November 29, 2016
Global Diversity & Social Responsibility Director Meredith Moore was recently featured in a Q&A with Metropolitan Corporate Counsel entitled “Upstanding Allies in Diversity.” The publication described Weil as “taking its inclusive approach to new heights … actively engag[ing] employees – and clients – in its program’s efforts.”
Ms. Moore was interviewed about the Upstander@Weil program, launched in November 2015, aimed at forging alliances across various levels and demographic groups within the workforce and the community.
Ms. Moore discussed the origins of the program, which was focused on evolving from a culture of diversity to one of inclusion. Weil has been a pioneer in bringing the concept of Upstander, originally centered on educational environments and inspired by the nonprofit Facing History and Ourselves, to the workforce. Starbucks recently launched an Upstander program, adding its global brand to the effort to promote these engagement efforts in the workplace.
Weil has hosted numerous events in support of this initiative, starting with a two-hour mandatory training for all staff and attorneys. Weil also developed an Upstander Action Guide and created an official firmwide recognition, the Andrea Bernstein Upstander@Weil Award, to recognize Upstanders across the Firm and amongst clients. The Firm has identified Upstander behaviors to encourage people to become allies and advocates for people and communities with a different background other than their own. The four key types of actions Weil encourages its employees to take are: listen up, show up, talk up and speak up.