31 People to Celebrate During Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. Throughout the month, we will recognize Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans who have uniquely contributed to and influenced the United States history, culture and achievements.

Resources For Personal Action Against Anti-Asian Racism, Violence and Rhetoric in the U.S.

At Furia Rubel, we re-commit to expanding our understanding of racism and learning to be true allies, and we stand with those who still live with the toxic impacts of bias and racism every day. With this in mind, we have compiled resources to help readers stand up against violence and rhetoric against Asians, Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders.

28 Resources for Black History Month – One for Each February Day

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans. It provides designated time to recognize African Americans’ central role in U.S. history. In honor of Black History Month / #BlackHistoryMonth, we have compiled 28 resources for you to read, watch, listen to and share: one for each day of the month.

Cultivating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Legal: 3 DE&I Takeaways From #LMA20

The legal industry has the chance to seize a once-in-a-generation opportunity to effect large-scale change regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I). Leaders in legal marketing recognize the opportunity to create a solid foundation from which future generations can grow. This was underscored at the Legal Marketing Association Virtual Annual Conference (#LMA20).

Do You Understand Microaggressions and Their Impact on Diverse Groups?

Today’s definition of a microaggression is credited to Derald Wing Sue, a professor of counseling psychology at Columbia University. Since 2007, he has written several books on microaggressions, including “Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation.”

Is Ageism One of the Last Socially Accepted Prejudices?

Have you gotten your AARP membership info in the mail yet? Or has someone given you a senior discount just because of the way you look? Better yet, how about that postcard from a local 55-and-older independent living community wishing to help you “prepare” for the future? If any of these happened to you recently, how did you feel?

Racist Language and Their Origins

In September 2020, we published this blog which has since reached over 10,000 readers. There are so many words and phrases we use that can be offensive. Overt racism is easy to detect and has been brought to the surface for decades. It includes racial slurs like the “n” word, hate crimes, burning crosses, painting swastikas, violence against immigrants, dressing up in blackface or brownface, blatant use of stereotypes, and more. However, there are things we never knew about racist language which have come to the surface while we are learning to be antiracists.

Commitment Statement to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism

Furia Rubel is deeply committed to and will continue to purposefully discuss and deepen our knowledge, understanding, and commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and antiracism. We strive every day to do better and to be better at our equity, diversity, inclusion, and antiracism efforts to foster an authentic sense of belonging for all.

Creating an Anti-Racism Plan

Furia Rubel reached out to the leaders of every one of our clients to see how they were and how we could support them. The steps, actions, and resources that came out of those conversations can be a helpful resource for other companies trying to pivot to address high-stakes issues in their workplace and the world.

Anti-Racism Resources to Become a Better Ally: UPDATED REGULARLY

Recently, the team at Furia Rubel paused and took time to reflect over the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless others. This was not a passive pause; we have been filled with rage at injustices, overwhelmed with sadness, moved to action, and are having thoughtful conversations about how to be part of the solution. We are listening, reading, and learning about systemic injustices and the history of racism in America. Here are some anti-racism resources to help move the needle of change.

Moving Beyond ‘Slactivism’ to Create Lasting Anti-Racism Change

As anti-racism protests and movements have gained steam over the past few weeks, many supporters are grappling with their next steps. What can we do next to work to create lasting change and make the need for such protests obsolete? For some people, this is a new and maybe somewhat frightening question.

Employee Activist Policies

As a way to create social change and right injustices, activism has been a part of human culture throughout human history. Indeed, activism has been at the heart of social change for centuries. But when it comes to the world of commerce, how do businesses approach social and activist movements? How should businesses handle activists within their own ranks?

A Century Since the Women’s Vote: What Our History Books Missed and How We Can Celebrate It Today

2020 marks 100 years since suffragists won women the right to vote. Ratified on Aug. 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment reads, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”

What an Anti-Racist Business Strategy Looks Like

It’s increasingly clear to many that our systems are – problematically – performing the way they were designed to. We must choose to create anti-racist systems in our companies and communities instead. We need action plans and perseverance, across sectors, to turn this moment into a lasting movement. Learn more from this Harvard Business Review article written by Laysha Ward, executive vice president and chief external engagement officer at Target.


Stepping Outside of Your Comfort Zone to Grow with David Hubbard, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Verizon

Leadership and the Importance of Self-Advocacy in Your Career with Georgetown’s Hillary Sale

Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Field with Francisco Ramos, Partner at Clarke Silverglate

What Law Firm Leaders Need to Know about ESG From Leading Experts

Why Diversity Matters: A Conversation about the Importance of DE&I in Business with Efua Obeng, Marketing Professor at Howard University

Creating Inclusive Work Environments for People with Disabilities with Lifelong Disability Rights Activist, Judith Heumann

The role of General Counsel in Times of Crisis with Maria Feeley, Chief Legal Officer of Washington and Lee University

Antoinette Hubbard, DE&I Leader at Corporate Law Firm, Discusses Business Case for Advancing Diversity Efforts in the Legal Profession

