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While some companies have already created a company culture based on the values of ethics and inclusion, current events and the ensuing national dialogue are increasing the pressure on all organizations to readdress acceptable social culture. A company’s culture and ethical norms are the foundation of its diversity and inclusion effectiveness.Increasingly, when CEOs, business leaders, and heads of business units speak out on diversity and inclusion, they are speaking out on values, culture, and ethics. Clear statements of “D&I values,” monitoring and enforcement of the values are essential to the overall success and long-term growth of a company. Organizations that reassess their values equation and ensure that the mission is clear to its employees will realize profitability and efficacy. 

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    University of Miami, School of Law
    Kendall Coffey, Adjunct Professor
    “I invited Ms. Airan-Pace to speak to my class in September 2016. The students in my class were fascinated by her story and cautionary tale. The class had one of the most attentive groups of students that I’ve had this year. I am confident that the discussion in class with Ms. Airan-Pace will be remembered by the students throughout their legal careers. Ms. Airan-Pace speaks from a place of remorse and truly has owned the wrong that she committed. I imagine that this is a very difficult subject for her to address because of her actions. However, she opens herself and shares her lessons for the benefit of others. I look forward to inviting her to speak again next year to my class.”

    Columbia University, School of Law
    John C. Coffee, Jr., Professor
    “Because Ms. Airan was only a few years older than the law students she spoke to and because she graduated near the top of her class, her impact on the students was powerful and immediate. She showed the students how involvement in fairly ministerial activities (house closings) could result in criminal liability. I think her presentation gave students an entirely unique, more nuanced and certainly more vivid sense of how seemingly normal professional practice can cross the line over into fraud. She made a very valuable contribution to the students’ education that others cannot duplicate.”

    Silent Victims of Crime
    Paulette Pfeiffer, Executive Director
    “I had the opportunity to invite Ms. Airan-Pace to a college class at Florida International University in September 2016. Speaking about your failures in front of complete strangers must be difficult. Rashmi is strong and dedicated to making an impact. She is a unique woman with the courage to talk about her shameful experience with openness with the sole purpose of helping guide people to make better choices than she did. Her only goal was to share her story with the students to guide them with her cautionary tale on how to live their lives making the right choices.”

    University of Miami, School of Law
    Michele DeStefano, Professor
    “I am a big believer that repeated exposure to the ethical contours of legal practice (rules, obligations, risks, and aspirations) yield a more careful and serious consideration of the vows we make when we enter the profession.  In sharing her story, Ms. Airan-Pace is helping make a difference and helping to favorably shift the ethics paradigm in the legal profession.”