Strategy and Momentum
Kutak Rock’s three-year inclusiveness and diversity strategic plan aligns the firm’s organizational systems with firmwide goals.
Development of the plan takes over a year and includes research and analysis of industry best practices and trends, compilation of client interests and questions, and the results of a firmwide survey with participation at over 80 percent. Drafts of the plan are discussed by firm leadership at multiple levels and then approved by the firm’s executive committee.
The strategic plan’s internal goals center on fostering a culture of inclusiveness, including specific goals for networking, communication, equal opportunity, and compositional diversity. External goals enhance inclusiveness and diversity in the legal profession as a whole including pipeline programming with young people across multiple offices. For each goal, the firm prioritizes tactics chronologically over a three-year period and develops a dashboard with targets, metrics, and progress reports on inclusiveness efforts and compositional diversity.
The development, focus, and support of the strategic plan by firm leaders is an accomplishment in itself. The real accomplishments, however, result from the firm’s long-standing commitment to putting the plan into action. Results range from increased participation in affinity groups and networking educational opportunities to a larger change in our recruiting system.