Natalie Holder is an employment lawyer who provides harassment prevention and diversity training to organizations such as Fox News, Yale Medical School, Time Warner, Proskauer Rose, the United States Department of Agriculture, and The United Way of Greater New Haven. Prior to this role, she was an associate at Outten & Golden, specializing in disability discrimination litigation. She started her employment law career in Mayor Bloomberg’s administration where she litigated a landmark religious discrimination case involving the New York City Police Department.
Today, she is the author of Exclusion: Strategies for Increasing Diversity in Recruitment, Retention, and Promotion (ABA Publishing 2014), which explores how subtle bias interferes with engagement—and subsequently innovation—in the workplace. She is a frequent presenter at conferences, such as Financial Executives International, Society for Human Resource Management, and the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Education. Her commentary has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, Diversity Insight Magazine, and Diversity Executive, the New York Law Journal, and Good Morning Connecticut. From 2012-2014, she was a member of the court mandated team that worked with the New York City Fire Department to eliminate policies and other barriers that stymied the recruitment and retention of African-American, Latino, women firefighters. In 2014, the FDNY was proud to announce that its entering class of firefighters was its most diverse in history.
Natalie co-founded the New York State Bar Association’s Labor & Employment’s Diversity Fellowship and has developed strategies to increase diversity and retention for various bar associations. In 2012, she was appointed to the New York University Board of Trustees and serves on the Compliance and Audit Committee. In 2013, NYU honored her with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award.