Belonging at Work

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I brought a carryout Roasterie coffee when I recently met with Diana Kander.  Diana asked for no coffee, perhaps because her laser-focused energy could power half a continent without caffeine.  Diana is a Millennial, and she and husband Jason are busy raising their two young children.  And in case you didn’t already know, Diana

Just a few posts into this project of listening to other lawyers tell me about their experiences with Belonging at work, and I’m already way out of my depth. Dan and Tessa each spoke about the importance of engaging with lawyers different from me in race, ethnicity, gender, or other aspects of diversity, and truly

Tessa Jacob and I caught up over coffee at Banksia.  Tessa is a law firm partner and a nationally prominent expert on eDiscovery law.  She’s a Gen Xer, of Indian/South Asian heritage. Tessa and her husband have raised two daughters, one headed to medical school and the other in college.  And though this may

I met Dan Cranshaw for coffee and breakfast at Billie’s Grocery.  If you know Dan, you understand he is extraordinary – a wise soul, a people-person, and a connector, with a gregarious, positive attitude and a candid, “call it what it is” sense of humor.  Dan is a late Boomer/early Gen Xer, Black, and

For the interviews fueling this blog, here are some key words used:

Belonging:  From Alida Miranda-Wolff’s book, Cultures of Belonging:

Belonging is your sense that you are part of something greater than yourself that you value and need and that values and needs you back;  it cannot be achieved without factoring in social identity

This is the second draft of this post. The first was a point-by-point evisceration of anti-“woke” state laws, anti-LGBTQ+ laws, “critical race theory” accusations, book-banning, curriculum-whitewashing, the 1776 Commission, and the new threat (though not new at all) of activist litigation using the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling on race-conscious college admissions as a