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Joelle Emerson      

Founder & CEO, Paradigm

Joelle Emerson is the Founder and CEO of Paradigm, a strategy firm that partners with leading technology startups and Fortune 500 companies to build stronger, more inclusive organizations. Founded in 2014, Paradigm has partnered with companies like Lyft, Airbnb, Pinterest, Slack, and Visa to design and implement effective diversity and inclusion strategies.

Before founding Paradigm, Emerson was a women's rights employment lawyer. As a Skadden Fellow at Equal Rights Advocates, she represented women in gender discrimination and sexual harassment litigation and advocated for local, state, and federal policies to ensure equal pay and other workplace protections for women. Her legal experience highlighted the consequences that can result from companies failing to consider diversity and inclusion early and inspired her to found Paradigm.

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