Partner Samantha Mobley has been named for a second consecutive year as an EMPower Advocate, as part of the EMPower Ethnic Minority Role Models 2019, presented by Yahoo Finance. She has moved up two places in this year's list, breaking into the Top Ten.
EMPower is a membership organisation that exists to challenge the lack of ethnic diversity in business – particularly at the most senior levels.
In 2019, Samantha was a key supporter in the introduction of ethnicity workforce targets and publishing the ethnicity pay gap, alongside the statutory gender pay reporting. She is working hard to achieve the Firm's ambition for a minimum 14% BAME representation through all levels, with a specific focus on partnership and senior leadership positions.
In October 2017, Samantha alongside the BakerEthnicity group launched the Colour Brave campaign, resulting in almost half of all Baker McKenzie employees signing up to the pledge, vowing to become more comfortable with the uncomfortable conversations about race. Since then, Samantha has continued to champion the ethnicity agenda through regular participation in BakerEthnicity.
On appointment to the London Management Committee, Samantha has sought to maximise her increased platform to pursue the agenda with her peers. To further the conversation on race equality, Samantha has participated in building an understanding of the intersectional lens on identities. The introduction of ethnicity targets and the leadership approach to operationalise this change is further supported by Samantha's advocacy.
Commenting, Sarah Gregory, Inclusion and Diversity partner at Baker McKenzie, "This nomination reflects the hard work shown by Samantha over the last two years since the roll-out of the Colour Brave campaign and her role in our diversity and inclusion programmes. She is a strong supporter of BakerEthnicity and she has been instrumental in achieving the Firm's objectives by driving greater awareness of ethnic minority inclusion, and now she has been appointed to the London Management Committee, she is well placed to maximise the impact of her work."