Alston & Bird LLP is pleased to announce that Emily Mao is the recipient of the firm’s 2010 Diversity Leadership Award. This award recognizes outstanding dedication and influential service to Alston & Bird’s long-standing diversity initiatives. Ms. Mao is a partner in the firm’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation practice and resides in the Washington, D.C. office.
Emily currently serves as the Washington, D.C. Office Diversity Committee Chair. Throughout her leadership, she has directed and led several initiatives engaging both attorneys and staff in the D.C. office. In 2010, the D.C. Diversity Committee entered into a partnership with Ballou Senior High School, located in the Anacostia neighborhood. The primary focus of the firm’s efforts was to provide support in an area of education – specifically the arts, including both drawing and photography. Over the course of the year, the committee raised donations for the school’s art program, mentored the students in the Alston & Bird office and facilitated a trip for students to meet with former House Majority Whip, Congressman Jim Clyburn of South Carolina on Capital Hill. At the end of the school year, the Alston & Bird diversity committee sponsored a reception honoring the twenty-one graduates and their families who received “Passport to Success” scholarships for post-secondary education.
Ruth Jones, Resource Development Director at Ballou High School, commented “Emily's leadership in creating a meaningful partnership with our school has been bold, courageous and outstanding. Her vision for the partnership has resulted in a measurable impact - teachers have the resources to teach and students have the resources to learn. This basic educational necessity is helping our school achieve its vision to "develop and graduate nationally competitive students for college and careers." The partnership spearheaded by Emily is an exceptional model for how businesses can effectively engage local communities.
Emily is member of the Steering Committee for the firm’s Diversity Committee as well as a member of the Hiring Committee.. She is also a member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Washington, D.C., and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center, a non-profit organization located in the District of Columbia.