Diversity & Inclusion
At Smith Debnam, we believe an organization that is truly diverse and inclusive is one where all individuals feel valued, respected, and supported regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, ability, or any other aspect of their identity. We ensure every member of our team recognizes the value of diversity and actively participates in effectuating an environment where everyone can thrive.
Our Diversity and Inclusion Committee works closely with firm management in developing and implementing initiatives that further the following objectives:
- Enriching employee engagement by promoting professional development and providing meaningful assignments with opportunities for success and advancement
- Attracting and retaining a diverse workforce at all levels of the firm
- Fostering an environment of inclusion, transparency, and communication throughout the firm
- Aligning our service model with the diverse needs of our clients and community
Meet the Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Lynn Wilson McNally is an esteemed attorney and a dedicated advocate for diversity and inclusion within the legal profession. As an Equity Partner and member of the Executive Committee at Smith Debnam, she not only excels in her role as a Family Law specialist but also plays a crucial part in promoting diversity and inclusion as the Chairperson of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Committee.
Lynn has been an active member of Smith Debnam’s D&I Committee since its inception, and she was previously involved in the informal task force that paved the way for the committee’s establishment. Her strong commitment to creating a work environment that fosters employee happiness, health, mentorship, and diversity motivated her to join the committee and actively promote its initiatives.
As the Chairperson of the D&I Committee, Lynn holds significant responsibilities within the firm. She is a member of the Firm Wide Events Subcommittee, working diligently to organize events that celebrate diversity and create opportunities for learning and understanding. Lynn is also involved in the Planning for the Next 50 Years Subcommittee, where she contributes her insights and expertise to shape the firm’s future direction with a focus on diversity and inclusion.
Lynn is particularly passionate about ensuring Smith Debnam reflects the diversity of its community, and she actively seeks learning experiences that expose her to different cultures and backgrounds. Lynn is driven to empower individuals from diverse populations to grow professionally in their desired paths. She envisions Smith Debnam as a place where diverse candidates who aspire to build careers in the legal industry can find opportunities and support.
Both personal and professional experiences have profoundly shaped Lynn’s perspective on diversity and inclusion. Her parents played a significant role in instilling in her a strong commitment to fostering friendships with people from different backgrounds and standing against discrimination. Lynn’s own experiences as a woman in the legal profession have made her acutely aware of discrimination and its impact. She strives to ensure that others do not have to endure such experiences and works towards creating positive change and understanding by leveraging her personal and professional privileges.
Lynn’s dedication to promoting diversity and inclusion, combined with her legal chops and leadership within Smith Debnam, makes her an invaluable asset to the firm. Her unwavering commitment to cultivating an inclusive work environment reflects her deep-rooted belief in the power of diversity to drive positive change and enhance the legal profession as a whole.
Sally Barbano is the Office Manager at Smith Debnam, where she not only supports the firm’s overall facility and office service needs but also plays a crucial role on the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Committee.
As an integral member of Smith Debnam’s D&I Committee for the past year, Sally’s motivation to join and actively promote diversity and inclusion stems from her interactions with the people at the firm. Working closely with colleagues from various practice areas as part of the Administrative Team, Sally recognizes the value of providing inclusive opportunities for individuals to connect and experience the diverse community within the firm.
Within the D&I Committee, Sally’s primary focus is providing logistical support. Leveraging her expertise in planning and executing group and firmwide events, she plays a pivotal role in facilitating the Committee’s initiatives and promoting their mission. Sally’s passion lies in celebrating people and their differences at Smith Debnam. She firmly believes that fostering engagement among colleagues from diverse backgrounds leads to greater employee satisfaction and contributes to the firm’s overall growth.
Sally’s perspective on diversity and inclusion has been shaped by her experiences in the legal field. Having worked in firms of varying styles, sizes, structures, and cultures, she has observed the stereotypical perception of the legal profession as a boys’ club with outdated traditions. However, at Smith Debnam, the firm’s dedication to its employees and clients, coupled with a forward-thinking and progressive approach, has instilled in Sally a strong belief in celebrating diversity and promoting inclusion. As a member of the D&I Committee, she is committed to advancing these efforts, striving to create a more inclusive and diverse work environment at Smith Debnam.
Tenisha D. Hilsman is an accomplished Lead Paralegal Assistant with a remarkable tenure of 13 years at Smith Debnam. While she excels in her role in the Consumer Collections section, her passion for diversity and inclusion has led her to make significant contributions as a member of Smith Debnam’s D&I Committee.
