2009 Diversity Award - Workplace Diversity Advocate Winner
The 2009 Wisconsin SHRM Workplace Diversity Advocate Award was presented to Quarles and Brady, LLP. Quarles & Brady weaves diversity throughout their entire organization. Diversity comes naturally to them and is imbedded into their culture; it is part of their every day activities and processes. They truly believe that it starts at the top and is lead by one of the National Law Journal’s 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers. They have diversity outreach programs, minority liaison programs, ongoing diversity training & retreats and diversity & inclusion councils.
Some of the community initiatives they provide are:
Quarles Care Program – this provides employees the opportunity to engage in civic and charitable initiatives within their communities. This program identifies and supports hands-on caring opportunities. Each firms has programs tailored within their given local community to meet that community’s needs. This can include partnerships with local schools, Second Harvest Food Bank, United Way, Boys & Girls Club and free legal clinics for low-income individuals.
The Fellowship Open – This golf event raises money for organizations and institutions that foster and develop character and values among minority youth. Quarles has contributed more than $400,000 to youth activities touching over 25 organizations. In 2004 The Fellowship Open was recognized by the PGA for outstanding efforts for minority youth in the community.
Quarles & Brady is truly a diversity leader. From their Diversity Business Plan to their community involvement, they are a role model for others.
Quarles has chosen Centro Legal to receive the $500.00 donation on behalf of the WI State Council in honor of them receiving this award. Centro Legal’s mission is to provide affordable legal representation to Milwaukee families so they may maintain stable homes and remain employed in the face of legal difficulties.