Author Brian Cuban Talks About The Addicted Lawyer and the Addiction Crisis Among Lawyers

Cultivating Meaningful DE&I: The Positive Impact of Pro Bono

Business Development, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Legal Marketing & PR, Media Relations, Law Practice Management

Bloomberg Tax Journalist Kelly Phillips Erb, aka @Taxgirl, Talks Media Relations, Diversity and How Taxes are Fun

Living Fearlessly Authentic with Two-Time World Champion Triathlete, Siri Lindley

Navigating Fertility and Adoption Laws Around the World for Same-Sex Couples with Sharna Cáceres

Helping the Transgender Community through The Name Change Project with Samantha Rothaus of Davis+Gilbert LLP

6abc Action News Co-Anchor, Investigative Reporter and AAPI Journalist, Nydia Han, Goes On Record

International Journalist and Host of The May Lee Show Goes On Record About AAPI Heritage Month

The Reins of Power: How Immigration Law Has Evolved to Reflect Our Countries’ Value System

Coaching for Lawyers with Whittney Beard, Master Certified Coach at Volta Talent Strategies

Navigating ALM Content and Putting It to Use for Lawyers and Legal Marketers with Vanessa Blum, Newsroom Innovation Director

How to Crash Outdated, Nondiverse and Non-inclusive Corporate Operating Systems with Susan Freeman, CEO and founder of The Conscious Inclusion Company

Reflecting on the Meaning of Women’s History Month for Women and Girls Today with Ellen Snortland, Board Member and Goodwill Ambassador of the National Women’s History Alliance

Celebrating Veterans’ Advocacy with Ashley Gorbulja-Maldonado, Public Affairs Specialist at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Framing the American Past to Better Understand Women and Gender History with UC Davis Professors Ellen Hartigan -O’Conner and Lisa Materson

Altering the Course of History for Women and Girls Around the World, with Latanya Mapp Frett, President and CEO of Global Fund for Women

Telling the Stories of Women Who Transformed our Nation with Holly Hotchner, President and CEO of the National Women’s History Museum

Driving Diversity, Inclusion and Intentionality in Legal with Pavani Thagirisa, Associate GC, VP and Global Head of Legal for ESG at S&P Global

A Winning Game Plan for Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Talent

How the #RealCollege Movement and Philadelphia Institutions Communicate during Covid-19 and in 2021 with Deirdre Childress Hopkins

The Importance of Diversity in Education, Public Relations and Corporations, with David Brown of Temple University

Authenticity in Community Banking with Bernard Tynes of Penn Community Bank

The Making of Overhaul of Advocacy, a Resource Database for Allies and Antiracists

How Big Law Volunteers Are Protecting Voting Rights in the 2020 Presidential Election: An Interview with Harold E. Franklin, Jr.

Creating Sustainable Models for Social Change with Ashleigh Huffman, Ph.D., U.S. State Department

ALM’s Global Newsroom, Legal Industry Trends, and Diversity with Molly Miller, Chief Content Officer for ALM Media LLC

Belonging is the Key to DE&I Efforts. An interview with Reggie Shuford, Executive Director of the ACLU-PA

How an Am Law 200 Firm is Working Towards Solutions to 2020’s Challenges with Jeremy Sacks, Pro Bono Committee Chair of Stoel Rives

ASG LegalTech CEO Soumya Nettimi Talks Covid, Racial Injustice and The Future of Legal Payments

How to Create a Sense of Belonging: Diversity and Inclusion with Gia Altreche

Talking with a Time Magazine Top 10 Female Sports Pioneer Ann Meyers Drysdale, Vice President of the Phoenix Suns and Mercury

How Anti-Bias Leadership Coaching Helps Build High Performing Organizations with Laura Lomax of Intercultural Works

Leading Through Crisis: Addressing Anti-Racism in the Workplace Amidst Protest and Pandemic: the Furia Rubel corporate communications team

The Roles of Teamwork and Mentors in Life & Sports with Olympic Silver Medalist Juliene Brazinski Simpson

Achieving Your Dreams Through Resilience: From Homeless to Ms. Pennsylvania with Nikki Johnson-Huston


PUBLIC RELATIONS INDUSTRY: For professionals and agencies in the public relations industry, consider joining the Diversity Action Alliance. It is a coalition of PR and communications leaders joining forces to accelerate progress in the achievement of meaningful and tangible results in diversity, equity and inclusion across the profession. The Diversity Action Alliance brings together leaders of the world’s top public relations organizations in pursuit of an urgent and critically essential goal: to achieve continuous improvement for under-represented groups as measured by recruitment, retention and representation in management.

LEGAL INDUSTRY: For attorneys and professionals in the legal industry, there is the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance. Its charter states its purpose is “To leverage the resources of the private bar in partnership with legal services organizations to amplify the voices of communities and individuals oppressed by racism, to better use the law as a vehicle for change that benefits communities of color and to promote racial equity in the law.”

More than 125 firms across the U.S. that have joined the alliance, which has been featured in several publications, including Lawyer MonthlyAbove the LawThe Global Legal Post, and The American Lawyer.

Other coalitions include: