NEW YORK, NY—Wiggin and Dana announced the creation of a C-level leadership role fully dedicated to addressing diversity, equity and inclusion, and the promotion of Jana Simon to that role. Adding a Chief DEI Officer position to the senior management team elevates the firm’s commitment to embedding DEI principles and making greater tangible progress across the firm and in the legal profession. Based in the New York office, Simon has served as the Director of DEI since March 2021.
With Simon’s leadership, Wiggin took important steps in 2021 towards its DEI goals. Among other initiatives:
• Wiggin launched its DEI action plan, DEI DRIVE, which aims to drive Wiggin into the top 33 percent of its law firm peer group for diversity in five years, and the top 25 percent in ten years.
• Wiggin joined the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, creating mentorship opportunities for diverse 1L students and professional and business development opportunities for early and mid-career attorneys.
• Wiggin initiated a pilot business development coaching program for high-potential women at the firm to build their capacity to generate revenue and increase women in leadership positions.
• Wiggin’s Talent department, in partnership with DEI, launched WigginUp, a formalized level-based mentorship program which provides intentional opportunities for valuable mentoring and mentoring training, ensuring every associate and counsel has equal opportunity to contribute to the firm’s success.
In addition, the firm hosted a compelling series of events designed to raise consciousness and drive inclusive behaviors, and it continued to build its diverse talent pipeline with concrete support of law school affinity groups and key diversity and mentorship programs in the profession.