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Vidisha Joshi Named One of The Top 100 Ethnic Minority Leaders

Posted on: 6th June 2019

Ethnic Minority Executive 2019 logoHodge Jones & Allen managing partner Vidisha Joshi has been named one of the top 100 ethnic minority leaders in the country.

Vidisha, who is one of the youngest managing partners of a major law firm, was recognised for her work in championing equality at the firm by being awarded a place on the Empower 100 Ethnic Minority Executives List.

The highly recognised list was founded in 2017 to challenge the lack of ethnic diversity in business.

Vidisha’s initiatives at Hodge Jones & Allen included a review of the firm’s equality diversity and inclusion training in which she identified a need to include social mobility, hidden disabilities and unconscious bias.

She also introduced a totally blind recruitment process for the firm’s trainee scheme, taking away, name, education and background. This led to a wider range of candidates being judged on the criteria that matter and not which university they had been to.

As well as this, HJA have launched its own LGBTQ employee network this year to not only support our employees but also those outside the organisation.

Vidisha also regularly speaks at large external events on the topic of diversity and inclusion in the workplace and particularly the legal industry.

Vidisha said: “I am extremely proud and honoured to have been named on the Empower 100 Ethnic Minority Executives List. I take my responsibility to ensure that my organisation is one which is inclusive for everyone regardless of background, race, sex, sexual orientation or ethnicity incredibly seriously.

“The Law is an industry has historically been behind the curve when it came to diversity. I think this is changing but I feel it is my responsibility to what I can to build awareness, educate and provide people with opportunities.

“I think the stats talk for themselves when it comes to Hodge Jones & Allen. We have a broad representation from all backgrounds making up all levels of the firm and I am proud that we are an example to others when it comes to diversity in the legal industry.”

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