Spencer Fane BOND
Black Opportunities to Network and Discover
Spencer Fane BOND provides a central point of connection and belonging for Black professionals to flourish within and outside the firm. BOND seeks to foster opportunities for professional development, cooperation, and visibility for its members through a supportive network of exemplary legal leaders. Understanding the power of our voices and the value of our innovative ideas, we dedicate ourselves to cultivating initiatives centered on growth, mentorship, and advocacy. BOND also serves as an avenue to network and discover new talent, resources, and business practices. Above all, we honor the bond created by a community united in advancing the principles of diversity and inclusion.
- Wale Akinmoladun | Of Counsel | Kansas City, Missouri
- Paz Haynes, Co-Chair | Partner | Nashville, Tennessee
- Bernadette Lawson | Client Development Manager | Kansas City, Missouri
- Ed Summers | Network and Server Administrator | Nashville, Tennessee
- Valentine Uduebor, Co-Chair | Associate | Denver, Colorado
- Jeremy Rucker | DEI Committee Liaison | Associate | Plano, Texas
Advance. Develop. Visualize. Own. Champion. Advise. Thrive. Engage.
Women ADVOCATE is a connect group within Spencer Fane that aims to advance women within the firm and their civic and business communities. Recognizing that the sustained success of both our female lawyers and staff supports a competitive advantage for the firm, the Women ADVOCATE group is dedicated to the recruitment, retention, and advancement of female professionals in the firm. We provide resources to develop our members and champion their interests and efforts. We encourage our female professionals to visualize the career path that they want. As a group, we then work to engage each member in leadership and growth opportunities and advise so each member can own their career path. Women ADVOCATE also implements internal and external initiatives that cultivate both individual talent development and firmwide business development. This requires the continued support of our male colleagues and allies. Our goal is to create an environment where our female attorneys and staff, and all members of Women ADVOCATE, thrive.
Spencer Fane+ is a networking and resource group committed to promoting equality and belonging for LGBTQIA+ and allied members at the firm. We recognize our diverse society, and Spencer Fane+ understands what makes us unique as people also makes us valuable, and should be celebrated within our legal community as well as outside of it. We champion the rights of everyone to live proudly, safely, and authentically. Through initiatives centered on professional advancement, awareness, and advocacy, Spencer Fane+ provides opportunities for members to connect and succeed while fostering a broader legal culture of acceptance and justice.