Motivated by the desire to create a diverse and inclusive work environment, Tenisha has been an active member of the committee since its inception. Her dedication to promoting diversity and inclusion stems from her belief in the power of inclusivity to foster collaboration, innovation, and equality throughout the firm.
Within the D&I Committee, Tenisha has played a pivotal role in driving initiatives that celebrate and embrace diversity. She has served on various subcommittees, including the Literary Alliance Book Club, Small Groups Luncheon Meetups, Courageous Conversations, and the D&I Newsletter. Tenisha’s contributions to these initiatives have been invaluable, as she brings her expertise, insights, and commitment to ensuring that diverse voices are heard and valued.
Tenisha is particularly passionate about the Literary Alliance Book Club, recognizing the transformative power of literature to promote empathy, understanding, and dialogue. Through Small Groups Luncheon Meetups and Courageous Conversations, she actively fosters open and honest discussions about diversity, equity, and inclusion, encouraging a culture of respect and acceptance within the organization. Additionally, Tenisha has been instrumental in curating and disseminating the D&I Newsletter, utilizing the power of communication to raise awareness, share success stories, and inspire continued progress.
Her perspective on diversity and inclusion has been shaped by both personal and professional experiences. Having resided in culturally diverse communities in Brooklyn and Queens, New York, for over three decades, she deeply understands the value and richness that diverse backgrounds bring to any environment. Tenisha’s exposure to multiculturalism has instilled in her a profound appreciation for the importance of fostering an inclusive workplace where individuals from all walks of life feel welcome, respected, and empowered.
Outside of her professional endeavors, Tenisha is an avid traveler who encourages friends, family, and colleagues to explore different cultures and broaden their horizons. Additionally, she actively volunteers as a member of the Junior League of Raleigh, channeling her energy into community involvement and making a positive impact beyond the workplace.
With her extensive experience, unwavering commitment to diversity and inclusion, and her ability to drive meaningful change, Tenisha is a driving force within Smith Debnam’s D&I Committee. Her contributions continue to shape the organization’s culture, ensuring that diversity and inclusion remain at the forefront of its values and practices.
Melissa Tulis Smith
Melissa Tulis Smith is not only an accomplished associate attorney at Smith Debnam but also a dedicated advocate for diversity and inclusion within the firm. With a tenure of three years, Melissa has made significant contributions as a member of Smith Debnam’s D&I Committee for the past two years.
Motivated by a desire to represent the associate attorneys at the firm and support the D&I Committee’s mission, Melissa joined the committee when there were no other associate attorneys actively involved. By doing so, she became a valuable ambassador, amplifying the voices and concerns of her fellow associates. Melissa recognized the importance of associate support in promoting diversity and inclusion initiatives, and she eagerly took on the responsibility.
Within the D&I Committee, Melissa plays a pivotal role as a co-leader of the Food Drive subcommittee. This subcommittee takes charge of organizing and facilitating the annual firm-wide food drive. Melissa’s leadership and organizational skills have been instrumental in ensuring the success of this initiative, which not only helps those in need but also fosters a sense of unity and philanthropy within the firm.
While Melissa’s primary role lies within the Food Drive subcommittee, she actively engages in collaborative discussions with other committee members to broaden her understanding of diversity and inclusion. These interactions have provided her with valuable insights and perspectives, shaping her own approach to promoting inclusivity within the firm.
Melissa is particularly passionate about increasing diversity at all levels of the organization and creating an environment where every staff member feels welcome and included. Her commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace extends beyond her role on the committee. She actively advocates for equal opportunities and strives to create a culture of respect and acceptance within the firm.
As an associate attorney in the Consumer Collections practice group, Melissa demonstrates a high level of preparedness, efficiency, and client advocacy. Her dedication to excellence and her ability to navigate complex collection litigation processes have earned her a reputation for reliability and integrity among her clients and colleagues.
Melissa Tulis Smith is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and South Carolina. She holds a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Campbell University’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Nicholaus Shane DeLorme, known as Shane, is a committed advocate for diversity and inclusion at Smith Debnam. Since January 2022, Shane has played a pivotal role as a member of the firm’s D&I Committee, focusing on promoting inclusivity and fostering a diverse work environment.
Shane’s journey into the committee was sparked by a former member who recognized his graphic design background and approached him to assist with the newsletter. Intrigued by the opportunity to make a meaningful impact, Shane eagerly joined the committee and became the co-editor of the newsletter. He successfully revitalized this communication channel, leveraging his creativity and design skills to share important updates, stories, and perspectives on D&I initiatives within the firm.
