Diversity Inclusion and Equality

Five Myths About Gender That Inhibit Workplace Equality

by Paula M. Jones
“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any.” – Alice Walker Once again the issue of equality and respect for women in the workplace is making its way into the headlines. I’m inspired by the new vitality in the hopeful younger generation regarding the issue because I have been quite tired from the lack of progress for women over my 30 year career.

Despite practicing law for the past 20 years, I have never viewed law as a means by which we can change human behavior or the way people think. Plato said, “Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the...

Hitting the Glass Ceiling At Your Firm?

by Paula M. Jones
You are not given a dream unless you have the capacity to fulfill it. – Jack Canfield It’s a Monday morning at 8 am and I’ve just jumped off the elliptical machine. I don’t have to get in my car to race through traffic for any reason. I don’t feel any pressure to show up at an office full of people who insist on face time. I don’t have to worry about finding enough work to meet an impossible billable hour requirement. Instead, I know what I want to accomplish today and I will do it in the way that works best for me and for my clients. I haven’t felt that kind of freedom in…well, ever.

Recently I made the monumental...

How to Overcome Bias

by Paula M. Jones

“Preconceived notions are locks on the doors to wisdom.” Forty years ago, when I was in grade school, I remember learning about the women’s rights movement and the civil rights movement. I remember thinking about these recent historical events as struggles that were now resolved, since, surely, everyone would have learned by now to view people as equals. I chuckle thinking of my naivete. I have often wondered, over my thirty year career, if issues of discrimination and bias have really changed or if they ever will.

I believe that the most effective and lasting way to combat bias in an organization is for its members to bring their own personal prejudices to self-awareness. The result? On a micro level, members’ treatment...