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Ellen Dwyer and Don Smith Participate in Diversity & Flexibility Alliance Annual Conference

Washington – November 4, 2021: Ellen Dwyer, chair of Crowell & Moring’s Executive Committee, and Don Smith, chief talent & inclusion officer, participated in the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance’s virtual annual conference, “Reflect. Reimagine. Recalibrate. Paving the Way to Inclusive Flexibility.”

Dwyer served as a panelist, alongside Morgan, Lewis & Bockius chair Jami Wintz McKeon, during a session on strategies to accelerate the advancement of women to partner and into leadership roles. Dwyer discussed the importance of active sponsorship and succession planning as key strategies to ensure that women benefit from advocacy and that firms purposefully build robust pipelines of women and diverse talent who are prepared to lead client relationships and assume important leadership roles within their firms. The panel was moderated by Manar Morales, president & CEO of the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance.

Smith moderated a session discussing inclusive flexibility in the workplace. The panel tackled issues regarding the intersection of flexibility and diversity, equity, and inclusion, with panelists offering their insights on how to implement workplace initiatives that support a variety of backgrounds, work styles, and life circumstances. Panelists included leaders from Microsoft and Perkins Coie.

Crowell & Moring is a founding firm member of the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance, a think-tank working to create strategic, practical solutions around diversity and flexibility for law firms and other organizations. The firm has been recognized for multiple years with the “Tipping the Scales” Award for having a diverse partner class consisting of 50 percent or more women.

About Crowell & Moring LLP

Crowell & Moring LLP is an international law firm with offices in the United States, Europe, MENA, and Asia that represents clients in litigation and arbitration, regulatory and policy, and transactional and corporate matters. The firm is internationally recognized for its representation of Fortune 500 companies in high-stakes litigation and government-facing matters, as well as its ongoing commitment to pro bono service and diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Andrew Loeb
Communications Specialist