Is Your Company Ready To Comply With Illinois'​ New Training Requirements?

Ashley Kirkwood - July 23, 2020

On August 9, 2019, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed Senate Bill 75, the Workplace Transparency Act. The Act requires that all Illinois companies provide annual sexual harassment training. These new requirements in Illinois may leave you with a few questions. To answer those questions, my firm, Mobile General Counsel, sponsored a free webinar to discuss the new law, its requirements, and how you can comply.


You can check out the free webinar by watching the video above. If you have additional questions, feel free to email me directly at

What True Workplace Diversity Requires Of  You

Ashley Kirkwood - May 27, 2019

I am a black woman lawyer. I was coached to hide my identity from the very start of my career, an act often called "covering."


When companies say they want more diverse employees, it typically means that they want employees who look different from one another but act similarly. Why? Because company photos need the look of diversity, but company culture often can't handle the feel of true diversity. Your company culture may be crushing true diversity from the inside out, which is why you should replace corporate culture with corporate community.


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Why The "Working Twice As Hard" Mentality Doesn't Work

Ashley Kirkwood - May 27, 2019

I have worked at some of the largest corporations in America. I have also worked at some of the best law firms in this country. By most accounts, I would be considered "successful."


For the most part, I felt prepared to work in corporate America, but I must say, I was not prepared to feel some of the inadequacies, loneliness, and - if I'm keeping it all the way 100 - anger that I felt while working in predominantly White corporate environments. I mean, after all, I was basically told my entire life that as long as I worked twice as hard as everyone else, I would do well and climb the corporate ladder. But what I have concluded is that working twice as hard doesn't work and we should stop giving out that advice.


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