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Diversity & Inclusion 2022: Kayla M. Loveless

Labor and Employment Associate and Co-Lead of Workplace DE&I Practice Group,
Husch Blackwell LLP

Kayla M. LovelessRaised in East St. Louis, Ill., in a family of community service leaders, Kayla Loveless finds that her diversity and inclusion work stems from her upbringing.

“My family has taught me how to remain humble, empathetic, and courageous,” she writes. “The passion that I show when working as an attorney and advocate for Diversity and Inclusion derives from the core values I was taught as a child.”

After graduating from Washington University where she interned with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Department of Labor and externed with the American Civil Liberties Union, Loveless came to work with Husch Blackwell where her duties include not just investigation and evaluation of discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims but also advising companies on best practices related to DEI, including recruitment and retention of employees. Loveless, who has a Diversity and Inclusion Certification from Cornell University, also helps draft policies on the topic for employee handbooks and vendor contracts.

Loveless’s pro bono work includes help given to low-income minorities seeking housing, landlord-tenant work and serving as co-lead of the Urban League Legal Intake Clinic.

What makes you most proud of your law firm/legal practice?

I am most proud that Husch Blackwell has gone above and beyond in showing its employees that it is truly dedicated to DE&I. For example, my firm as implemented a strategic plan wholly dedicated to DE&I and advancing its DE&I initiatives. Further, HB has given the space for diverse attorneys to join their personal interest with the practice of law by creating our employee resource groups and permitting the creation of practice groups like the Workplace DE&I practice group.

Who has most inspired you in your work for Diversity & Inclusion, and why?

My younger self inspired me in my work within the DE&I space. I can recall reading so many negative things about District 189 and its students while I was a student in East St. Louis. Sometimes it made me feel like attaining my goals was impossible, but through the love and care shown to me by the people around me, I was able to blossom. Younger me was lucky enough to meet people who were willing and able to help her grow. Now that I am an attorney working within the DE&I space, I have the opportunity to advocate and make systems, policies, and procedures better, so that others like me are able to reach their goals.

2022 Diversity & Inclusion Awards