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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

“McLane Middleton’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee focuses on increasing diversity and inclusion at all levels, monitoring firm progress and recommending actions to be taken to meet the goal of developing and maintaining an equitable and diverse workplace.”
– Linda Johnson, Chair of McLane Middleton’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

McLane Middleton continues to seek out, attract and retain qualified women and individuals of color, and very much value the ethnic, religious, sexual, age, physical challenge and economic diversity that exists among our attorneys and professional colleagues.  McLane Middleton’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee focuses on increasing diversity and inclusion at all levels, monitoring firm progress and recommending actions to be taken to meet the goal of developing and maintaining an equitable and diverse workplace.  The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee is chaired by Linda S. Johnson, a partner and Co-Chair of the firm’s Education Law Group.  Linda is also a member of the board of directors for the Diversity Workforce Coalition, an organization committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in New Hampshire workplaces.

Promotion of a more diverse employee population continues to be at the forefront of the firm’s strategic plan.  This effort begins at the top with the firm’s Management Committee and Executive Director, and extends to the Hiring Committee and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.

New Hampshire’s geographic location in northern New England can make meeting some diversity goals challenging, but fuels our motivation to continue our efforts.

The firm also has a long history of giving back to the communities in which we live and work.  This includes sponsoring events with organizations that serve diverse populations in order to benefit the community and raise our profile with potential applicants for employment.  These organizations include: The Latino Summit; Girls Inc.; NH Women’s Leadership Conference; NH Women’s Foundation; Vote Hispana; and The Armenian Milk Fund.

What’s Her Story

One of the firm’s ongoing initiatives is a “What’s Her Story?” Women in Business series of events where successful women business leaders in New Hampshire share tips on what has made them successful.  As part of the “story” theme, McLane Middleton donates one book for every attendee to a non-profit organization selected by the speaker.  Past speakers include:

Hon. Carol Ann Conboy, NH Supreme Court (5/16/2018)
Betsy Gardella, NH Public Radio (3/22/2018)
Kathleen McQuiggan, Artemis Financial Advisors (11/15/2017)
Maria Ryan, Cottage Hospital (5/11/2017)
Joe Keefe, Pax World Management (10/4/2016)
Emeran Langmaid, A&E Custom Coffee Roastery (5/3/2016)
Amanda Grappone Osmer, Grappone Automotive (3/2/2016)
Keri Laman, Tidewater Catering (12/2/2015)
Maureen Beauregard, Families in Transition (3/4/2015)
Renee Plummer, Two International Group (9/17/2014)
Sharron McCarthy, McLean Communications (4/3/2014)
Lisa Guertin, Anthem (6/5/2013)
Amy LaBelle, LaBelle Winery (2/21/2013)
Tiffany Eddy, FocusFirst Communications (10/18/2012)