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Rita, a Certified Diversity Executive, serves as a chief strategist and advisor to the firm on diversity, equity, inclusion, implicit bias and cultural competency.

She provides support for the Executive Board’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee and other internal diversity and inclusion group efforts. Her strategic action plans and initiatives help the firm achieve established goals.

Rita is committed to improving the recruitment, development, retention and promotion of diverse attorneys; integrating diversity and inclusion strategies across business stakeholders; and ensuring lawyers, clients and the marketplace understand the firm’s commitment to diversity.

Prior to joining Husch Blackwell, Rita was an executive vice president of a company that was a leader in behavioral healthcare and child welfare. She launched diversity and inclusion initiatives for the 1,500 employees across a five-state region.


  • Kansas University Alumni Association, Dick Wintermote Chapter Leader of the Year
  • Delta Sigma Theta Inc. Game Changer Award: National Alumnae Advisor of the Year


  • M.B.A., University of Kansas
  • B.S., University of Kansas

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Society for Diversity
  • Kansas University Alumni Association
  • Kansas University Black Alumni Network, Advocacy Committee
  • Coro Women in Leadership, Class 27
Thought Leadership
Outside the Office

Rita enjoys golfing, gardening and reading. She is also working on a book about diversity and religion.  

Community Leadership
  • KU School of Business, Dean’s Advisory Board, 2014-present
  • KU Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity, Advisory Board Chair, 2016-present
  • Second Chance Program, Advisory Board, 2015-present
  • Cultural Competency Collective Technical Assistance Work Group, 2017-present