In addition to his newsletter responsibilities, Shane actively participates in discussions, providing valuable insights and ideas to drive the committee’s initiatives forward. He ensures that diverse voices are heard and encourages open conversations on sensitive topics. Passionate about giving a voice to the LGBTQIA+ community, Shane fearlessly advocates for equality and inclusion, contributing to a more supportive and respectful work environment for all employees.
Shane’s involvement in the D&I Committee complements his role as a Database Administrator within the Consumer Collections team at Smith Debnam. He excels in automating processes, streamlining workflows, and leveraging technology to enhance efficiency. By applying his technical expertise to D&I efforts, Shane brings a unique perspective to the committee, using his skills to amplify diverse voices and contribute to a culture of inclusion.
Outside of his professional endeavors, Shane finds joy in his passion for theme parks and roller coasters. As an enthusiast, he has experienced 195 unique roller coasters, a testament to his adventurous spirit and love for excitement.
Shane’s commitment to amplifying diverse voices, his technical expertise, and his passion for creating an inclusive work environment make him an invaluable asset to the committee and the firm as a whole.
Aquila Carmon is a dedicated Recovery Agent with a strong commitment to helping clients and consumers alike. With one month of tenure in the Consumer Collections department at Smith Debnam, Aquila recently joined Smith Debnam’s D&I Committee, bringing his unique perspective and commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion within the organization.
Aquila holds a Diploma in Theology from the Greater Mount Zion Bible Institute and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a focus on Project Management at Purdue University Global. His diverse educational background underscores his adaptability and willingness to explore new horizons.
With years of experience as a collections manager and two years as a property manager, Aquila has honed his skills in working with individuals from various backgrounds. His Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt certification is a testament to his commitment to efficiency and excellence in his work. In addition, Aquila is a licensed insurance agent, expanding his expertise beyond collections.
Outside of work, Aquila is passionate about financial literacy, personal budgeting, money management, and building and maintaining positive credit. He actively promotes these topics to empower individuals in managing their finances effectively. Moreover, as an ordained Minister and Pastor of a small church in Wilson, NC, Aquila leads initiatives focused on community outreach, including supporting local schools, organizing backpack drives, and providing holiday meals to families in need.
Motivated by a desire to be a voice for those who might feel unheard, Aquila joined Smith Debnam’s D&I committee approximately two weeks into his tenure with the firm. While his specific role and responsibilities within the committee are still evolving, he is eager to contribute his insights and passion to further the cause of diversity and inclusion at Smith Debnam.
Aquila is particularly passionate about highlighting the value of individuals regardless of their background, appearance, or cultural differences. His personal and professional experiences have shaped his perspective on diversity and inclusion. As a black male, he understands the emotional impact of unfounded accusations and the challenges faced by minority communities. Professionally, he has encountered the mental strain of working diligently and being overlooked or under-compensated. These experiences drive his commitment to advocating for a more inclusive and equitable workplace.
In his new role as a member of Smith Debnam’s D&I Committee, Aquila brings his passion for promoting diversity and inclusion, fueled by personal and professional experiences, to make a positive difference within the organization.
Katherine Wood, SPHR
Katherine Wood is the passionate and dedicated Human Resources Manager at Smith Debnam, where she has been an integral part of the team since October 2021. Beyond her essential role in overseeing all strategic HR functions for the firm’s Raleigh and Charleston offices, Katherine’s true passion lies in her involvement with Smith Debnam’s Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Committee.
From the moment she joined Smith Debnam, Katherine eagerly joined the D&I Committee, making a lasting impact. The driving force behind her decision is her strong belief in fostering an inclusive and supportive workplace where all employees feel valued and appreciated. Witnessing the remarkable sense of inclusivity and camaraderie among staff, she is determined to utilize her knowledge and resources to contribute to the committee’s mission of promoting diversity and inclusion.
Within the D&I Committee, Katherine plays a crucial role by providing valuable insights on D&I initiatives from an HR perspective. Leveraging her expertise, she actively serves on subcommittees dedicated to external communications/public relations and training initiatives. By doing so, Katherine ensures that the committee’s efforts align with industry trends and best practices, making meaningful strides towards an equitable and diverse workforce.
Katherine’s passion for diversity and inclusion extends beyond her professional responsibilities. She is particularly enthusiastic about engaging employees from all practice areas and deeply values the committee’s impact on the broader community. As someone who has seen firsthand how employees can be affected by various situations and environments, she is driven to create positive experiences for everyone at Smith Debnam.
