H/Advisors Abernathy’s ability to deliver best-in-class communications counsel depends on attracting and retaining a diverse team, in both background and experience, while fostering an equitable and inclusive working environment.
Over the past several years, we have taken several steps to build a stronger firm that is more diverse, equitable and inclusive, and it will continue to be a focus moving forward. At the heart of our approach is respect and empathy, for people and their viewpoints, and for how an equitable and inclusive environment benefits all, especially our team and our clients.
We will continue to access a broad range of candidate backgrounds in our recruiting process, standardize our hiring procedures and constantly evaluate the firm’s policies and procedures to ensure they are free of bias and support talent retention. Most recently, the firm updated paid leave policies to be more inclusive across genders, families and LGBTQ+ employees. Several other policy initiatives are under way.
We have also taken a programmatic approach to creating a robust and active discussion of DE&I matters, and fostering racial, ethnic, gender, age and socioeconomic awareness. Specifically, we have strengthened our firm’s culture through internal staff trainings and external speaker engagements, which have created clear transformation that has brought our team closer and made the entire firm stronger.
Our efforts are led by the firm’s Diversity Equity & Inclusion Council, a staff-led committee that brings a self-critical approach to evaluating ways of working and recommending improvements to firm leadership. It provides an important internal feedback mechanism for improving our DE&I program and has been a driving factor in our progress.