May. 15 2020

This month, we highlight Nnenna Opara, a litigation attorney located in the firm’s Atlanta office.

“Belonging” is a word we hear a lot, but what does it represent in the workplace? In February of 2019, content creator Liz Fosslien and organizational designer Mollie West Duffy published “No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work.” In this guide, Fosslien and West Duffy describe that the most innovative workplaces help employees feel a sense of belonging, famously coining: “Diversity is having a seat at the table, inclusion is having a voice and belonging is having that voice be heard.” Their commitment to this message is partnered with their passion in guiding organizations into building a culture of belonging. “Inclusion and belonging make diversity work,” they add.

A challenge? “People tend to associate themselves with people that look like them,” says Nnenna Opara, MGC Atlanta litigation attorney and the focus of this month’s Belong @ MGC spotlight. “I think it limits the ability to grow as professionals, entrepreneurs and also as people,” she adds. “Diversity and inclusion is essential to expanding opportunities, building relationships, but also being better people and attorneys for our clients and the individual people we represent.” In sum, recruiting and retaining diverse backgrounds has the potential for organizational growth, leading to increased innovation and better decision making – just to name two primary benefits. There is also the substantial opportunity for personal growth within the workplace.

“We evolve as people and as a company when diverse representation exists,” Nnenna continues.

She also mentions an overlooked point: “Companies are looking for diverse representation that is not just a numbers game but a genuine commitment coupled with action.” “MGC has demonstrated the commitment to diversity and inclusion, and I am excited to see the growth in each office,” Nnenna adds.

What’s Nnenna currently reading?

“Success Through Diversity: Why the Most Inclusive Companies Will Win” by Carol Fulp, which explores the benefits of proactively investing in a diverse workforce.