Podcast S2 Ep3: Dawn Rosemond

In this refreshingly candid conversation, Ray D'Cruz talks to Diversity Partner, Dawn Rosemond, about the importance of building a diverse and inclusive workplace culture in law firms. Dawn shares her insights as the first African-American female to make equity partner at Barnes & Thornburg.

February 23, 2021

Ray D'Cruz
Performance Leader

The theory around why a diverse and inclusive workplace underpins high performance is well understood by most professional services firms. But there are fewer stories shared on how to affect change to build a diverse and inclusive culture.

My guest on S2 Ep 4 of the Performance Leaders podcast is Firm Diversity Partner, Dawn Rosemond. In a reflective and candid conversation, Dawn shares her experience as the first African-American female to make equity partner at Barnes & Thornburg, and how it informs the strategic initiatives and programs she champions as Firm Diversity Partner. I hope you enjoy listening to our podcast with Dawn as much as I enjoyed recording it.

About our Guest

Dawn Rosemond serves as Barnes & Thornburg's Firm Diversity Partner. In this role, Dawn is charged with activating the firm's longstanding commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity. Through the creation and implementation of delivery programming and strategic initiatives, Dawn leads the charge for cultivating and maintaining an environment that boldly promotes the training, sponsorship, empowerment and promotion of all firm talent, regardless of background.

Always positive, boundlessly energetic and refreshingly authentic, Dawn's people skills and innate personal drive to develop the strengths of everyone around her are bolstered by her tireless energy and work ethic. In her role as Director of Diversity, Dawn spearheads the firm's efforts to make bold, lasting change in an industry needing redirection.

Dawn is the first African-American female to make equity partner at Barnes & Thornburg and reportedly in the state of Indiana. She has been with the firm her entire legal career, representing business clients in virtually all stages of litigation, including pre-litigation counseling, ADR, trials and appeals.

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