ms. Villagomez earned her J.D. from St. Mary’s University School of Law. She is a Board Member for Girl’s Inc., an active member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity and the Center for Houston’s Future, and a former member of the Greater Houston Partnership/Executive Women’s Partnership.
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In Mountaintop’s presentation on Diversity for Competitive Advantage at our Firm Retreat, Precious and Rosa Maria talked about diversity in a way that was rooted in the business case. Starting with raw data and walking through trends and best practices to date, the presentation generated a meaningful and engaging discussion on a topic in which our firm is deeply invested and involved. The presenters’ insights as former in-house counsel and legal industry experts, paired with current trends in the space, provided new and innovative strategies that we look forward to incorporating in our ongoing D&I initiatives.
— Bob Angelico, Firm President & Managing Partner, Liskow & Lewis
Mountaintop Consulting has been a true change agent for our business. They have a unique way of delivering a message that opens doors and motivates successful behaviors.
— Doris Bobadilla, Director, Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith
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