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Chandra Kilgriff Receives Women in Business Award

Chandra Kilgriff

Robins Kaplan LLP is pleased to announce that Chief Talent and Diversity Officer Chandra Kilgriff has been selected as a recipient of the 2019 “Women in Business Award” by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. Each year, the “Women in Business Award” is presented to 50 local professionals in recognition of their career achievements, their leadership qualities, and their overall contributions to their local communities.

As Chief Talent and Diversity Officer, Kilgriff serves as a member of the firm’s core leadership team and provides strategic direction for all firm functions impacting talent, including professional development, human resources, and pro bono efforts. A dedicated advocate for inclusion in the legal profession, Kilgriff promotes diverse perspectives in all aspects of the firm’s talent management practices. Since 2015, she has spearheaded the implementation of Robins Kaplan’s innovative Leaders Engaged in the Advancement of Diversity (LEAD) initiative, empowering the firm’s leaders to take concrete steps to increase diversity and holding them accountable for their results.

Under Kilgriff’s leadership, Robins Kaplan received the “Award of Excellence” from Profiles in Diversity Journal, was named the “Most Inclusive Law Firm for LGBT Lawyers” from Chambers USA, and has consistently earned a 100 percent rating on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index. In 2017, Profiles in Diversity Journal recognized Kilgriff as a “Diversity Leader” for her work on the LEAD initiative.

In addition to her work at the firm, Kilgriff is active in the community, serving on the boards of directors of Minds Matter Twin Cities and American Model United Nations. She is a member of the Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals, the National Association for Law Placement, the Society for Human Resource Management, and Minnesota Women Lawyers.

The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal will recognize Kilgriff and the other honorees during a luncheon on May 23.