“Most of my heroes don’t appear on no stamps.” — Public Enemy

Theresa Cropper
Theresa Cropper

This week, I had the opportunity to catch up with Theresa Cropper, the Chief Diversity Officer for Perkins Coie, LLP. She has a plethora of experience in community organizing as well as diversity and inclusion initiatives.

After spending 14 years at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law focused on improving D&I amongst law students, she moved into Biglaw to improve D&I amongst attorneys. In 2015, she was named to the Hall of Fame of the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association (BESLA).

Cropper’s energy is contagious and she has a wonderful sense of storytelling. Her history with some of the greats including Dr. Martin Luther King, Reverend Jesse Jackson, and Stevie Wonder is captivating. I was truly inspired by her ability to recite history along with her optimism for our future.

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