Leveraging Diverse Talents and Networks

History is filled with trailblazers and pioneers who paved the way for a bigger and bolder future. In celebration of Black History Month, we are shining a light on a few pioneers within Cooley’s Black Executive Network. Join the conversation and hear from Black leaders, sharing perspectives on what shaped their leadership path and what impactful diversity means to them.

DeAnna Allen

Partner, Cooley

"I have felt more keenly what it's like to be both very visible and, at the same time, not seen."

Amos Winbush III

CEO of AW3 Media Group, co-founder of Forbes8

"When we look at diversity, it's really about not a number, but bringing individuals who have different perspectives and different outlooks on the world into the conversation in a meaningful way."

Reginald Rasch

Head of Legal, Rakuten USA

"One of the most fundamental things that I've learned is that having people struggle with issues and having voices in the room who have different perspectives really lends itself to well-rounded legal advice and, ultimately, good decision-making."

Alex Knight

VP of Business Development, Cooley

"I think more often than not, in the conversations that I'm in with people that come from different cultures or backgrounds, there are more things that unite us than separate us."

Isa Watson

Founder and CEO, Squad

"If we make great progress towards diversity, you'll see the emergence of higher quality products."

Megan Melbourne

Associate, Cooley

"Something that I wish people knew or celebrated about my heritage is that it's not just a story of oppression and struggle. It's not just one obstacle after another, but that my culture and my heritage has really influenced and built the American society that we all live in."

The Black Executive Network (BEx)

The Black Executive Network is a forward-thinking community of CXOs, investors, innovators, lawyers and prominent influencers across a wide range of industries, companies and government. BEx is designed to build a sense of community and harness the power of diversity to yield high-impact relationships, collaboration and knowledge-sharing. We are proud to work alongside and represent these outstanding changemakers.

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