The Bass Institute for Diversity & Inclusion

Founded in 2018 by Hilarie Bass, the Bass Institute for Diversity & Inclusion works with senior management of companies, law firms and institutions around the world to identify and create effective strategies to retain women throughout their careers, and elevate them to senior management roles. The institute's work is based on intimate knowledge of why women leave companies and the factors that can help make them stay.

Tap Into All Available Talent

For companies to reach their fullest potential, they must successfully tap into all available talent. Those that do not successfully recruit a diverse workforce, create an inclusive workplace where women want to work and grow their careers, retain these high-potential employees, and help them to take senior management roles, will miss out on more than half of the talent otherwise available to them. 

Companies have invested heavily in recruiting the smartest, most capable women, but are failing to retain them as they advance in their careers. Instead, these women too often leave organizations long before their employers can truly benefit from everything the women bring to the table, and well before they can be elevated to leadership positions. The failure to retain and develop this talent carries a high cost in lost investment, and puts those organizations at a competitive disadvantage.

 
 
 
 

Our Founder & President

Hilarie Bass

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After more than 35 years working in the male-dominated field of law, Hilarie Bass realized that companies are not doing their best to utilize all the valuable talent in the workforce. She founded the Bass Institute for Diversity & Inclusion because she knew firsthand that the problem of retaining and elevating women in the C-suite was far from solved. 

 Hilarie is a global evangelist for gender parity and an outspoken advocate for expanding the ranks of women leaders at corporations, nonprofits and other institutions. She is also one of the most recognized attorneys in the United States, having served as co-president of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig from 2013 to 2018 and as president of the American Bar Association (ABA) from September 2017 to August 2018. In late 2018, Hilarie left the law profession to launch the Bass Institute for Diversity & Inclusion.

Throughout her law career, Hilarie fought for greater participation for women in the top ranks of law firms. At Greenberg Traurig, in addition to serving as its president and heading the firm’s 600-member litigation department for eight years, she founded and chaired its Women's Initiative for many years. At the ABA, the world’s largest voluntary professional organization with more than 400,000 members, Hilarie traveled the world speaking about the insidious damage of implicit bias in the workplace and the importance of retaining and promoting female leaders. She also created a task force at the ABA on implicit bias in the justice system. 

 During her illustrious 38-year career in litigation, Hilarie worked on landmark legal cases, including widely recognized pro bono work on behalf of two foster children that led to the elimination of the state of Florida’s 20-year-old ban on gay adoption. Hilarie is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only organization that includes only the top 1% of lawyers. She is also the current Chair-Elect for University of Miami’s Board of Trustees. She was also consistently ranked among the top US lawyers by Chambers USA Guide, The Best Lawyers in America, Lawdragon 500, Legal 500 United States, Florida Trendmagazine's “Legal Elite,” Super Lawyersand many others. 

 

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