Valerie Jackson is the Senior Advisor to the Management Committee and Firmwide Director of Diversity and Inclusion for K&L Gates. A former securities and corporate governance lawyer, Valerie leverages fifteen years of legal industry experience to lead culture change efforts across the firm’s offices in the Americas, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Middle East, while developing partnerships with firm clients and advising business leaders on growing revenue through smart talent strategies and increased client and employee engagement.
During Valerie’s tenure at K&L Gates, the firm has been recognized as a Top Ten Family Friendly Firm, with specific honors in the Gender Equity category, by Yale Law Women; was named the “Outstanding Law Firm for Furthering Women’s Advancement” by Chambers USA for our work in the areas of recruitment, retention and promotion; is rated a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality by the Human Rights Campaign’s (US) Corporate Equality Index survey, and is rated a Top 50 Employer for LGBT Equality by the Stonewall (UK) Workplace Equality Index. The firm also has received numerous recognitions from clients for our diverse client teams and leadership.
Valerie was a founding member of the Executive Leadership Board of the E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (DuPont) Minority Counsel Network and served on the Board of NALP, the premier association for legal career professionals in the U.S. and Canada. She also served on the Advisory Council of the Public Leadership Education Network, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to preparing college women for leadership, and co-founded The Seneca, Inc., a nonprofit organization that has focused on increasing opportunities for women at Harvard University for nearly twenty years. Recently named a “NALP Diversity Champion,” Valerie is a recipient of The Network Journal’s “40 Under 40” Achievement Award.
Valerie coaches professionals around the world on developing successful and satisfying careers and speaks nationally on business development, talent development, and diversity and inclusion in legal and corporate environments. A classically trained pianist, Valerie has lived in six countries and can communicate in eight languages.