MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 25, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Fish & Richardson announced today that Dr. Teresa Lavoie, a principal and chair of the firm's EMPOWER initiative, has received the 2019 Diversity Leader Award from Profiles in Diversity Journal. The award recognizes the individuals and companies that "demonstrate a strong commitment to expanding and improving diversity, inclusion, and equity in the workplace and beyond."
Dr. Lavoie was one of 24 Diversity Leader recipients, which included executives from HP Inc., KPMG LLP, Corning Incorporated, New York Life, and Walmart, Inc.
As the leader of the firm's EMPOWER (Enrichment, Mentorship, Partnering, Opportunities, Wisdom, Excellence, and Responsibility) initiative, Dr. Lavoie has been a key driver of the firm's work to reduce bias in its promotion process, ensuring candidates are considered on merit. Dr. Lavoie also helped to spearhead Fish's improvements to its parental leave policy, including extending paid leave time and adding a phased hours program that gives employees who are primary caregivers significantly more flexibility before and after their parental leave.
Fish is consistently recognized as one of the country's top law firms for diversity. In 2018, Fish was named a "Best Law Firm for Women" by Working Mother, one of the 20 "Best Law Firms for Minority Attorneys" by Law360, and among the "Top Ten Family Friendly Firms" by Yale Law Women. Last year, the firm also received the Gold Standard Certification from the Women in Law Empowerment Forum and earned the Mansfield 1.0 "Certified Plus" designation from Diversity Lab.
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