Regina Petty, Chief Diversity Officer and partner of Fisher & Phillips LLP, has been named DEI Executive of the Year by HRO Today. The award recognizes executives that effectively implement programs that promote an inclusive workplace, enhance their employer brand, and improve employee engagement and retention. Regina was honored at the HRO Today Inclusion Summit in Atlanta on September 15.
As Chief Diversity Officer, Regina plays an important role in realizing Fisher Phillips’ strategic diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. She provides leadership, vision and direction to advance the diversity and inclusion values at the firm to achieve professional and organizational excellence. Under her leadership, Fisher Phillips has rolled out numerous programs to help drive workforce initiatives and employee engagement, and because of these initiatives, the firm has made great strides in increasing diverse representation across all levels. Her efforts to enhance diversity, equity and inclusion date back to law school and encompass leadership roles including the American Bar Association, Minority Corporate Counsel Association, International Association of Defense Counsel, and women and minority bar organizations. Regina is a Cornell Certified Diversity Professional.
In addition to her role as chief diversity officer, Regina is a sought-after defense litigator who represents employers in state and federal courts across the country. She successfully argued Jones v. The Lodge at Torrey Pines Partnership (2008) 42 Cal.4th 1158 before the California Supreme Court, a case noted on Bender's California Labor & Employment Bulletin's top ten list of most significant cases and trends for the Fair Employment and Housing Act's (FEHA) 50th anniversary.
Regina’s legal work has garnered professional distinctions including The Best Lawyers in America© in Labor Law – Management, Lawdragon’s Leading Corporate Employment Lawyers of America, the Los Angeles Daily Journal's Top 75 Women Litigators in California, and the San Diego Daily Transcript's Top Ten attorneys in both Labor and Employment and Business Litigation. She is also a recipient of the San Diego Business Journal's Women Who Mean Business Award and Women of Influence: Top 50 Over 50.