Cvent’s Legal Department, led by general counsel Larry Samuelson, is working to push the needle on diversity within and outside of the company. Of the company’s nine lawyers, four are female and five lawyers are diverse. With respect to outside counsel, the company says that a majority of billable hours on client matters are completed by diverse attorneys, by gender and race. Lisa Helem recently caught up with Samuelson for a Q&A.

What leadership roles do diverse lawyers play on Cvent’s in-house team? The [legal] department is purposely nonhierarchical and the expectation is that each attorney takes on a leadership role with respect to their client-oriented work and special projects. For oversight purposes, we have an associate general counsel who is Asian American and three senior counsel, two of which are female.

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