Diversity + Inclusion Specialist | Foley & Lardner LLP
"My long-term vision for Chicago is that we reduce violence through workforce job training and entrepreneurial programs for youth and adults. As a community activist, I will continue to work with organizations and assist in writing grants and facilitating workshops geared at mentoring, starting businesses, and workplace preparation."
Undergraduate Degree: Spelman College, '05
Fun fact: My television debut was on CNN in 1997 discussing standardized testing in Chicago Public Schools.
A young woman destined to change the world by improving the lives of women and children, Jasmine E. Guy is a staunch advocate for equality, social justice, and educational access and opportunity. As a natural leader, she noticed that communities are suffering and are no longer safely anchored to solid principles. Concerned that Chicago communities are beginning to drift without a clearly defined road map, Jasmine answered her calling through community activism. Guy is committed to bringing lasting, personal change to underserved populations.
Through solving problems, creating new initiatives, and forming partnerships at the intersection of community, business, and not-for-profits, Jasmine E. Guy has managed 500+ volunteers, fundraised over $350,000 for worthy causes, and designed 100+ events and programs. Through community advocacy, Jasmine has proven that young professionals can make a difference through leading by example. Jasmine is a beacon of light and provides hope, strategic direction, and vision to many organizations and boards. She is president of the Women’s Board of the Chicago Urban League; secretary of the Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals; a mentor for Polished Pebbles Mentoring Program; and a member of the Steppenwolf Associates, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, and the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College. Guy was recognized by Margaret’s Village in October 2017 for her civic engagement work.
In the role of diversity and inclusion specialist at Foley & Lardner LLP, Jasmine advises the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Partner and firm leadership regarding the proliferation of diversity and inclusion practices across the firm. She also consults with and advises senior leadership firm-wide to establish organizational priorities, including initiatives aimed at increasing diversity in client teams, leadership pipeline development, and organizational partnerships. Through her work, she is helping attorneys understand their biases and their impact on decisions; reducing attrition, and changing firm culture.
Jasmine is a graduate of Spelman College and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.