Welcome to the fourth edition of the National Diversity Council newsletter. Over the course of the fourth quarter, the National Diversity Council (NDC) hosted a top 50 general counsel dinner, featuring 82nd U.S. attorney general, Eric Holder, who served from 2009-2015 under the Obama Administration. Holder was the first African American to hold the position of U.S. Attorney General (in both a confirmed and acting position).

This event was a part of NDC’s 3rd Annual Texas Legal Diversity Week in Dallas and Houston, which engaged a diverse group of leaders, including attorneys, paralegals, litigation managers, judges, and executives, in order to celebrate and advance diversity in the legal field. The week of events included panels, symposiums, presentations and award ceremonies including the top 50 women lawyers  and top 50 general counsel.

Across the globe, the National Diversity Council in partnership with the Global Diversity Council, celebrated its 2019 Dubai Women in Leadership Symposium encompassing the theme, “Center Stage: Stepping Up and Speaking Out.” In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), President Sheikh Khalifa declared 2019 the Year of Tolerance in order to highlight the UAE’s position as an international capital for acceptance. NDC stood with the UAE in its declaration of values of respect and acceptance for all.

The event was moderated by Global Diversity Council CEO Angeles Valenciano and symposium panelists included Hessa Al Ghurair, Director Human Capital UAE, Gneral Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA); Maysoun Ramadan, Head of Human Resources and Corporate Communications Middle East; Rosanna Duncan, Chief Diversity Officer, Palladium; Sara Al Awadhi, International Lawyer, Winston & Strawn LLP; Sofia Chahbane, Vice President of Business Development, ENGIE; and Georgie Bradley, Communications Director, EVOKE.  The symposium served as a transformational and empowering experience for women to bring change into their workplaces and communities.

As we look towards 2020, the National Diversity Council will continue to be an advocate and resource for the importance of diversity and inclusion in and outside of the workplace. We invite you to join us in our journey working towards equity for all at various events across the nation by keeping up to date at nationaldiversitycouncil.org. 

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