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International Network

From Australia to Hong Kong, Mali to Chile, and everywhere in between, Bates White’s colleagues possess a rich array of experiences, cultures, and traditions. And the International Network helps them feel at home—right from day one.

 

What we do

  • Support and resources

    Support and resources

    The firm provides a wide range of assistance—from navigating the visa process, to writing and public speaking training, to scoping out local restaurants and international grocery stores.

  • A group of young men and women stand around a screen titled: “Lost in Translation: Fostering Inclusive Language and Conversations.” They are smiling at the camera.

    Education

    The network sponsors educational events to foster awareness of challenges faced by international colleagues. Programs have focused on the immigration process, language diversity, cross-cultural norms, and the challenges of “going home.”

  • Celebrations

    We celebrate colleagues’ diverse cultures and customs with happy hours, seasonal festivals, and our annual BWorld potluck (click on the video to learn more). Celebrations have focused on Ramadan, Holi, Lunar New Year, Nowruz, Dia de los Muertos, Chuseok, Passover and more!

Voices of our international community

  • A young woman smiling and pointing at a tiled wall behind her, which contains words in different languages.

    Bates White’s international colleagues bring diverse perspectives and ideas that strengthen our work and our community

    "It’s the people that are the firm’s main asset. The firm values our diverse backgrounds and experiences, and everyone’s voice matters."

    Rachel Ninomiya, Consultant

  • Employees feel comfortable raising concerns and ideas with senior leadership

    "To facilitate an inclusive environment, leadership holds check-ins and forums throughout the year that encourage me to raise any concerns or ideas without hesitation."

    Prerna Rakheja, Senior Economist

  • The firm provides a safe, welcoming, and supportive environment

    "The firm’s welcoming environment encourages me to share my own culture and provides wonderful opportunities to immerse myself in new ones."

    Neelesh Pandey, Consultant II

  • The International Network provides members with connections, support, and resources to assist with professional development

    "The firm provides extensive support to help me grow my career—from research support for my dissertation to one-to-one mentoring, to peer coaching, and formal learning opportunities."

    Mengli Sha, Senior Economist

Highlights

  • May 2024Celebrating spring festivals

    Our International Network hosted a festival celebrating six spring holidays from around the world.

    Three smiling women are in mid-jump. A sign next to them displays the title "Persian: Farsi", with the Farsi alphabet below.
  • January 2024Snack & Chat—New Year's traditions

    Colleagues shared their cultural traditions and New Year’s resolutions.

    A young man and woman stand together, pointing at a screen behind them which reads, "New Year's Traditions and Resolutions."
  • April 2024Lost in Translation?

    The International Network hosted a program sharing strategies to increase inclusion and belonging in everyday conversations.

    A group of employees smiling at the camera, standing around a screen that reads: "Lost in Translation: Fostering Inclusive Language and Conversations."
  • September 2023Supporting La Clínica del Pueblo during National Hispanic Heritage Month

    Colleagues hosted a celebration of Latin American independence days to raise money for La Clínica del Pueblo.

    The words "La Clínica del Pueblo" are centered, with an image behind it featuring colorful skirts/dresses.

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