Navigating Diversity Certifications for Women, Minority, Disabled, Veteran, and LGBTQ+ -Owned Business Clients, What Attorneys Should Know

Danielle Dietrich
Danielle Dietrich | Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky

Danielle Dietrich is a shareholder and Chief Diversity Officer at Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky, in Pittsburgh, PA.  Her work includes assisting women and diverse-owned businesses with obtaining and maintaining diversity certifications, such as Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) through the U.S. Department of Transportation, Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women Business Enterprise (WBE).

On-Demand: March 23, 2021

Navigating Diversity Certifications for Women, Minority, Disabled, Veteran, and LGBTQ+ -Owned Business Clients, What Attorneys Should Know
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Program Summary

This CLE will provide an overview of the different diversity certifications that may be available to your women, minority, disabled, veteran, and LGBTQ+ -owned business clients.  While these certifications bring key advantages to a company, they can be difficult to achieve and maintain without proper advice from counsel.  Learn the requirements for each certification, details about the process and how to avoid common pitfalls in corporate legal documents that may prevent your clients from obtaining certification.

This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.

Key topics to be discussed:

  • The difference between the “alphabet soup” of certifications: DBE, MBE, WBE, WOSB, EDWOSB, VOSB, SDVOSB and more.
  • Requirements to keep and maintain the certifications.
  • Areas of trouble for companies applying for certification.
  • Overview of the appeal process.

Date / Time: March 23, 2021

 

Closed-captioning available upon request

Speakers

Danielle Dietrich_Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky_myLawCLEDanielle Dietrich | Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky

Danielle Dietrich is a shareholder and Chief Diversity Officer at Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky, in Pittsburgh, PA.  Her work includes assisting women and diverse-owned businesses with obtaining and maintaining diversity certifications, such as Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) through the U.S. Department of Transportation, Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women Business Enterprise (WBE).  She also represents clients appearing denials of those certification to various agencies, including the U.S. Department of Transportation. Ms. Dietrich functions as outside general counsel for businesses not large enough to require their own full-time attorney, but still have a variety of legal needs. She assists with contract matters, litigation, collections, employment, and corporate governance and growth.  She is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, and West Virginia and has both a B.A. and J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.

Agenda

I. The difference between the “alphabet soup” of certifications: DBE, MBE, WBE, WOSB, EDWOSB, VOSB, SDVOSB and more | 2:00-2:30
II. Requirements to keep and maintain the certifications | 2:30-3:00
III. Areas of trouble for companies applying for certification | 3:00-3:30
IV. Overview of the appeal process | 3:30-4:00