Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Winston & Strawn LLP
Sylvia F. James serves as Winston & Strawn’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. In this role, she collaborates with key stakeholders to develop and implement the firm’s diversity and inclusion strategy and initiatives; works with the talent management team to enhance the hiring, advancement, retention and promotion of diverse lawyers; serves as a liaison for clients and external organizations dedicated to fostering diversity in the legal profession, as well as an advisor to management on diversity and inclusion issues; conducts diversity training; and advises on internal and external diversity-related communications.
Prior to joining Winston & Strawn, James served as the Diversity Counsel for Baker Botts for 11 years. In addition, she practised law as a labour and employment attorney for over a decade. James is a member of the Advisory Board for the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession and a former commissioner on the American Bar Association’s Diversity and Inclusion 360 Commission. She currently serves on the Duke University School of Law Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
James received a JD from Duke University School of Law and a BA in Political Science from Vassar College.