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David Dixon is the Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Corporate Social Responsibility for Major, Lindsey & Africa and Allegis Partners . He develops strategic initiatives and programs that support our overall DEI and corporate social responsibility goals. David also creates trainings, manages community partnerships, promotes employee engagement and drives efforts to create a more open and inclusive environment within MLA/AP and the global legal profession.

Raised in Atlanta and having lived in Denver, CO, and Washington, D.C., David now resides in Houston, TX, with his best friend and wife Dosia, son Lawson and their puppy Chase. He loves spending quality time with his family, traveling, reading self-improvement books, adventurous activities (e.g., motorcycles, skydiving, scuba diving, snowboarding, etc.), cooking, creating new cocktails and home improvement projects.

David brings to Major, Lindsey & Africa a diverse background in recruitment, legal, policy, and diversity, equity and inclusion work. Before going to law school, David enjoyed a decade-long career in enrollment management where he last served as the assistant director of admission for Oglethorpe University (Atlanta), leading and managing recruitment of non-traditional undergraduate students in the adult degree program and for all students in master’s in education program, as well as supervising recruiters for traditional undergraduate students. While at Oglethorpe he served on the university’s Title IX Judicial Review Board and implemented several DEI policies and recruitment campaigns, which contributed to the school being recognized as one of U.S. News & World Report’s most diverse liberal arts colleges nationwide.

After earning his J.D., he entered the law firm world as a senior legal and policy advisor with Nelson Mullins/EducationCounsel (Washington, D.C.). In this role, David combined his legal knowledge with his background in higher education to advise highly selective, top-ranked, state flagship and private colleges, universities, medical schools and graduate schools of business on effective DEI-related institutional policies and practices. He joined Nelson Mullins’ Diversity & Inclusion Committee and became a founding co-chair of the Racial Equity [Lens] Taskforce (REL-Force) leading EducationCounsel’s internal diversity, equity & inclusion efforts with emphasis on racial equity to drive learning, integration and implementation of racial equity aligned policies, practices and norms.

David then moved to Vinson & Elkins (Houston) as their diversity & inclusion manager. He oversaw global recruitment, retention, development and advancement policies, practices, programs and strategies for DEI to advance firm goals. He also refined and implemented DEI metrics and accountability policies and practices, including associate utilization/work allocation, business development opportunities (including formal pitches, client RFPs; DEI surveys; attorney awards), professional development and achieving Mansfield Rule certification for the first time.

Georgia State University: J.D.

Oglethorpe University: B.A., Psychology and Business Administration

While at Vinson & Elkins, David facilitated:

  • Unconscious bias training sessions (Washington D.C. Office; San Francisco Office; Global Talent Management Retreat)
  • Difficult Conversation @Work: Race (partnered with the Firm Talent Chair Partner and Fringe Professional Development consulting company)
  • Candid Conversations About Race (co-facilitated firm-wide professional staff session with CFO)
  • A Look at the History of Anti-Asian Laws in the U.S. and its Impact on Asian Americans in Law Today (Korematsu coram nobis attorneys Don Tamaki and Lorraine Bannai; Fireside Chat and Q&A Moderator)
  • George Floyd Anniversary: Open Conversation on Racial Trauma (co-facilitated firm-wide session with Dr. Cynthia Kay, licensed psychologist and racial trauma expert)

Other speaking engagements:

  • Guiding the Way to Inclusion Annual Conference (Keynote speaker; National Association for College Admission Counseling)
  • Achieving the Educational Benefits of Diversity: What Chief Enrollment Management Officers Need to Know (co-presenter; National Association for College Admission Counseling National Conference
  • Admitted to the State Bar of Georgia
  • Houston Bar Association, Communities in Schools Committee Member
  • The Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals (ALFDP), Member
  • National Associate for College Admission Counseling, former National Government Relations Committee Member and Co-Chair for the state of Georgia
  • Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), Career Advancement Program (CAP) Alumnus

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