Katherine remarkable dedication to promoting diversity and inclusion, both within Smith Debnam and in the broader community, exemplifies her role as a trailblazer and advocate for a workplace that embraces everyone’s unique perspectives and backgrounds. Her relentless efforts as an influential member of the D&I Committee contribute significantly to Smith Debnam’s commitment to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all.
Skylar Parks brings a unique blend of education and professional experience to her role as File Intake Clerk and a valuable member of the firm’s D&I Committee, having graduated from East Carolina University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree at North Carolina Central University.
Skylar’s journey to Smith Debnam includes valuable experiences as a Verification Specialist, where she conducted background checks, and as an Office Coordinator for a physical therapy company. Her commitment to professional excellence is underscored by her status as a Notary Public for the state of North Carolina.
Skylar joined Smith Debnam’s Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Committee in August 2023, demonstrating her passion for promoting diversity and inclusion within the firm. She believes in the fundamental importance of valuing every individual in the workplace, regardless of circumstances. Skylar’s motivation to join the committee stems from her desire to engage with colleagues from various parts of the firm, gaining insights into their unique perspectives.
While Skylar’s specific role and responsibilities within the D&I Committee continue to evolve, her dedication to fostering a welcoming and inclusive workplace environment is evident. She is particularly passionate about ensuring that everyone feels not only welcomed but also a genuine sense of belonging within the organization.
Skylar’s perspective on diversity and inclusion is deeply influenced by her background as a student athlete, a journey that began at the young age of five and continued through her college career. This experience opened her eyes to a rich tapestry of diverse individuals, experiences, and communities, further fueling her commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion within Smith Debnam.
Beyond her professional pursuits, Skylar finds joy in spending quality time with her family and friends. When she’s not at the office, you’ll often find her outdoors with a captivating book in hand, a reflection of her diverse interests.
Skylar Parks embodies the values of Smith Debnam’s D&I Committee and is making a significant difference by contributing her unique insights and passion to the firm’s ongoing efforts to create an inclusive and diverse workplace where all can thrive.
Nicholas Bateman is a dedicated paralegal in the Consumer Collections department at Smith Debnam and an active and valued member of Smith Debnam’s D&I Committee.
Nicholas is driven by his passion for encouraging individuals, particularly those who tend to be more reserved, to express their opinions and contribute their ideas. He strongly believes in creating a welcoming work environment where every employee feels empowered to share their perspectives and where genuine efforts are made to transform good ideas into reality.
Within the D&I Committee, Nicholas plays a supportive role, working closely with different leaders to ensure the smooth implementation of initiatives. He currently contributes to the Courageous Conversations initiative and actively participates in a small group dedicated to driving positive change within the firm.
Nicholas’s personal and professional experiences have greatly shaped his perspective on diversity and inclusion. He has observed throughout his career and education that individuals with valuable insights often choose not to speak up due to personal anxieties or a lack of support for free thought and idea exchange within organizations. Recognizing the inefficiency and unrealized potential that arise from this, Nicholas is passionate about creating an inclusive environment that values and incorporates diverse thoughts and ideas.
In his role on the D&I Committee, Nicholas focuses on empowering employees to voice their ideas and contribute to the firm’s growth. He firmly believes that when individuals feel heard and valued, they become more invested in their work and enjoy a professional environment they have actively helped to shape.
With his strong work ethic, empathy, and enthusiasm for diversity and inclusion, Nicholas contributes significantly to Smith Debnam’s efforts in creating an equitable and inclusive workplace where all employees can thrive.
Rachel E. Rogers
Rachel Rogers is an associate attorney within the Consumer Collections group at Smith Debnam, and she plays a pivotal role on the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Committee.
With a strong commitment to fostering an inclusive workplace, Rachel’s involvement in promoting diversity and inclusion at Smith Debnam is paramount.
Rachel joined Smith Debnam’s D&I Committee shortly after joining the firm, and she has been an active member for approximately a year. Her motivation to join the committee stems from her genuine passion for diversity and inclusion, as she recognized the opportunity to contribute to and support the existing initiatives at the firm.
Within the D&I Committee, Rachel holds the position of a small group leader. In this role, she facilitates quarterly get-togethers that encourage members of the firm to connect with individuals outside their immediate work vicinity. These gatherings provide an opportunity for colleagues to interact, fostering a sense of community and familiarity within the organization. Additionally, these sessions serve as platforms for open discussions on various topics related to diversity and inclusion.
