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Lawrence Otis Graham

African-American Attorney, Speaker, and New York Times Best-Selling Author

Lawrence Otis Graham a nationally known author, attorney and commentator on race, politics and diversity in America. A lecturer on governmental affairs and employment issues, Larry is chairman of the Westchester County Police Board, and has been an adjunct professor at Fordham University and Dutchess Community College. He began his legal career at a major…

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Lawrence Otis Graham a nationally known author, attorney and commentator on race, politics and diversity in America. A lecturer on governmental affairs and employment issues, Larry is chairman of the Westchester County Police Board, and has been an adjunct professor at Fordham University and Dutchess Community College.

He began his legal career at a major New York law firm, served as a White House Intern, and has counseled government officials throughout Westchester, New York City and New York State. An author of many business articles, Larry is a New York Times bestselling author of 14 books, and was a contributing editor at U.S. News & World Report. He offers weekly commentary on Cablevision News 12 TV, which keeps him in contact with the top government officials in the region. Larry has served as legal commentator for WNBC and has appeared on “The Today Show”, and PBS’ “Charlie Rose”. His corporate research has appeared in USA Today and The Wall Street Journal.

Larry was awarded, by Chief Justice Judith Kaye, the Distinguished Service Award by the Tribune Society of the Unified Courts in the State of New York. Larry was honored, along with New York State Appellate Judge Sondra Miller, by the American Jewish Committee’s Judge Learned Hand Award, which is given each year to a distinguished judge or attorney by the 108-year-old organization.

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    In addition to performing long-term consulting projects, Lawrence Otis Graham and his firm of Progressive Management tailor a variety of lectures and workshops to the needs of different audiences. His work has been cited in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times of London, Fortune Magazine and other news media. He has worked with such organizations as Corning, Lucent Technologies, Walt Disney Company, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Dallas Public Schools, Hewlett Packard and United Technologies.

    AUDIENCES ADDRESSED:

    • Board Members and Chief Executive Officers
    • Line Managers and Supervisors
    • Middle and Senior Level Managers
    • Human Resource Executives
    • Diversity Task Force Committee Members
    • Affirmative Action and Diversity Managers
    • Employees, New Recruits and Interns
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    WORKSHOPS/PRESENTATIONS:

    Lecture/Discussion on “Using Proversity to Eliminate Passive Bias
    First presented by Graham at Harvard Business School and drawn from his book, Proversity (Wiley), this discussion consists of a 60-minute talk and 30-minute question and answer session. It examines such issues as how to recognize and address our own passive bias; Professor Graham’s undercover experience of exposing passive bias at a Connecticut country club where business networks are created; how Proversity gets us to respect differences and find what we have in common; and how to find bottomline economic benefits of diversity management.

    Troubleshooting Workshop
    Professor Graham meets for a 90-minute trouble-shooting session where he presents the best practices of companies that were included in his book, The Best Companies for Minorities, as well as those of other leading organizations. He presents those companies’ diversity practices as well as his “11 Principles for Good Corporate Diversity” and answers questions that participants have regarding their own current diversity practices and other challenges they face. Strategies for improving recruitment and retention are discussed. Participants are introduced to “The Progressive Manager’s 12 Commandments”.

    From Passive-Biased Employee to Progressive Manager: A Story
    In this workshop, attendees are given a story and/or a series of stories (taking place inside and outside the workplace) to read and analyze. After participants have worked individually or in small groups, the moderator asks them to give their impressions of the actions taken by certain characters. Professor Graham and workshop participants identify problem issues and offer solutions. This workshop addresses political correctness, traditional networks, affirmative action, employee backlash, fear of those who are different and other issues.

    Becoming a Progressive Manager
    Based on a 12-part framework that we introduced on CNN, this leadership model shows how to manage work within a diverse organization so that the best is brought out in employees, consumers and an organization’s bottom line.

     

    • Applying the Techniques of The Progressive Manager
    • Operating in The Progressive Manager’s Universe: A 12-part Framework
    • The Progressive Manager’s 12 Commandments
    • Responding to the Affirmative Action Debate

    Reaching the Underrepresented
    One of our best-known program areas is based on our 2-year research that led to our top-selling book The Best Companies For Minorities (Penguin Books). The following topics address the well-represented as well as the underrepresented groups in your organization.

    • Handling Gender/Race/Ethnicity/Religion/Age/Sexual Orientation/Disability Issues
    • The Best Practices of “The Best Companies” and How They are Screened
    • Eliminating Subtle Bias that Affects Women, Minorities and Others
    • Establishing Employee Groups that Help an Organization′s Bottom Line
    • Creating a Mentorship Program to Help Underrepresented Groups
    • Tips for Improving Recruitment and Retention of Diverse Candidates
    • 11 Principles for Good Corporate Diversity
    • Diversity Training Strategies that Work

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