Valerie J. Hoffman, Esq., is a partner in the Chicago and Los Angeles offices of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. She is the founder and Chair of Seyfarth Shaw’s Affirmative Action & Diversity Consulting Team. She has more than 30 years of experience in labor and employment law, with particular emphasis in the area of affirmative action equality and employment discrimination. Her national practice encompasses strategies to prevent employment discrimination litigation, affirmative action equality, pay equity issues nationally and globally, glass ceiling issues, legally defensible national and global diversity programs and metrics, best practices in employment screening, implementation of OFCCP-compliant applicant tracking systems, and change management. She has helped hundreds of clients leverage their equality materials as management tools to map trends and spot issues for prevention of litigation and process improvement opportunities. Ms. Hoffman is nationally recognized as a thought leader and routinely quoted in the national press on these topics, and is in wide demand as a speaker and counselor.