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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging

Bates White is deeply committed to fostering and maintaining a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We strive to create an environment where everyone is included and feels a sense of belonging—a place where they are accepted, comfortable, and supported. We deliver on our commitment by respecting and empowering our people, trusting their judgment, and celebrating their uniqueness.


Diversity and inclusion is, and always has been, a priority.

  • 2 young men and 2 young women, standing together and smiling while holding rainbow flags.

“We understand and appreciate the value of differing backgrounds, opinions, and experiences. This diversity improves our creativity, provides greater perspective, and enables more thoughtful decisions.”

Charles Bates, Chairman and Partner

What diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging means to our employees

  • We create opportunities for employees to be heard, and leadership listens and responds

    “I am comfortable raising challenging questions with senior leadership and know that my ideas will be respected and heard.”
    Assaph Aharoni, Principal

  • International colleagues bring perspectives that help us address challenging questions

    "When working through complex questions, the diversity of ideas and experiences brought by our international colleagues helps us provide creative and thoughtful solutions."

    David DeRamus, Partner

  • The Women’s Network offers a space to build and strengthen connections

    "I love attending Women’s Network drop-in lunches because it allows me to have candid conversations and foster relationships across the firm at all levels."

    Catherine Tang, Manager

  • Bates White fosters an environment where individuals feel safe, respected, and comfortable being themselves

    “I am empowered to show up authentically, bring my full potential to work, and connect with our LGBTQ+ community through BWProud.”

    Sam Sherman, Senior Consultant

How we are doing it

Bates White is committed to cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace through formal and informal programs. Our BWProud, Diversity-Inclusion Council, International Network, and Women’s Network sponsor educational seminars to increase awareness of diversity issues, implement training programs to eliminate unconscious bias and increase cultural humility, and provide ways to build relationships and share cultural experiences.

  • BWProud


    BWProud represents LGBTQ+ employees, allies, and supporters with education, community service, and resources.

  • Diversity-Inclusion Council

    Diversity-Inclusion Council

    Our Diversity-Inclusion Council ensures that diversity and inclusion are supported in all aspects of firm operations.

  • Womens Network

    Womens Network

    The Women’s Network provides a platform to address issues of interest to staff broadly and women specifically.

  • International Network

    International Network

    This network offers a way for international colleagues to support each other and provide opportunities for all employees to understand international challenges and celebrate our diverse cultures. 

Recent/upcoming celebrations

  • June 2023Pride trivia to support SMYAL

    BWProud hosted trivia for SMYAL, an organization that supports LGBTQ+ youth in the DMV.

    colorful SMYAL logo
  • July 2023BWorld—celebrating our culture and customs

    Employees shared their culture and customs through food and stories at our annual BWorld celebration.

    Group of smiling people holding flags of different countries
  • August 2023Snack & Chat programs boost DEI&B efforts

    DEI&B Networks launched a new program to encourage informal conversations about diversity, inclusion, and belonging.

    A logo with a blue background/coloring. It's titled "Snack & Chat", and subtitled "brought to you by our DEI&B Networks". It includes graphics of a knife & fork, as well as two outlined figures talking with chat bubbles.
  • July 2023“Talented Ladies” visit Bates White

    The BW Women’s Network hosted an office visit for high school girls participating in the DC Department of Parks and Recreation’s life-skills program.

    2 adult female employees with around a dozen teenage girls; they are clustered together, smiling, and some feature "peace" signs.

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