Lauren Rikleen

Rikleen Institute For Strategic Leadership

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Rikleen Institute For Strategic Leadership



Lauren Stiller Rikleen, president of the Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership, speaks, trains, and consults on diversity & inclusion topics, including unconscious bias; strengthening multigenerational relationships; women’s leadership and advancement; and workplace misconduct.  

Lauren is the author of four books, each of which utilizes a research-based approach to identifying workplace challenges and provides specific strategies that can lead to a diverse, respectful, and inclusive workplace culture.  Her newest, The Shield of Silence: How Power Perpetuates a Culture of Harassment and Bullying in the Workplace, combines detailed research, extensive interviews, and strategic recommendations for addressing workplace misconduct and the silence that fuels it.  You Raised Us, Now Work With Us: Millennials, Career Success, and Building Strong Workplace Teams analyzes unfair stereotypes that have long been applied to Millennials, and offers strategies for strengthening multi-generational relationships.  She is also the author of Ladder Down: Success Strategies For Lawyers From Women Who Will Be Hiring, Reviewing, and Promoting You; and Ending the Gauntlet: Removing Barriers to Women’s Success in the Law

Lauren has written extensively on diversity & inclusion topics.  She is the author of more than 180 articles and numerous reports, including for the ABA, the Center for Women in Law at the University of Texas School of Law, and the National Association of Women Lawyers.  For example, as a member of the ABA Presidential Task Force on Gender Equity, she authored a key document focusing on the gender gap in compensation, Closing the Gap: A Road Map for Achieving Gender Pay Equity in Law Firm Partner Compensation.  She was also the principal author of the Task Force publication, Power of the Purse: How General Counsel Can Impact Pay Equity.  In 2018, Lauren partnered with the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts to create a survey that would identify incidents of misconduct in law firms and the rate of reporting of such events.  Lauren authored the resulting report: Survey of Workplace Conduct and Behaviors in Law Firms.

As a former law firm equity partner, Lauren managed a diverse environmental law and mediation practice.  Lauren was selected by her peers to be listed in Best Lawyers in America, in Chambers USA America’s Leading Business Lawyers, and Massachusetts Super Lawyers.

Within the ABA, Lauren co-chairs the Women’s Caucus, is a member of the ABA Journal Board of Editors, and is on the Board of the Rule of Law Initiative.  She is a former member of the Board of Governors, the Commission on Women in the Profession, and served as chair of the Section of Civil Rights & Social Justice.  As a member of the ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, she helped implement a focus on bullying in schools, and spearheaded the development of materials regarding how to be stronger allies of LGBT colleagues.  She has also served on the Standing Committee on Bar Activities & Services.

Lauren’s bar leadership extends to her significant involvement in the Boston Bar Association, including serving as its president (the first non-Boston attorney to do so). 

In her community, Lauren helped create and served as president of two local charities: one providing services for victims of domestic violence and the other transporting donated food and personal care items to local shelters and pantries.

Among her many awards, Lauren was a 2017 recipient of the prestigious Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award from the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession and was named by Public Media’s Next Avenue as one of the 50 Most Influential People in Aging.

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