Diversity and eDiscovery: How Diverse Hiring Practices Lead to a More Innovative Workforce

March 23, 2021


In the very first episode of season seven, co-hosts Bill Mariano and Rob Hellewell, introduce themselves and welcome listeners back for another riveting season of Law & Candor, the podcast wholly devoted to pursuing the legal technology revolution. They note that in celebration of Women’s History Month (March), season seven will feature an all-female guest speaker lineup exploring industry hot topics, as well as key tactics for championing the career growth of females within the space.

To kick things off, Bill and Rob begin with Sightings of Radical Brilliance, the part of the show highlighting the latest news of noteworthy innovation and acts of sheer genius. In this episode, they dive into a recent article written by Ayang Macdonald for BiometricUpdate.com that discusses Aratek’s new biometric finger scanner with enhanced security. Bill and Rob discuss this new fingerprint scanning technology and what it (and other tech like it) could mean for the future of the legal space. 

For the guest speaker segment of the show, Bill and Rob bring on Stacy Ybarra of Lighthouse to discuss diversity in ediscovery and how diverse hiring practices can lead to a more innovative workforce via the following questions:

  • How does diversity feed innovation in ediscovery?
  • What are some of the key ways diversity impacts organizations directly? 
  • How does leading with empathy and inclusion make an impact?
  • What are some best practices for those looking to champion diversity within their organization and the industry through employee resource groups?
  • What advice would you give to other women in the ediscovery industry looking to move their careers forward?

Our co-hosts wrap up the episode with a few key takeaways. If you enjoyed the show, learn more about our speakers and subscribe on the podcast homepage, rate us on Apple and Stitcher, and join in the conversation on Twitter.

Stacy Ybarra

As Chief Marketing Officer of Lighthouse, Stacy serves as an innovative marketer leading with a customer-obsessed, insights-driven, and outcome-based approach to branding, communications, thought leadership, demand generation, and product and solutions marketing. She’s a versatile leader known for developing and inspiring high performing teams. Stacy has a long history of growing brands and building strong workplace cultures, and believes great brands are built from the inside out, energized by a culture that promotes growth, impact and belonging. 

Prior to this role, Stacy was Vice President of Marketing at Lighthouse from August 2017 to January 2023. Before Lighthouse, she was the Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications at Blucora NASDAQ: BCOR (formerly Infospace), where she provided overall guidance for the company’s internal and external communications, brand, and corporate giving functions. While there, Stacy implemented plans to ensure a positive corporate image and culture during multiple phases of turnaround, strategic repositioning, and renewal. She also led numerous financial communications initiatives, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and public offerings. 

Before joining Blucora in 2005, Stacy was an Investment Relations Analyst at Cascade Investment, a private investment and holding company for William H. Gates III and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Previous to her role at Cascade Investment, she served in various investor relations roles at 360networks Inc. and XO Communications. She began her career at Telecommunications Inc. (now Comcast Corp) in marketing. 

Law and Candor

The podcast wholly devoted to pursuing the legal technology revolution. Co-hosts Bill Mariano and Paige Hunt explore the impacts and possibilities that new technology, including AI, is creating for eDiscovery, modern data, compliance, privacy, and information governance.