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The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion efforts of the U.S. Bank’s legal team

In times of crisis we need to double down on D&I efforts. We can learn in this respect from the U.S. Bank’s legal ops team under the leadership of General Counsel Jim Chosy.

U.S. Bank’s legal ops team leadership — Amy Wagner, Strategic Initiatives Director; Mary Baker, Director of Legal Operations; and Matt Wahlquist, Head of Outside Counsel Management, Pricing & Analytics — are part of a 10-person legal operations team. As such the three are key leaders within the 250-person legal division at U.S. Bank.

The legal ops team partners together across the bank’s law division to execute Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) programs, including becoming one of 21 pioneering legal organizations to first join Diversity Lab’s Mansfield Rule: Legal Department Edition and a founding law department in the Move the Needle fund. The U.S. Bank Legal Ops team plays a key role in encouraging and supporting its preferred firms to maintain their commitment to diversity and inclusion, no matter whether the economy is up or down.

Natalie Runyon of Thomson Reuters’ Legal Executive Institute sat down with the three to discuss how they adapt their legal operations processes and systems to automate DEI activities while expanding their commitment at the same time. Read their story and learn from their experience.

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Natalie Runyon, Thomson Reuters’ Legal Executive Institute

Natalie Runyon has more than 20 years of experience working and volunteering for multinational corporations, non profits, and the US Government — Thomson Reuters, Goldman Sachs, and the Central Intelligence Agency. Currently, she is he director of enterprise content for talent, inclusion and culture at Thomson Reuters. Natalie is a conference speaker and an author of articles for the Legal Executive Institute, The Glass Hammer, Security magazine, and CSO Online. She also serves on the board of She Should Run, a non-partisan nonprofit focused on building the pipeline of women to run for elected public office in the U.S. She earned her M.B.A from The George Washington University and her B.S. in International Trade and Finance from Louisiana State University. She resides in New York City with her husband and two sons.

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