Diversity & Inclusion

Mission Statement:

At Marks, O’Neill, O’Brien, Doherty & Kelly, P.C. we value and respect the strengths and differences among our employees, our clients and the communities where we work. We are dedicated to fostering an environment that promotes equity, and cultivates a culture of inclusion where everyone has an opportunity to excel. Our commitment is consistent with our recognition that it is the exceptional people within the firm who have always been a source of our strength. In furtherance of our continued intent to embrace diversity and inclusion, Marks O’Neill is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting diverse attorneys and staff. We believe a diverse and inclusive workplace fosters diverse perspectives, skills, ideas and experiences which help us continue to provide the highest level of service to our clients and foster personal satisfaction among our attorneys and staff.

 

Initiatives:

As a part of our effort to advance Marks O’Neill’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the firm, we have undertaken the following initiatives:

  • Supporting our diversity initiatives through a Diversity & Inclusion Committee comprised of attorneys and staff from across our offices.
  • Providing diversity and inclusion trainings to all attorneys and staff.
  • Participating in opportunities outside the firm to explore diversity and inclusion initiatives and to engage in our communities to support those efforts.
  • Directing recruitment, retention and development of diverse talent at all levels in the organization.
  • Improving the level of diversity within the firm’s leadership positions, committees and professional development efforts.
  • Marks O’Neill is dedicated to promoting the professional and personal development of our female professionals and business partners.  We recognize that women face unique challenges in our industry and offer internal and external networking programs which provide a forum for meaningful discussions about the future of our firm and the community. 

Most recently, the entire firm participated in a three hour seminar entitled Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Foundational Learning Experience, facilitated by Marion Biglan of Illuminate Coaching and her co-presenter Natalie Basham.

 

Community Engagement:

Since Cristo Rey High in Philadelphia began, the Philadelphia Office has been a job partner. Cristo Rey High School is a college preparatory, Catholic school for students of all faiths, which  nurtures and challenges young people to recognize and realize their full potential as they learn to love others, grow in their faiths, and serve the common good. The school’s mission is devoted to working with students from economically-disadvantaged families preparing them for college and beyond. As a job partner, Marks O’Neill employs four students through-out the school year who work in the firm as part of their high school curriculum.  Marks, O’Neill is looking to expand our involvement with Cristo Rey and plans to welcome students from Cristo Rey High School in Baltimore to our Towson office.

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, the Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware offices collected supplies and donations for the Bethesda Project, which is a nonprofit organizations that offer supportive services to individuals experiencing homelessness in the areas surrounding the firm’s offices. The Pittsburgh office also collected supplies for a local agency serving the needs of the homeless.

In honor of Women’s History Month, the New York offices collected donations for Bottomless Closet, a non-profit organization that empowers New York City women in need to enter the work force, by offering clothing, accessories, resume assistance and interview preparation.

Over the winter holidays, the firm participates in various events, including sponsoring a family in the annual St. Malachy’s Christmas Drive, collecting gifts and gift cards for families in need and making donations to local charities such as Philabundance.

As part of the firm’s endeavors, we have also collaborated with Pennies for Peace, World Bicycle Relief for Girls, Water for South Sudan, The Trevor Project, Dancing While Cancering, Susan G. Koman and various community youth athletic organizations.

Marks O’Neill participated in the Delaware and Philadelphia Diversity Job Fair.