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In this BONUS PROGRAM, Katy Goshtasbi discusses identifying and addressing implicit biases of any kind among staff, colleagues, clients, vendors, and even ourselves - regardless of the size of your firm/practice.
Attorneys Shiau Yen Dennis and Brendan Gutierrez McDonnell share their experiences implementing a Diversity Equity & Inclusion program at the Portland office of K&L Gates.
Katy Goshtasbi is a branding, diversity and growth expert and founder of Puris Consulting. She works with law firms, lawyers and organizations on growing with diversity, in size and profits, by mastering change and developing brands that get their message out effectively and ethically. The results include happier, more productive lawyers, reduced stress, attracting better clients and more revenues. Katy practiced securities law for over 14 years at the US Securities & Exchange Commission, on Capitol Hill, in a major law firm and in-house. She has written two books on the subject matter, one for the ABA. She was the 2018-2019 Chair of the ABA Law Practice Division and 2020-2021 Chair of the Division's Diversity & Inclusion Committee.
She can be reached by email at email@example.com.
Shiau Yen Chin-Dennis, K&L Gates, Managing Partner, Portland office, provides business-focused legal solutions, regularly working with domestic and multinational companies on corporate matters and corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, post-acquisition integration, joint ventures, restructuring, strategic relationships, corporate governance, formation, and other international transactions. Shiau Yen regularly counsels corporate clients on mergers and acquisitions, including private equity transactions. She has extensive experience working on international corporate and cross-border matters, particularly in the Asia Pacific region, including market entry, expansion, and exit. She has represented multiple inbound Asian investors in U.S. market entry. She handles global subsidiary governance for several multinational companies and also regularly represents companies in contract management and international commercial transactions matters. In addition to corporate matters, Shiau Yen has experience with executive employment matters in the Asia Pacific region, including employment agreements; transfers of employees; and trade secret, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements. Shiau Yen is a founding faculty member of the firm's mini-MBA program, an innovative professional development training program designed to orient associates to key business concepts that are integral to our clients' business success.
Brendan Gutierrez McDonnell is a forward, visionary thinker, solving legal and business issues affecting public and private growth companies. Brendan is on the leading edge of ushering disruption into the traditional practice of law by leveraging technology, including artificial intelligence, to more efficiently serve his clients. Brendan regularly counsels corporate clients on mergers and acquisitions and public and private financings, including private equity and venture capital transactions. He also advises companies on a variety of everyday business issues, including advice on securities laws, corporate laws (including director and officer duties), executive compensation plans and general corporate contracts. He has worked with clients at every stage of development, from initial formation to Fortune 100 status. Brendan works with clients across a range of industries, including technology, manufacturing, specialty chemicals, transportation and logistics, creative services, and footwear and apparel. Brendan's accounting background affords him an advantage in understanding his clients' business and financial objectives. He works directly with his clients to implement tailored solutions to their complex business problems. He provides strategic advice to multinational clients with respect to their global business issues, including market entry and international M&A and commercial transactions. Brendan also regularly represents some of the region's most active private equity firms in portfolio company acquisitions and operations. Brendan serves as the Portland office recruiting partner and is a current member of the firm's IDEA Group, an internal committee that assists in advancing the firm's strategic priority of embracing innovation to drive value. He served as the Portland office managing partner for eight years, and also served on the firm's Management Committee for seven years.
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