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Lightning Talk: Keep Calm and Carry on (Legally) With DEI
Caren Ulrich Stacy CEO, Diversity Lab
Laura Maechtlen Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

The anti-DEI rhetoric and lawsuits following the June 2023 SCOTUS ruling to curb affirmative action are having a chilling effect in corporations, academia, and beyond. Laura Maechtlen — a nationally recognized labor and employment lawyer — and Caren Ulrich Stacy — an expert in leveraging data and science for DEI — will offer practical guidance for leveling the playing field to ensure qualified talent has fair and equal access to opportunities. They will address the question everyone is asking: Are the goals, scholarships, employee resource groups, talent pools for consideration, sponsorship programs, and other efforts focused on creating more diverse, inclusive, and equitable workforces actually legal?