Diversity and Inclusion
with guest Bill Hopkins, Partner, Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton LLP
Our first podcast on Diversity & Inclusion within nonprofits addresses the reality of far too many boards with no or few Board members of color. Bill Hopkins, Partner at Shackelford Bowen, McKinley & Norton law firm, tells how it feel to be the only person of color on a Board and what can be done to increase diversity and inclusion within our nonprofit boards.
Bill Hopkins Bio:
William “Bill” Hopkins focuses his practice at Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley, & Norton LLP on administrative and regulatory defense and litigation in the healthcare industry. He advises both individual health care providers and institutional health care clients on matters of State and Federal licensure, compliance and enforcement, with an emphasis on proactive measures to ensure compliance and minimize litigation risk. Mr. Hopkins’ expertise includes all aspects of health care professional licensure and practice, long term care licensure, regulation and enforcement, medical staff issues, credentialing, fraud and abuse, and compliance with rules of state and federal regulatory agencies. Mr. Hopkins has litigated on behalf of his clients in both State and Federal Administrative Courts, as well as the District Courts of Texas. Mr. Hopkins has also spoken at the local, regional and national level regarding licensure, leadership, compliance and enforcement matters. He obtained his law degree from the University of Texas Law School in 1995.
On a professional level, in 2017, he has been appointed to the Leadership Council of the American Bar Association Health Law Section. He also serves as a Vice Chair to the Health Law Section Distance Learning Committee, is the former Chair of the ABA Health Law Section Long Term Care Task Force, former Chair of the Coordinating Committee on Diversity and former Co-Chair of the ABA Health Law Section Physician Issues Interest Group. He also served as a Commissioner on the ABA National Commission on Law and the Aging from 2012-2015.
Locally, he is very actively involved in his community and serves on a number of local non-profit Boards including Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation, the American Red Cross, People’s Community Clinic Foundation, E4 Youth, and the Austin Symphony. He is the Current President of the Central Texas Advisory Board of the Texas Diversity Council and has been involved with the Texas Diversity Council for a number of years, speaking at both Annual Leadership Conferences and various Diversity Council seminars and conferences at the local and State level.
Helpful Links and Resources:
- The Race to Lead: Confronting the Nionproifit Racial Leadershuip Gap: https://www.buildingmovement.org/pdf/RacetoLead_NonprofitRacialLeadershipGap.pdf
- Benchmarking Board Diversity: Leading with Intent 2017: https://leadingwithintent.org/
- BoardSource – Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity: https://boardsource.org/research-critical-issues/diversity-equity-inclusion/
- National Council of Nonprofits: https://www.councilofnonprofits.org/tools-resources/diversity-nonprofit-boards.
- Independent Sector: https://www.independentsector.org/resource/why-diversity-equity-and-inclusion-matter/
- ACC Office of Equity and Inclusion: https://sites.austincc.edu/equityandinclusion/
- The New Philanthropists: https://www.newphilanthropistsaustin.com/