Bass, Berry & Sims’ Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives Profiled in Nashville Business Journal

June 21, 2021
Nashville Business Journal

Coming off the recent recognition that Bass, Berry & Sims received from the Nashville LGBT Chamber, the Nashville Business Journal profiled the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts made by the firm in a June 18 article.

The article featured insight from Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Taylor Wirth who spoke about his experiences with the firm’s Pride Affinity Group, saying membership in the group provided him with valuable mentorship from other LGBTQ lawyers. Taylor also talked about the intersection between DEI efforts and pro bono work. “Sometimes it’s difficult to find opportunities for corporate attorneys in the pro bono space,” Taylor said. “So that was something that was really fun because the firm gave me a lot of support and resources.”

The article also included highlights from an interview with Michele Bendekovic, the firm’s director of diversity & inclusion. In her role, Michele works closely with firm leadership to establish initiatives that will build a firm culture that is diverse and inclusive. “There’s just more of a willingness to push for change and to collaborate with law schools, with law firms, with clients, to really help make those changes,” Michele said. “We’re having more conversations about DEI than we really ever have before, and that’s a good thing.”

“We just want to make sure that that is always a focus,” Michele added. “That we’re always looking through a DEI lens here at the firm, and that really everyone at the firm is an ambassador, an ally, an active participant.”

The full article, “A DEI Lens: Bass, Berry & Sims Receives Recognition from LGBTQ Business Community for Diversity Efforts,” was published by the Nashville Business Journal on June 18 and is available online. More about the firm’s diversity & inclusion efforts can be found here.