Snell & Wilmer is only AZ law firm with perfect CEI score

Snell & Wilmer is pleased to announce that it received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2020 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for the fourth year in a row. Administered by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the CEI is a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) workplace equality. Of the three Arizona-based entities that received perfect scores, Snell & Wilmer was the only law firm listed from the state.

“Snell & Wilmer is honored to once again receive a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation,” said Matthew P. Feeney, chair of Snell & Wilmer. “Our firm is dedicated to fostering an enjoyable working environment, based on open communication and mutual respect. As part of this effort, we continue to make significant strides in our longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion and are always challenging ourselves to enhance the ways we recognize the voice and importance of our LGBTQ community.”

The 2020 CEI report evaluates LGBTQ-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBTQ community. Snell & Wilmer’s efforts in satisfying all the CEI’s criteria resulted in the 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality. For more information on the 2020 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit

Zovio donates 200 computers to AmeriSchools

Zovio, an education technology services company, donated 200 computers and three multi-function printers to AZ StRUT, a 501c3 nonprofit that provides donated technology to Title I schools in the Phoenix area. These computers and printers have been given to AmeriSchools to use in computer labs as resources for student learning this school year.

“We are happy to assist AmeriSchools with these desktops,” said Tom Mehlert, CEO of AZ StRUT. “Arizona nonprofit charter schools often do not qualify for tech funding available to public schools. My estimate is this saved them $6,000 to $9,000!”

“These computers and printers will help expand our computer labs and improve our ability to assign integrated online and offline classwork to our students,” said Deacon Drawdy, IT manager at AmeriSchools. “We are very appreciative of the generosity from AZ StRUT and Zovio. This will make a difference for the deserving children in our schools.”

iTether partners with Pinal County to launch study

iTether Technologies, Inc.Phoenix-based developer of the award winning iTether outpatient care coordination platform for member engagement and treatment, is partnering with the Pinal County Attorney’ s Office to launch a three-year, $1.25 million research study involving 1,000 participants in the Pinal County Diversion Program. The aim of the project is to reduce recidivism and future criminal actions of low risk defendants by using digital technology for individualized support and supervision.

Through a U.S. Bureau of Justice Administration grant, iTether Technologies, Inc. will work closely with the Pinal County Attorney’s office to enhance the current community-based diversion program using the Risk-Need-Resilience (RNR) model. Across 3-years diversion officers will learn to assess offenders’ criminogenic behaviors and readiness for change, as well as develop and monitor personalized plans for defendant treatment. Participating defendants will use iTether’s state-of-the-art tele-treatment/education platform to learn and practice new skills and strategies, locate health and social service resources, and monitor their own decision-making behaviors. Using the secure iTether app, defendants remain connected to (tethered) and monitored remotely by their diversion officers while living, learning, and working their programs in their home community, 24/7.

The researchers will also assist victims of crime by using iTether’s platform to deliver trauma informed educational support, build resilience, and speed-up restitution payments.

GoDaddy receives perfect score on CEI

GoDaddy Inc. (NYSE: GDDY), the company that empowers everyday entrepreneurs, received a 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2020 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the nation’s premier benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality.

“GoDaddy is thrilled to be designated a best place to work for LGBTQ equality for another year,” said GoDaddy Chief People Officer Monica Bailey. “As a company, we take pride in cultivating a work environment fueled by respect and acceptance. From recruiting to the promotion process, we actively work to educate and create policies and programs that will attract a diverse pool of candidates and promote a culture that embraces our differences. Receiving 100 percent underscores our commitment to LGBTQ equality and inclusion.”

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