Nicole Shanahan, Andrew Yang, Michelle Wu, Andrew Toy, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, and Payal Kadakia’s Inaugural Gold Gala AAPI Advice

“Everything is gold, everything is equal / Posted on the porch just chilling, me and my people.Macklemore

On Saturday, the 2022 A100 List — the annual award honoring the 100 most impactful Asians and Pacific Islanders — manifested into the first-ever Gold Gala hosted by Gold House, the leading AAPI changemaker community of cultural leaders, executives, and creatives.

The night’s theme was “A New Gold Age” to reflect the current era of unparalleled AAPI brilliance, even in the face of continued violence and racism against our community. The gala was hosted in collaboration with Meta as a continuation of their long-standing partnership to grow and celebrate AAPI voices and brands through education, access, and amplification.

The night felt surreal — from talking to others who often felt unseen, to celebrating representation in all its forms. The Asian diaspora was beautiful. The uplifting of Asian excellence and heritage was awe-inspiring. It felt truly special being part of the event, but it’s even better knowing that those who attended were willing to share their time and advice with the Above the Law audience for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2022.

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Why Chasity Boyce and Tiffany Harper Co-Founded DAPP, And Their Mission To Train Women of Color

“Every interview I’m representing you, making you proud / Reach for the stars so if you fall, you land on a cloud.” – Kanye West

This week, I had the opportunity to catch up with the amazing Diversity Attorney Pipeline Program (DAPP) co-founders Chasity Boyce and Tiffany Harper.

Boyce is a former litigator who is now working in the Chicago office of an Am Law 100 law firm on the global diversity and inclusion team.

Harper is in-house counsel at one of the top accounting firms in the country.

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Maryland Law Alum And Chief Diversity Officer Lynnette Espy-Williams On Honing Your Craft, Finding A Champion, And Changing Cities

“May you see your dreams allowed / Before you see them from a cloud.” — Wale

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Lynnette D. Espy-Williams

This month, Cozen O’Connor announced its appointment of Lynnette D. Espy-Williams as its first Chief Diversity Officer.

Espy-Williams has had quite a career with the firm and will most definitely leave a footprint on its diversity and inclusion efforts going forward. After graduating from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law in 2006, Espy-Williams served as a judicial intern to former Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears of the Supreme Court of Georgia.

She started her career at Cozen O’Connor as a contract attorney, then was promoted to an associate, became a partner in 2013, and was appointed as a Vice Chair, Office Managing Partner in 2015. Needless to say, her career advancement has been quite impressive.

This week, Lynnette D. Espy-Williams was gracious to spend some time with us and share her thoughts on moving from Atlanta to Washington, D.C., advice for those just starting out on their career journeys, and strategies for finding mentors and sponsors in the workplace.

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