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Diversity Workshop

The purpose of this workshop is to educate attorneys and accountants about:

  • The professional, ethical, and moral obligation of attorneys under the Preamble to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct to preserve and improve our society;
  • That accountants also have a professional responsibilityto maintain high standards in their policies and practices.
  • What diversity, inclusion, and belonging mean, the differences between these terms, and their interconnectedness;
  • Why diversity, inclusion, and belonging are so important, and their benefits;
  • Obstacles to achieving diversity, inclusion, and belonging, including unconscious bias;
  • Ways to overcome these obstacles, including cross-cultural competence;
  • Ways to develop and implement a diversity, inclusion, and belonging initiative; and
  • Achieving both business and diversity and inclusion goals:  a case study.

CLE/CPE Certification:  1 hour of continuing education credit.  Attorneys, please note:  The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism has approved the substance of this course for 1.00 hour of professional responsibility credit (Diversity and Inclusion).  To receive credit for the attending the workshop, following the workshop, attendees should complete the Evaluation Form that will be furnished to them and e-mail it to Jackie Atalla at

This webinar is free to members


Presenter:   Jon Vegosen


Jon is a founding member of Chicago law firm Funkhouser Vegosen Liebman & Dunn Ltd., where he was co-managing partner for many years.  Although Jon provides legal counsel on a wide variety of matters, he has extensive experience working with companies, professional firms, not-for-profit organizations, and boards of directors on employment matters.  He works closely with clients to embrace diversity, inclusion, and belonging.  He also helps clients adopt fair and sound employment policies and practices with respect to matters such as discrimination, harassment, and bullying.  He speaks widely and has authored several articles about these important topics.  Jon has conducted this training for various organizations.

Jon has received the highest of professional peer review ratings, has been designated as a Leading Lawyer in Employment Law by Leading Lawyers Network for many years, and has been chosen as a Super Lawyer in Illinois in employment law for several years.  He has been a member of peer leadership organization Vistage International since 2002 and a Vistage Speaker since 2004.  


Jon has extensive board experience, including serving as Chairman of the Board, President, and CEO of the United States Tennis Association, and Chairman of the US Open, in 2011 and 2012.  He has been the Chairman of the Board of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association since December of 2015.  Jon graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Northwestern University and received his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law, graduating cum laude.

NoteIf you register for this course, then by Tuesday, July 13, 2021, you will be e-mailed a PDF booklet and a Zoom link to join the session.  Should you not receive the booklet or the Zoom link, or if you have technical difficulty joining the session, please e-mail Jackie Atalla at jatalla@staff.escoffier.eduor call her at (630) 306-9822.  The program will start promptly at 12:00 p.m. Central time on July 15, 2021.

Thursday, July 15, 2021, 12:00 PM until 1:15 PM
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Jackie Atalla
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