Stoll Keenon Ogden has attracted some of the brightest minds in Kentucky, Indiana and even around the globe. Our Diversity & Inclusion Committee ensures each SKO office has teams of attorneys and administrative professionals with varying backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.
As part of this commitment to becoming a more diverse and inclusive workforce, SKO has enrolled in the Mansfield Rule 5.0 program, a voluntary initiative named in honor of Arabella Mansfield, the first woman admitted to practice law in the United States.
The Mansfield Rule is one of the winning ideas from the 2016 Women in Law Hackathon hosted by Diversity Lab. It was inspired by the National Football League’s Rooney Rule that requires NFL teams to interview at least one minority candidate for head coach vacancies.
Mansfield Rule 5.0 certification mandates that candidates considered for SKO’s governance and leadership roles be a least 30 percent diverse by gender, race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and identity. In short, the Mansfield Rule is about having diverse representation in leadership and decision-making roles within the firm.
At SKO, we are voluntarily holding ourselves to a higher standard for diversity among the management and partnership ranks. And to ensure the success of the program, two proven leaders within SKO, Dana Howard and Kelly Lonnberg, have agreed to monitor and manage the initiative. Under their leadership, SKO is continuing to ensure a workplace where everyone counts and everyone’s contribution matters.
Why are we doing this? The reason is simple: SKO is committed to creating strong and diverse teams to meet our clients’ legal needs. With this announcement SKO shows, once again, how we are fulfilling our mission of client success.
The Diversity & Inclusion initiative at SKO is being chaired by Dana Howard and Chris Schaefer.
For more information about the SKO Mansfield initiative please contact Dana Howard or Kelly Lonnberg.