Ballard Spahr Diversity Director Moves On

Stacy Hawkins, who has served as Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll’s first-ever director of diversity for a little more than year, has left the firm to start her own diversity consulting business.

Her last day was Friday, and she will now focus on serving national clients in a full-service diversity consulting practice from Philadelphia.

Hawkins said she doesn’t have a name for her business yet because she is in talks with a prospective partner. Right now she is informally consulting and will create a formal business if and when she joins with this partner.

She didn’t join Ballard Spahr with the expectation of it being short-term, but after a year of traveling as the firm’s director of diversity, she realized she could serve a larger number of clients. Hawkins said she helped Ballard Spahr establish its formal diversity program and the firm will look to replace her. She said it might hire someone in a slightly different capacity given that she was the first person to hold the position.

Hawkins had worked in a similar role for seven years at Holland & Knight in Washington, D.C., in its diversity corporate counseling group before moving to Philadelphia.

– Gina Passarella, Staff Reporter

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One Comment on “Ballard Spahr Diversity Director Moves On”

  1. T. David Williams Jr. Says:

    Ms. Hawkins’s departure surely is a loss for Ballard, but probably a gain for us all. It’s coincidental that the same week in which Ballard posts in the Legal for her replacement, the Legal publishes her hard-hitting, but dead-on article – “How Long Will We Stand for Diversity Practice Without Diversity Progress.” Her’s is a “factual” commentary on the state of diversity and and the seeming ineffectiveness of diversity best practices in the Philadelphia and national legal communities. We can’t idly stand by and watch the decline in the numbers of diverse lawyers, the seemingly futile struggle to rise to the highest heights of those diverse lawyers still in the profession, and the startling decline of diversity in the pipelines (all the way down to the high school level). Ms. Hawkins is right . . . the time for “meaningful progress is now!

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