Rachel is particularly passionate about ensuring a diverse and inclusive environment at Smith Debnam. As an attorney within the firm, she recognizes the importance of using her voice to advocate for those who may face challenges in expressing themselves or lack representation. Rachel firmly believes that an inclusive workplace leads to greater employee satisfaction and overall success.
Rachel’s perspective on diversity and inclusion has been shaped by both personal and professional experiences. She draws inspiration from her best friend, a gay man, and has witnessed firsthand the obstacles he has faced in navigating the work world. These experiences have provided her with a unique perspective and a deep understanding of the issues that individuals from underrepresented communities encounter.
As a licensed attorney in North and South Carolina and a graduate with honors in Political Science from North Carolina State University, Rachel Rogers brings not only her legal expertise but also her dedication to promoting diversity and inclusion to Smith Debnam. Her role on the D&I Committee allows her to actively contribute to creating an inclusive workplace environment where all employees feel valued, respected, and empowered.
Ralph Lazaro has been an integral part of the Smith Debnam team for the past 23 years, serving as the Lead Recovery Agent in our Creditors’ Rights practice area, and more recently, taking on an important position as a member of Smith Debnam’s D&I Committee.
Motivated by the desire to promote diversity and inclusion within the firm, Ralph joined the committee with the aim of ensuring that his team’s voices are heard and represented. Recognizing the significant representation of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Arab individuals on his team compared to the rest of the firm, Ralph feels a strong sense of responsibility as a white cis male in a leadership position. He understands the importance of fostering an inclusive environment where every team member feels valued and included.
Passionate about various aspects of diversity and inclusion, Ralph firmly believes that everyone should be welcomed and accepted everywhere. He values the fundamental rights of every individual to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. His personal and professional experiences have played a significant role in shaping his perspective on diversity and inclusion. Growing up in New York City and having a diverse family background, Ralph was raised to treat everyone equally. However, he also witnessed instances where members of his own family treated people differently, highlighting the need for open conversations and understanding.
As a dedicated professional, Ralph strives to create an inclusive and supportive environment for his team. His involvement in the D&I Committee further demonstrates his commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion within Smith Debnam. By leveraging his leadership position and advocating for underrepresented voices, Ralph aims to contribute to the firm’s ongoing efforts to foster an inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued and respected.
Chris Starkey is an accomplished professional with a deep commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion within Smith Debnam.
As Recovery Operations Manager and member of our D&I Committee, Chris makes significant contributions daily to the firm beyond his primary responsibilities.
Motivated by a genuine desire to represent his fellow team members and advanced the firm’s diversity and inclusion initiatives, Chris eagerly joined Smith Debnam’s D&I Committee in 2023. As a committee member, Chris actively participates in discussions about important topics and issues that resonate with his colleagues. Leveraging his extensive experience working in diverse environments, he brings a valuable perspective to the committee’s initiatives and decision-making processes.
Chris’ personal and professional experiences have profoundly shaped his perspective on diversity and inclusion. Having always worked in highly diverse environments, he is keenly aware of the importance of creating an inclusive workplace where every individual feels valued and respected. Chris’ dedication to learning and growth drives his continuous efforts to expand his understanding of the challenges faced by marginalized groups.
Outside of his role on the D&I Committee, Chris is an accomplished professional in the field of debt collections. With over two decades of experience, he leads a team of highly experienced and compassionate individuals who provide essential support to those facing financial difficulties.
Chris is a dedicated professional who plays a crucial role in promoting diversity and inclusion within Smith Debnam. Through his extensive experience, passion for learning, and genuine care for his colleagues, Chris strives to create an inclusive environment where everyone’s unique perspectives are valued and celebrated.
Cody Vaughn, an accomplished professional with a strong background in risk management and compliance, proudly serves as the Assistant Compliance Manager at Smith Debnam. Cody’s dedication to his profession is matched only by his commitment to diversity and inclusion (D&I). While he has only been a member of Smith Debnam’s D&I Committee for a short period, his impact has been nothing short of transformative.
With a background spanning 15 years at a Global Financial Firm, Cody’s expertise ensures the protection of the firm, its clients, and consumers from potential risks, harm, and injury, all while upholding the integrity of creditor and consumer rights.
