Padilla DEI Collective: Q&A with Leslie Wright

Although Padilla had begun its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) program in earnest in 2019, the George Floyd tragedy, which happened only a few miles from our Minneapolis headquarters, compelled us to accelerate our efforts. 

Padilla established a DEI Council to ensure we are being intentional in creating a more diverse work environment. The Council – with guidance from Senior Leadership – focuses on the following key areas: Recruitment and Retention, Agency Training and Content, Client Work and Community Engagement. DEI client counsel is part of work we provide within our Corporate Advisory Group – and specifically, the Social Impact team. To supplement Padilla’s internal expertise, we assembled the DEI Collective comprised of external advisors to help ensure an inclusive and culturally appropriate approach to public relations and communications for our agency and clients.

To help shine a light on their expertise, experiences and the immense value they bring to Padilla, we’ve hosted Q&As on our blog. Today, we’re featuring Leslie Wright, VP of Development and Alumni Relations at Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

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