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Kristine McKinney

Chief Legal Talent and Inclusion Officer

Minneapolis, MN
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Kristine McKinney is an expert in leading cultural change in organizations to align and drive talent strategy. With experience leading cross-functional teams through ambiguity and complexity, Ms. McKinney achieves results in a way that develops individuals and teams for the benefit of the organization. She is passionate about the need for talent to reflect the diversity of the community and for individuals at every level of the organization to be thriving and fully engaged.

Ms. McKinney leads the Professional Development, Legal Recruiting, Diversity & Inclusion, and Pro Bono teams at Fish. Prior to joining Fish, she was Director of Professional Development & Engagement and Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Faegre Baker Daniels. Ms. McKinney also worked as Firmwide Diversity Manager at Kirkland & Ellis.


Northwestern University
Learning and Organizational Change , M.S.

University of Minnesota
Communication Studies, B.A.


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Memberships & Affiliations

National Association for Law Placement (NALP) — Strategic Plan Advisory Group (2019-2020); Vice President for Member Services and Education (2016-18); Diversity Section Chair (2015); Annual Education Conference Chair (2014); Diversity Section Vice Chair (2012-13); Diversity Summit Planning Committee (2011)

Twin Cities Diversity in Practice — Sponsorship Committee (2014-15); Recruiting Committee (2011-15); Pipeline Committee (2013)

The Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals (ALFDP) — Diversity Summit Planning Committee (2012)

Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms — Professional Development Committee (2008-10)

Cabrini Green Legal Aid — Young Professionals Board (2008-10)

Other Distinctions

Community Involvement

St Paul Academy Parents Association (2014-2018)


Received the 2018 Diversity Leader Award from Profiles in Diversity Journal (2018)

Selected Publications and Presentations

Take Charge of Change Before It Takes Charge of You, NALP Professional Development Webinar, October 2019

The Business Case for Diversity – In-House Insights, Minnesota CLE, May 2019

Generative Thinking Strategies for Legal Talent Development, NALP Annual Education Conference, April 2019

Reimagining Recruiting: #NALPathon Update, NALP Annual Education Conference, April 2019

Write your Own Ticket: Using Self-Evaluations to Propel Growth and Development, MN Women Lawyers, 2016

Diverse Associate Retention: Partnerships That Work for Firms of All Sizes, NALP Bulletin, April 2016

Motivating Lawyers to Move from Activity to Impact: The Intersection of Professional Development and Diversity, Law Practice Today, May 2013

Marketing Law Firm Diversity Outreach to Law Schools: 5 Ways to Minimize Cost and Maximize Visibility, NALP Bulletin, October 2009

Utilizing Change Management Tools to Lead Up, Down and Across Your Organization, NALP Annual Education Conference, April 2016

Am I Diverse? Depends on Who You Ask…, NALP Annual Education Conference, April 2016

Integrated Associate Learning: A Cross-Firm Collaboration, NALP Professional Development Institute, December 2015

Reinventing Work Life: Best-Practices from Leading Minnesota Companies, Work/Life and Flexibility Expo, September 2015

Beyond Diversity: Creating a Culture of Inclusion in the Legal Workplace, Minnesota CLE, May 2015

Fostering Successful Mentoring and Sponsor Relationships, Minnesota Women Lawyers, May 2015

The First 90 Days: Enhancing the Onboarding and Integration of Diverse Lawyers, NALP Annual Education Conference, April 2015

Change Management Strategies For Navigating the New Normal, NALP Annual Education Conference, April 2015

Sponsorship as a Career Advancing Tool, Twin Cities Diversity in Practice, October 2014

How Individual and Organizational Competencies Can Take Your Firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Efforts to the Next Level, NALP Professional Development Institute, December 2013

Communicating with Impact, Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy, June 2013

Diversity Among the Ranks: People of Color as Partners and Associates and the Expectations of In-House Counsel, Multicultural Forum on Workplace Diversity, April 2013

Practical Tips for Advancing Diversity, NALP Annual Education Conference, April 2013

TCDP 1L Rotation Clerkship: Building a Successful Partnership, Twin Cities Diversity in Practice, February 2013

Generation Why: How Gen Y Lawyers May Change How You Maintain A Business Development Culture At Your Firm Lex Mundi, Regional Marketing Roundtable, October 2012

PIE: A Paradigm for Professional Development, Target Corporation, Women’s Business Council, July 2012

Academy for Leadership & Inclusion, Minority Corporate Counsel Association/Center for Legal Inclusiveness, July 2012

Engaging Decision Makers in the Diversity Dialogue, Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals Annual Conference, September 2011

P.I.E.: A Paradigm for Career Development, NALP Annual Education Conference, April 2012

Positive Partnering:  Strengthening Diversity Ties Between Law Schools and Law Firms, NALP Annual Education Conference, April 2012

Elimination of Bias: Creating a Culture of Inclusion, Minnesota CLE, June 2011

The Power of Effective Facilitation, NALP – Annual Education Conference, April 2011

Tools for Advancing Diversity and Inclusion on Legal Teams, Center for Legal Inclusiveness, March 2011

How Has the Move Away From Lockstep Affected Diversity & Flexibility?, Project for Attorney Retention, March 2011



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