Recent GWB Diversity Activities
Diversity: Our Policy
has diligently and deliberately worked to promote diversity throughout the firm
in both its hiring and retention practices.
The firm has dedicated itself to the principle that continued growth of
its business is dependent on attracting and retaining highly-qualified diverse employees
who understand and can relate to the diverse backgrounds of the clients and communities
GWB serves. The firm’s commitment to diversity is reflected in its long
established core values of:
The diversity of GWB’s attorneys and
support staff ranges from visible differences such as color, nationality,
gender, physical attributes, and age, to those that are less evident such as
religion, culture, sexual orientation, perspective, personality, education, and
socioeconomic background. The culture at
GWB is devoted to incorporating diversity and providing access to leadership
opportunities, conferences, workshops, and mentoring. The firm encourages and
fosters the advancement of women and minorities within the firm.
In 2013, GWB was selected to receive
the Defense Research Institute's (DRI) Law Firm
Diversity Award. Established in 2002, the award is given annually by the DRI to
a law firm that has shown exemplary progress and achievement in its diversity
program. The award recipient must demonstrate a commitment to diversity
which is evidenced by a formal diversity plan, sensitivity and receptivity to
diversity issues, and promotion and advancement of minorities and women within
the firm. The DRI Board of Directors states, “Gallivan, White and Boyd's
commitment to diversity is demonstrated not only through their policies and
practices, but also by their many civic contributions.”
Jennifer E. Johnsen,
a shareholder and former member of the firm’s Executive Committee, chairs GWB’s
Diversity Committee. This committee is
comprised of members representing all facets of the firm’s work force -
associates, shareholders, administrative staff, and legal support personnel. Jennifer states, “The firm encourages and
fosters the advancement of women and minorities within the firm. Simply stated, the individual characteristics
and unique experiences of GWB’s employees make it more than a diverse law firm
-- they make GWB a smarter law firm better able to serve its clients and the
Jennifer and the Diversity Committee
have worked hard to develop and take part in several impactful programs within
the firm and the community that encourage diversity. Examples of these programs include:
is a founding member of the Diversity Recruitment
Consortium, in which organizations work together to develop innovative
programs, practices, and processes to increase the diversity of
professional and executive talent in South Carolina based organizations.
Participation in the South
Carolina Diversity Leaders Initiative, presented by the Riley Institute at Furman University.
leadership and participation in professional and community organizations,
such as the Urban League, the United Way’s Leadership Affinity Groups for
Women and African Americans, and the National Bar Association.
diversity awareness programs which feature guest speakers and leaders
within the field of diversity.
“Sharing Our Story” articles that feature different members of the GWB
team, highlighting what makes them unique and renewing dialogue among
employees about diversity.
The impact of these programs is
evident in the firm’s current demographics.
GWB is currently comprised of employees from nearly half of the United States and various other
countries. The firm’s attorneys hail
from every region of the country, attended 26 different undergraduate
institutions, and 16 different law schools.
Managing Shareholder C. William McGee
states, “Our diversity initiatives have been successful and produced results
because we have enjoyed unwavering support from all of our employees. From our senior shareholders to our newest
employees, everyone at GWB has embraced the belief that a diverse workforce
makes us a stronger law firm that is better equipped to meet the needs of our clients.”