Orrick welcomes Joi Bourgeois as our new Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion. The firm is creating this new role to bring additional dedicated leadership to our efforts to identify, attract, retain and advance diverse and women lawyers.
In this position, Joi will collaborate with the firm’s practice leadership to ensure the firm’s diverse lawyers have access to sponsors, client engagement opportunities and the coaching that is an essential part of the firm’s culture. She will work directly with the firm’s clients in connection with their heightened efforts to hire diverse teams. In addition, she will collaborate with the firm’s diversity leadership to continue to implement strategies to make Orrick a more inclusive workplace.
“Orrick is fortunate to have long been recognized for our commitment to diversity and inclusion and our innovative programs,” said Orrick Chairman and CEO Mitch Zuklie. “Creating this dedicated senior role – with its focus on working one-on-one with our leadership, our diverse lawyers and our clients – is a next step in achieving meaningful results on diversity. This is critically important to us because it will make us stronger, smarter and better as a firm, and it is important to our clients who are committed to working with diverse teams.”
With over 16 years’ experience as a professional coach and the perspective of a corporate lawyer, Joi brings unique insight and skills to the role. Most recently a partner in the talent development firm Greiner Consulting Group, Joi has coached more than 1,500 lawyers at all levels. She is a widely sought after speaker on diversity and inclusion and has been instrumental in the New York City Bar Association’s work in this area.
“We are eager to see measurable results on diversity, and Orrick is fortunate to bring additional leadership to working directly with our lawyers and our clients toward this goal,” said Lorraine McGowen, a partner and Co-Chair of Orrick’s Diversity & Inclusion Initiative. “We welcome the insight and perspective she will bring to our diversity efforts.”
“It is an essential time to be focused on diversity in the legal profession, and Orrick is a distinctive platform on which to do so,” Joi said. “In meeting with the firm’s leadership, I was impressed by their universal commitment to inclusion and to a sponsorship and coaching culture. I am excited about what we will be able to accomplish together.”
Orrick ranked in the top 10 law firms on The American Lawyer’s 2017 Diversity Scorecard. The firm also ranks in the top 10 across all of Vault’s diversity metrics, has been recognized by WILEF as a Gold Standard firm for women for the past five years and is a 2017 Yale Law Women top 10 Family Friendly Firm. In addition, the firm has received a 100 percent rating from the Human Rights Campaign for its commitment to LGBTQ inclusion for 11 consecutive years. The firm’s innovations include creating two of the nation’s leading career fairs (The Bay Area Diversity Law Student Career Center and the Veterans’ Legal Career Fair), and the most generous parental leave policy in the legal profession. Forty-four percent of the firm’s Management Committee and Board are diverse or women. The firm is also one of the first to adopt the Mansfield Rule.
Joi will work closely with Kris Greene, the firm’s Global Senior Manager of Diversity and Inclusion, who has helped transform our culture in this area over the past 13 years. Joi will be based in our New York office.
You can read The American Lawyer's coverage of Joi's arrival at Orrick here.