In response to the civil rights issues highlighted by police brutality, the 2020 pandemic, and the Black Lives Matter movement, Vela Wood created VW FWD in July of 2020.
VW FWD’s mission is to educate and provide opportunities for our employees to become agents of social change, and serve as a positive force within our firm’s communities.
Beginning in 2020, we began and will continue to donate $500,000 over ten years to social justice causes focused on supporting Black Americans and other marginalized communities.
We engage in regular internal discussion forums via the VW FWD Media Club.
We learn more about Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion through sessions with DEI professionals.
We provide opportunities for members of our Firm to get involved in the communities of the Vela Wood offices through volunteer efforts.
We celebrate Juneteenth as an annual Firm holiday.
We were selected as a runner-up in the Diversity & Inclusion category for Clio’s 2022 Reisman Awards. The annual Reisman Awards recognize Clio’s law firm customers for displaying excellence in their fields and making an impact in their communities.Learn More
Order with Purpose
On the last Friday of every month, Vela Wood reimburses each employee to order lunch from a minority owned restaurant. Click below to learn more and recommend minority owned restaurants in Austin or Dallas!
Vela Wood pledges to continue to provide opportunities for learning and involvement, foster open conversations and inclusivity, and support institutions focused on supporting Black Americans and other marginalized communities.