Chief Diversity & Attorney Development Officer
Thompson Coburn LLP
As Chief Diversity & Attorney Development Officer, Norma serves as a thought leader and resource to Firm leadership, and actively collaborates with practice leaders, committee leaders, and the Firm’s Management Committee to develop and drive the execution of the Firm’s talent development, and diversity and inclusion strategies.
Norma supports internal affinity groups, leads work on the Total Commitment Women’s Initiative program, and facilitates Thompson Coburn’s frequent partnerships and collaborations with bar associations and law student associations in each of our markets. She also works to maintain the Firm’s top-tier rankings for national workplace honors. Norma has also enhanced existing professional development offerings and created new opportunities for attorney to advance in their careers.
Norma is skilled at identifying needed areas of improvement and developing smart, practical diversity strategies. The underlying goal of these strategies is the same: Create welcoming work environments and lay the groundwork for the lasting success of professionals. Norma is responsible for the Firm’s Mansfield certification process and serves as an advisory board member for Diversity Lab, which determined the Mansfield certification standards for promoting diversity in law firm hiring, promotions and governance.