Cody’s professional journey has been marked by diverse roles, ranging from leadership positions in large financial institutions to hands-on experience as a paralegal and firm administrator in family law firms. Beyond his professional accomplishments, Cody’s commitment to community engagement is evident. In his previous role, he served as the Chair for the NC Pride Team Member Network at a Global Financial Firm, showcasing his dedication to fostering an inclusive workplace. Passionate about philanthropy, Cody actively seeks ways to contribute positively to his community.
Cody’s recent involvement as a member of Smith Debnam’s D&I Committee underscores his dedication to promoting equitable practices and fostering inclusivity. Motivated by his own personal journey, including coming out as a gay man later in life, Cody is particularly passionate about advocating for LGBTQIA+ rights, women’s rights, and comprehensive cultural and racial education. His experiences participating in protests, movements, and demonstrations have deepened his understanding of the importance of diversity and inclusion.
As a fresh addition to Smith Debnam, Cody is eager to contribute his insights to the D&I Committee’s initiatives. With a focus on creating a common ground for conversations and bridging gaps in understanding, Cody seeks to ensure that every member of the firm, clients, and consumers feel seen, heard, and treated with equality. His proactive engagement and multifaceted background make him a valuable asset in advancing diversity and inclusion within the organization and the broader community.
Patricia H. Picquet
As the Director of Marketing at Smith Debnam, Patricia has played a pivotal role in driving the firm’s marketing strategies and initiatives for nearly a decade. Additionally, she is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion and has been an integral part of Smith Debnam’s D&I Committee since its inception.
As part of the D&I Committee, Patricia’s role encompasses a wide range of responsibilities. She has been actively involved in curating the Multimedia D&I Resource Library, a valuable repository of educational materials and resources that promote understanding and awareness of diversity and inclusion issues. Patricia also spearheads our D&I surveys, meticulously analyzing and disseminating the findings to drive meaningful change within the firm.
A member of the Workplace Diversity Training subcommittee, Patricia helps identify and coordinate initiatives to enhance awareness and foster inclusivity among employees. As a member of the Firmwide Events subcommittee, she assists in setting the agenda and coordinating materials for events that bring together employees to promote understanding and dialogue. Patricia also lends her creative talents to promoting the firm’s D&I initiatives internally, including assisting with the D&I Newsletter, Screensavers, and breakroom graphics.
Patricia’s personal and professional experiences have shaped her perspective on diversity and inclusion. Growing up in a multicultural household, she has witnessed firsthand the challenges of feeling isolated and the transformative power of embracing differences. As the mother of a neurodivergent son, Patricia deeply understands and values the importance of creating an inclusive environment that appreciates and celebrates neurodiversity.
In addition to her contributions at Smith Debnam, Patricia actively participates in professional organizations such as the Legal Marketing Association, Association of Legal Administrators, and International Society of Primerus Law Firms. With her strategic marketing expertise, commitment to excellence, and unwavering dedication to diversity and inclusion, Patricia continues to make a profound impact on the success and growth of Smith Debnam, fostering a culture of inclusivity and respect for all employees.
Active D&I Initiatives
Fostering Inclusion and Empowering Diversity: Smith Debnam’s Commitment to a Welcoming and Equitable Workplace
Literary Alliance Monthly Book Club
Smith Debnam’s Literary Alliance Monthly Book Club is an exciting employee-run initiative that fosters a vibrant community of book enthusiasts within our organization.
Small Groups Luncheon Meetups
Smith Debnam’s Small Groups Luncheon Meetups are a dynamic and engaging initiative designed to promote diversity and inclusion within our organization.
D&I Employee Newsletter
Smith Debnam’s D&I Newsletter is a periodic publication highlighting multicultural and religious holidays, events, and celebrations in line with the diversity calendar.
D&I Multimedia Resource Library
Smith Debnam’s D&I Multimedia Resource Library is comprehensive collection of educational materials; accessible tools for reflection and action.
Workplace Diversity Training
At Smith Debnam, we firmly believe that ongoing diversity training is instrumental in creating an inclusive and harmonious workplace where all employees thrive.
Smith Debnam’s Courageous Conversations Initiative is a proactive and inclusive approach designed to cultivate a positive firm culture.
Surveys to Track Success
Smith Debnam recognizes the importance of transparency and accountability in our journey toward creating an inclusive workplace.
Smith Debnam’s D&I Firmwide Events Initiative enhances employee engagement with valuable insights into firm performance and the significance of their individual contributions.
Support DEI Mission-Driven Brands
Smith Debnam’s D&I Support Initiative is a dedicated effort to support DEI-mission driven brands and uplift minority-owned businesses.