Fossel Named Diversity Business Leader – Corp! Magazine Salute to Diversity
Varnum attorney Joy Fossel was selected as one of this year's Diversity Business Leaders for Corp! Magazine's Salute to Diversity award.
The 7th annual awards celebration will be held on August 22nd, 2013 at the MGM Grand Hotel in Detroit to honor the winners in three different categories: Diversity Focused Company, Diversity Champion, and Diversity Business Leader.
Fossel was selected as a Diversity Business Leader based on her work with the Managing Partners Diversity Collaborative, a group of 13 Grand Rapids law firms in association with the Grand Rapids Bar Association, working to promote and achieve greater diversity and inclusion in the West Michigan legal community and for her efforts as Varnum’s Diversity and Inclusion Team leader.
A trial attorney, Fossel is well known for her pro bono efforts. She has been recognized by the American Bar Association for her ongoing commitment to social justice through pro bono work and was the 2011 recipient of the John W. Cummiskey Award, in recognition of outstanding pro bono contributions. In addition, she leads Varnum's Diversity and Inclusion Team, coordinating the firm's internal and external diversity and inclusion initiatives. She is a key committee member of the Managing Partners Diversity Collaborative and was recently awarded the 2013 Grand Rapids Bar Association President's award. Additionally, she has been a crucial player in developing and overseeing a legal internship program for University Prep Academy students interested in law.