Kristine McKinney

S1-J: Diversity among the Ranks: People of Color as Partners and Associates and the Expectations of In-House Counsel

About Kristine McKinney

Kristine McKinney is an expert in leading cultural change in organizations to help better reflect their values. As the Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Faegre Baker Daniels, she leads firmwide efforts to attract, retain and advance a workforce that embraces and celebrates diversity and inclusion.

During her time at Faegre Baker Daniels, the firm was named a ""Best Law Firm for Women"" by the National Association of Female Executives and Flex-Time Lawyers, received Gold Standard Certification by Women in Law Empowerment Forum, was recognized by the Center for Legal Inclusiveness as an ""Outstanding Law Firm Member,"" and received 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index.

In her previous role as firmwide diversity manager at Kirkland & Ellis, the firm rose 24 spots to number 37 on the Minority Law Journal Diversity Scorecard, received the first-ever ""Award for Workplace Equality Innovation"" by the Human Rights Campaign and was included in the inaugural list of the best law firms for women in Working Mother magazine.

Kristine has shared her knowledge and talents through serving on professional boards and committees, writing and submitting diversity-related articles, and speaking at conferences and community events. She has been actively involved with numerous organizations including Twin Cities Diversity in Practice, the Center for Legal Inclusiveness, the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms, Cabrini Green Legal Aid Clinic, NALP and the Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals.

Kristine received her B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Minnesota. She is currently pursuing her master's degree in Learning and Organizational Change at Northwestern University."

University of St. Thomas - Minnesota Opus College of Business