DEI Strategies & Solutions

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion from a Public Utility Perspective [Alert]

William Lesser discusses the evolving regulatory environment and challenges faced by public utility companies and their DEI efforts.


In today's dynamic global environment, integrating the essential principles of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), while navigating the complex legal landscape, is imperative. We have assembled a multidisciplinary team of professionals who are committed to helping businesses, educational institutions, law firms, companies, and other organizations thrive in this new paradigm, where results matter and there are no ‘A’s for effort. We're here to help you create a workplace that is not only compliant but also embodies fairness, equity, and inclusivity at its core.

Our team includes lawyers at the forefront of DEI legal developments, consultants with decades of experience in DEI and organizational culture and strategy, and public affairs professionals with deep experience in reputational management and crisis communications. We work seamlessly together, and in the spirit of true partnership with our clients, to address the full panoply of DEI-related issues. Whether your organization is developing its first DEI program, needs an objective evaluation of an existing program, wants to improve its DEI messaging, faces a DEI-related legal matter, or anything in between, we are here to help.

The demands of DEI are real and catch many organizations by surprise. We understand these demands and stand ready to help our clients meet them.

  • Continuous Evolution: DEI requires active listening, perpetual learning, and never-ending enhancement.
  • Intersectional Approach: Acknowledging that facets of race, gender, sexuality, and other identities are intertwined, affecting individuals uniquely.
  • Transparency & Accountability: Commit to open dialogues about DEI efforts, encouraging an inclusive culture.
  • Legal and Regulatory Acumen: Keeping abreast of DEI's evolving legal and regulatory framework is crucial. Our experienced legal team offers insightful counsel to ensure your organization is in full compliance with all relevant federal, state, and local mandates, thereby fortifying your DEI initiatives.


Our DEI Strategies & Solutions Group offers a suite of services — including legal services, consultancy services, training and development services, and others — to address the complete spectrum of DEI issues.

Legal Services

  • Legal Advice and Counsel: Our attorneys are at the forefront of DEI legal developments, ready to support and defend our clients in all DEI matters.
  • Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) Development, Audits, & Training: Creating specific AAPs meeting all standards and instructing HR teams on implementation.

Consultancy Services

  • DEI Program Design & Implementation: Evaluating DEI policies, recommending best practices, and devising comprehensive programs.
  • Customized DEI Assessment/Audits: Analyzing current practices, pinpointing areas for enhancement, and business alignment.
  • Organizational Culture Assessments: Thorough and unbiased evaluation of current culture, suggesting actionable enhancements.

Training & Development

  • Customized DEI Training & Development: Focused programs tailored to specific organizational needs, emphasizing practical DEI principles.
  • Tailored DEI Strategy Development: Designing strategies aligned with culture, business objectives, and regulations.

Additional Services

  • Crisis Management and Communications: DEI-specific public relations and complaint handling.
  • Community Engagement: Forging deep connections with diverse communities, emphasizing DEI accountability.
  • DEI Organizational Development: Leading through coaching, strategic communication, and employee engagement metrics.
  • Employee Relations/Ombuds Services: Offering mediation, investigative, and conflict resolution services.


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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion from a Public Utility Perspective [Alert]

June 17, 2024

William Lesser discusses the evolving regulatory environment and challenges faced by public utility companies and their DEI efforts.

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Simeon D. Brier

Chair of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives
Chair, DEI Strategies & Solutions

(305) 704-5942

Diedrick Graham

Vice President, Culture & Strategy, The Healy+ Group

(802) 861-1406

Kyle Anderson

Senior Principal, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies

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Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer

(202) 912-4845


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