2011 Fowler White Boggs Scholarship Reception
Fowler White Boggs P.A. strives to embrace diversity and inclusion in the workplace through active recruitment, development, and retention efforts. By ensuring equal opportunities for success within our firm, we promote the value of cultures, experiences, and backgrounds that comprise our workforce.
In order to ensure Fowler White’s commitment, our Diversity Committee develops and implements firm- wide programs that foster an environment of acceptance and appreciation of individuals with diverse characteristics. The Committee, led by shareholders Olga M. Pina and Julie S. Sneed, oversees all diversity initiatives and reinforces our collective efforts within the community and the firm. With the Committee’s guidance, attorneys and staff regularly participate in diversity programs, trainings, events, sponsorships, and leadership seminars.
A diverse workforce is a core component of Fowler White’s Diversity Mission. Perhaps the best evidence and reflection of this mission lies in the number of leadership positions held by minority and women attorneys. We believe in enhancing professional opportunities and creating a positive, supportive environment for these individuals.
Fowler White is the only major law firm in Florida led by a woman, Rhea F. Law, our firm Chair and Chief Executive Officer. We have women in every leadership role at our firm, at all different levels, and throughout our different offices. We are pleased to announce that we have received a Gold Standard Certificate from the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF), which is certification that women hold a certain percentage of executive positions in our firm, something that only 32 law firms nationwide can claim.
We are proud to be an inaugural member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). This groundbreaking organization is a cooperative effort between general counsels and managing partners of major corporations and law firms dedicated to making significant, tangible progress on diversity by developing specific goals, implementing measurable metrics and rewarding definitive results. As a member of the organization, we participate in the 1L LCLD Scholars Program, which provides diverse first-year law students with the opportunity to join our Summer Associate program and work with attorneys, paralegals, and other specialists.
Our firm founded a corporate partnership initiative to fund a full scholarship for an Academy Preparatory School (APS) student to attend Berkeley Preparatory School. APS provides remarkable young people, without means and from diverse backgrounds, real opportunities for success and fulfillment. We also strive to increase diversity in the legal field by offering scholarship programs to support individuals with similar goals and interests. We have been a long-standing sponsor of the George Edgecomb Bar Association Annual Law Week Scholarship Banquet and were a presidential sponsor in April 2008.
As one of four Board Members of the Florida Diversity Council, our firm helps organize Diversity Strategy meetings and events with other organizations throughout the Bay area. Not only do we hope to help expand the Council throughout the state of Florida, but we also look forward to participating in upcoming Diversity events in Tampa Bay.