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Shakema Appleton

Shakema AppletonShakema Appleton (she, her, hers) is a diversity and inclusion professional at Cozen O’Connor, a full-service law firm that has more than 750 attorneys in 27 cities across two continents and ranked among the top 100 firms in the country. Shakema is a highly effective, results-oriented strategic visionary that inspires a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion beyond compliance and onto skill and competence.

In her current role, Shakema is responsible for tracking all diversity metrics – analyzing and generalizing data to show trends and impact across the firm; helping to enhance diversity and inclusion education efforts such as the development and facilitation of training/workshops, tools and resources; and researching, benchmarking, developing and executing the ERG strategy through project plans, communications, stakeholder engagement, timelines and milestones.

While at Cozen O’Connor, Shakema helped to successfully launch an LGBTQ+ ERG for administrative employees at the firm. Shakema has made herself a resource for the group by being an avid listener and spokesperson to senior leadership. She understands that LGBTQ+ self-identified individuals are a diverse group with unique needs. Shakema is committed to improving the climate of diverse individuals and shows that commitment though continued education and partnerships with local organizations.

While at Cozen O’Connor, Shakema helped to successfully launch an LGBTQ+ ERG for administrative employees at the firm. Shakema has made herself a resource for the group by being an avid listener and spokesperson to senior leadership. She understands that LGBTQ+ self-identified individuals are a diverse group with unique needs. Shakema is committed to improving the climate of diverse individuals and shows that commitment though continued education and partnerships with local organizations.

While at Cozen O’Connor, Shakema helped to successfully launch an LGBTQ+ ERG for administrative employees at the firm. Shakema has made herself a resource for the group by being an avid listener and spokesperson to senior leadership. She understands that LGBTQ+ self-identified individuals are a diverse group with unique needs. Shakema is committed to improving the climate of diverse individuals and shows that commitment though continued education and partnerships with local organizations.

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