Cleveland is most recently known as a city of champions for obvious reasons. The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio works all year around to ensure that our region is also recognized for being a champion of diversity and inclusion.
Dedicated to wiping out bias and racism, The Diversity Center works to inform and empower local youth through overnight retreats, conferences, in-class training and afterschool activities. Its programs help children overcome personal struggles, like bullying, and provide educators with tools they need to address these challenges. “These programs give children the experience to talk about issues they wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to talk about,” said Peggy Zone Fisher, president and chief executive officer of The Diversity Center. “We make it fun as well.”
Each year The Diversity Center challenges local law firms to raise funds for its spring Walk, Rock & Run event, which steps off from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in downtown Cleveland. The Walk is a family and community-oriented event that draws in about 7,000 people.
This year, for the fourth year in a row, Thompson Hine has taken home the gold and won the Diversity Center’s Law Firm Challenge. WKYC news anchor Russ Mitchell presented the trophy at a recent ceremony.
Robyn Minter Smyers, Partner-in-Charge for Cleveland Thompson Hine, spoke highly of the work the Diversity Center does for Northeast Ohio, saying, “Diversity and inclusion are our core values. We have been a tremendous partner to the organization in terms of professional training for our entire firm. They help us internally to be a more inclusive workplace. They also help us live our values.”
The partnership between Thompson and Hine and the Diversity Center continues to grow as the law firm has partners who have been on the center’s board of directors for more than three decades.
“We believe in the work that they are doing in the community and we believe in the work that they do side-by-side with us,” said Smyers. “We believe that it’s incredibly important for long term success for our community.”