We are so pleased to announce Phyllis Wan has been named as the Interim Executive Director of CLI.
Phyllis has a long relationship with the Denver legal community and is well respected for her knowledge and expertise in the diversity and inclusion field. She has also served as the Chief Diversity Officer for Hogan Lovells US LLP, one of the world’s largest law firms, with more than 1000 U.S. lawyers.
Phyllis developed a range of diversity and inclusion programs, including strategic plans that led to increased recruiting and retention of female, ethnically diverse, and LGTBQ attorneys and staff. Phyllis is a civic leader who has been a member of the Board of Directors of the T. Howard Foundation, the Women in Law Empowerment Forum, and the Colorado Lawyers Committee.
Phyllis brings experience not just in diversity and inclusion, but has successfully practiced law in variety of settings. She is a graduate of the New York University School of Law.
We selected Phyllis after the Executive Committee interviewed several very well-qualified candidates, all of whom were diverse and experienced as leaders in diversity and inclusion. The committee members came to the conclusion that Phyllis has the right mix of relationships in the Denver community, deep experience in working with legal employers on diversity and inclusion initiatives, and an ability to think creatively about how to move CLI into the future.
Patrick O’Rourke, Chair of the CLI Board, and Ryann Peyton, Chair Elect, added, “We’re going to be working hard to make CLI an organization that makes the Colorado legal community stronger and that provides its members with robust programming and support. Retaining Phyllis is a major step forward in that direction.”
The Center for Legal Inclusiveness is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance diversity in the legal profession by actively educating and supporting private and public sector legal organizations in their own individual campaigns to create cultures of inclusion.