Michelle Ferreira and Gretchen Ramos to Speak at Virtual Summit: ‘Driving Diversity in Law & Leadership’

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Greenberg Traurig’s Michelle Ferreira and Gretchen Ramos will participate as speakers in the virtual summit, “Driving Diversity in Law & Leadership: San Francisco,” to be held on March 23 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT. The summit will focus on career-related obstacles, challenges, and rewards for women and minority leaders.

Greenberg Traurig’s Michelle Ferreira and Gretchen Ramos will participate as speakers in the virtual summit, “Driving Diversity in Law & Leadership: San Francisco,” to be held on March 23 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT. The summit will focus on career-related obstacles, challenges, and rewards for women and minority leaders.

Ferreira, who is co-managing shareholder of global law firm Greenberg Traurig’s San Francisco office and co-managing shareholder of the firm’s Silicon Valley office, will present the session, “The Time for Change is NOW: Attracting, Promoting & Retaining Leaders of Color.” The session will explore challenges encountered by minority leaders in the legal profession, the importance of retaining and advancing people of color, performative versus substantive change, building affinity groups, and advice for young attorneys of color.

Ramos, global co-chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Data, Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice, will present the session, "Rewriting the Rules in the Age of COVID-19: Becoming a Futurist." Her presentation will cover the myriad challenges created by the global pandemic, as well as tactics for business leaders seeking to adapt. Ramos will also explore how companies can embrace the new normal to create and promote new diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives.

Ferreira counsels individuals, partnerships, estates, and corporations in tax disputes with the Internal Revenue Service and state and local tax agencies, including the California Franchise Tax Board, the State Board of Equalization, the Employment Development Department and county assessment appeals boards. She writes and speaks frequently on the topic of expanding opportunities for women and attorneys of color in law and business. She has been recognized with numerous awards for her achievements and leadership, including Euromoney’s “Leading Women in Business Law,” Profiles in Diversity Journal’s "Woman Worth Watching Award," and San Francisco Business Times’ “Most Influential Women in the Bay Area.”

Ramos, who is based in the firm’s San Francisco office, focuses her practice on privacy, cybersecurity, and information management. Dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion in her field, she is an active member of the San Francisco branch of the Women in Security and Privacy. She is also an influential thought leader within the data privacy community, regularly speaking at International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) events and other data protection-related forums. Routinely recognized for her professional achievements, Ramos has been listed on Daily Journal’s lists of Top Women Lawyers and Top Cyber/Artificial Intelligence Lawyers.

Greenberg Traurig is a sponsor of the event.
About Greenberg Traurig’s Diversity Initiative: From its inception, Greenberg Traurig has been committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. Greenberg Traurig is a uniquely empowering and diverse firm built on a foundation of fairness, equality, and authenticity. Through its Social, Racial, and Economic Justice Action Plan, the firm has committed $5 million over five years to help combat systemic racism and support impoverished communities. In addition, the firm’s efforts have been recognized through its Mansfield Rule 3.0 certification, administered by The Diversity Lab, and by local, national, and global publications and organizations including Chambers and Partners. Web: https://www.gtlaw.com/en/general/our-firm/diversity Twitter: @GT_Drives.

About Greenberg Traurig: Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GT) has approximately 2,200 attorneys in 40 locations in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. GT has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, diversity, and innovation, and is consistently among the largest firms in the U.S. on the Law360 400 and among the Top 20 on the Am Law Global 100. The firm is net carbon neutral with respect to its office energy usage and Mansfield Rule 3.0 Certified. Web: http://www.gtlaw.com

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