It’s no secret that America’s largest law firms are lacking in diversity. Studies have shown that minorities make up fewer than 7 percent of law firm partners, and men are two to five times more likely to make partner than women. In fact, less than 10 percent of top Biglaw rainmakers are women or minorities. These problems are no laughing matter, but in some cases, comedic intervention can be a useful way to solve them.
I recently had the opportunity to attend a series of workshops put together by Second City Works, the B2B side of The Second City, the world-renowned improvisation school and comedy theatre, which had to do with diversity, inclusion, and gender equality in the workplace. This “Creating a Culture of Inclusion” event was held at Caroline’s on Broadway and focused on identifying gender gaps and challenges within organizations while facilitating skill-building techniques and tools to empower more diverse leadership within corporate America. It was so much fun, and such a great learning experience.