NEW YORK/LONDON – Reed Smith today announced Casey Ryan, global head of legal personnel, and Tamara Box, managing partner for Europe and the Middle East (EME), have been named to the Heroes Executives Role Model List 2022 – a repeat honor for both women.

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Ryan and Box were joined this year by New York associate Natsayi Mawere, who was named to the Heroes Future Role Models List 2022.

This is Box’s sixth appearance, Ryan’s third and Mawere’s first on the prestigious lists, which are sponsored by INvolve, a London-based consultancy and global network focused on promoting diversity and inclusion in business.

INvolve’s annual Heroes Executives Role Models List, supported by Yahoo! Finance, was launched in 2017. The list recognizes and celebrates established business leaders who are breaking down barriers at work and inspiring a new generation of diverse talent.

The organization’s Heroes Future Role Models List recognizes and celebrates up and coming diversity champions who are poised to have an impact on their companies and professions.

Casey Ryan

Ryan again earned recognition in 2022 for her consistent efforts on behalf of the firm's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Program; its Women's Initiative Network (WINRS); and a wide range of innovative recruiting, retention and hiring programs for lawyers and staff. In 2021, she oversaw the launch of the firm’s Family Network, which included the introduction of benefits such as childcare, tutoring, and peer-to-peer networking, as well as resources to support work-life balance across all family stages.

Meanwhile the Family Support Initiative, which was launched in 2020 to address COVID-19 family challenges, was also enhanced and expanded. Other policies implemented under Ryan’s leadership include a global flexible working policy to provide for agile work; expanded maternity, paternity and adoption leave policies; and a declared pronoun policy focused on communicating preferred pronouns. Of the firm’s partner promotions in 2021, 42% were women and 22% were ethnic minorities.