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Cultural Competence as a Foundation for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives

  • Thursday, April 20, 2023
  • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Webinar


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Subject Cultural Competence as a Foundation for Diversity, EQUITY, AND Inclusion Initiatives

Culture Competence encompasses being aware of one's own world view and developing positive attitudes towards cultural differences.  It is pivotal to the creation of a more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and collaborative environment.

Join us as we examine the following topics.

  • What is cultural competence?
  • Why is cultural competence important?
  • What are the elements of cultural competence?
  • How is cultural competence quantified?
  • What is an open culture and how it is created?

Date and Time:  Thursday April 20, 2023.   6:30 pm – 7:30 pm via Zoom

Facilitated by:   Pam Richardson, MPA, Clerk & Newsletter Editor

Featured Speaker:


Sybil is a first-generation American and a native of New York City.  She is an educator and Registered Paralegal who has interviewed, mentored, and trained scores of paralegal students and paralegals. She writes and speaks frequently on issues related to the paralegal profession including ethics, technology, utilization, professionalism, diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Sybil has extensive experience in complex litigation, commercial bankruptcy law, antitrust law, and trial preparation, specializing in electronic document and discovery management, trial technology, and project administration.

Sybil is the Senior Paralegal in the Commercial Bankruptcy, Restructuring, and Creditors’ Rights group in the Phoenix, Arizona office of the national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP.  Prior to moving to Phoenix, she was a Senior Specialist and Coordinator in the Corporate Restructuring group in the New York office of the international law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York for 8 years.

Sybil has been an Adjunct Professor in the American Bar Association (ABA)-approved Paralegal Studies Program at Phoenix College since 2001 where she teaches Ethics and Professional Practice, Civil Interviewing and Investigation, Bankruptcy, and The Paralegal Profession.  From 2004-2008, she served as a member of the ABA's Standing Commission on Paralegals Approval Commission where she led site visits to review applications for ABA-approval at multiple educational institutions.  She was previously an Assistant Professor at Western International University where she taught Critical Thinking, Civil Procedure, and Comparative Law. 

Sybil holds a double Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in French and English from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts and a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Educational Psychology from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona.  She was also educated in Paris, France and earned a Certificat en Littérature in French Literature from l'Université de Paris- La Sorbonne and a Certificat en Sciences Politiques in International Law from l'Institut d'Études Politiques. 

Sybil has served as the Chair of NFPA's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee since 2017.  From 2020-2021, she served as Co-Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board for the International Practice Management Association (IPMA) and currently serves as Co-Chair of IPMA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.  In 2021, Sybil was appointed to serve a 3-year term as a member of the Arizona Supreme Court's Commission on Diversity, Equality, and Justice in the Judiciary. That same year, she was appointed as a member of the Maricopa County Bar Association's Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Sybil is the co-author of two published textbooks:  Ethics And Professional Responsibility For Paralegals (8th edition) and Concise Guide To Paralegal Ethics (5th edition).

Location/venue:  Zoom.us webinar. A direct link and instructions will be sent to registered participants 24 hours prior to the meeting. Zoom webinars can be accessed via desktop, laptop, and mobile devices.

Cost to Members and Non-MembersFree for members of the MA Paralegal Association/$10.00 non-member 

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