Parna Mehrbani Discusses DEI Councils for Partners in Diversity

Tonkon Torp partner Parna Mehrbani was a featured panelist at the October 26 Breakfast for Champions event hosted by Partners in Diversity (PID). The panel topic was building an effective DEI council (often referred to as a DEI Committee). The speakers shared perspectives from both internal and external DEI councils in a variety of industries. During the discussion, the speakers shared insight into the structure of their respective councils, how participants are selected and compensated, and how the council’s impact is measured within the organization. They also explored questions about how to maintain momentum for long-standing councils, and getting top leadership involved.

Breakfast for Champions is an educational experience for members of PID. The events help organizations learn impactful approaches to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion through expert panels, presentations, workshops, and open dialogue. PID is a program of the Portland Business Alliance Charitable Institute.

Parna is Co-Chair of Tonkon Torp’s Information Privacy & Security Practice Group, and a partner in its Intellectual Property Practice Group. Her practice is focused on intellectual property, trademark and copyright registration, licensing and enforcement, and advising on intellectual property portfolios for local, national, and international companies. She also advises businesses on the management and security of personal data and the laws that regulate the collection, use, and protection of personal data.

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