K. Joy Williams (KJ)
KJ Williams is Owner and Founder of RISE with KJ, LLC (Radical, Insightful, Solutions to Create Equity). Under this umbrella KJ facilitates the work of diversity, equity and inclusion by working with organizations, groups and individuals across industries. The work of RISE is grounded in the belief that working from the inside first develops the infrastructure necessary for change, sustainability, and growth. While working as the Diversity Program Manager for the Washington State Bar Association KJ originated the “Inside – Out” philosophy as the working premise behind the inaugural diversity and inclusion plan. In her role, KJ provides equity and inclusion leadership to WSBA’s 40k+ members and functions as an internal consultant to the WSBA Board of Governors, and as external consultant, educator, speaker and facilitator to law schools, legal organizations, law firms, student groups and individuals.
KJ holds a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from the University of Washington, a Master of Public Administration from Seattle University. KJ has served as member of the City of Seattle LGBT Commission, University of Washington School of Law Diversity Committee, the Board of Directors for the Initiative for Diversity, and the University of Washington School of Law Gates Scholarship Committee.
KJ is an alum and faculty for JustLead Washington’s Equal Justice Community Leadership Academy. In 2015 KJ received the Community Service Award from the Loren Miller Bar Association, dedicated to addressing disparities in the African American community. KJ has written for Black Women’s Blueprint, For Harriet, NWLawyer and NWSidebar. Recent articles include “When “N#gg!r§”* Rise” (NW SideBar 2017) written in response to hate rhetoric targeting black female attorney’s, judges and girls of color interested in pursuing careers in the legal profession, and “Learning from Orlando – Transforming a Culture of Violence” (NW Lawyer 2016). When not working, KJ is experiencing life with her wife and children, writing poetry highlighting the impact, cause and effect of trauma and breakthrough healing, and generally being as grateful as possible for life.