This presentation explores the experiences in the legal profession of a Mexican-American father and his son generations apart, and how those experiences have evolved over the last 50 years. Steve Yslas graduated in 1972 from UCLA Law School, and corporate law career culminated in his ascension to General Counsel of a Fortune 50 company. His son, John, graduated from UCLA Law School in 1996 and has been a partner in major law firms. Together they discuss their similar but also different experiences, how they’ve seen the changes that have evolved, and what they hope will lead to true equality.
Steve Yslas was born in Los Angeles in 1947, graduated from UCLA Law School in 1972 and spent most of his career at Northrop Grumman (a Fortune 50 company) culminating in his ascension as General Counsel. Steve grew up in the turbulent times of the 1960s’ civil rights movement and Vietnam war era, and practiced from the early 1970s through his semi-retirement in 2012. Steve also has a long history of committed service to diversity including serving on boards promoting diversity as well as in volunteer civic roles such as serving on the City of Los Angeles Police Commission.
John Yslas was born in Los Angeles in 1968, graduated from UCLA Law School in 1996, started his career at a small largely Latino law firm and went on to become a partner and serve in leadership roles at large law firms. John grew up in the excess and rapidly evolving 1980s. John has a long history of committed service to diversity (including presently serving as Chair of HNBA’s Communications Committee, recent election as HNBA Southern California Regional President, service on the Mexican American Bar Foundation board of directors and several years on the CMCP board of directors), as well as in volunteer civic rules such as serving on the City of Los Angeles Civil Service Commission.
Moderator: Kori S. Carew, Esq.
Kori S. Carew, Esq., an attorney, TedX speaker, and community builder who generates awareness and understanding of critical human issues by creating the space and climate for open dialogue that is meaningful, enables people to expand their perspective and drive positive change.
Kori is the Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer at Seyfarth Shaw, LLP, an international AmLaw 100 firm. Using advocacy and organizational strategy to address structural barriers to diversity in the workplace, she brings an incisive voice, unapologetic questioning of the status quo, and a lifelong fascination of human potential to empowering women and marginalized people. She is a nationally sought-after speaker on topics of diversity, inclusion and belonging, inclusive leadership, talent engagement and development, authenticity and leveraging power. Her TedX, Just belonging: finding the courage to interrupt bias can be found here.