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Nikki Lewis Simon, senior vice president, shareholder & chief DEI officer at Greenberg Traurig LLP, participated in a video interview during Nareit’s REITwise: 2024 Law, Accounting & Finance Conference held March 19-21 in Hollywood, Florida.

Simon discussed the impact of recent Supreme Court cases on corporate inclusion efforts. Simon noted that despite legal challenges attempting to undermine workplace initiatives following the decisions, many Fortune 1000 companies remain steadfast in their commitment. She emphasized the value of full inclusion in driving innovation, safety, and sharing diverse perspectives within organizations.

Simon outlined five key best practices for fostering inclusion within companies, ranging from establishing dedicated teams to leveraging leadership support.

Reflecting on her role as chief DEI officer, Simon highlighted how her experience has informed her legal advice to clients. She emphasized tailoring support to each client's unique corporate culture, budget, and risk tolerance, ensuring that efforts resonate with employees and leaders alike.