Allison O. Bashir, J.D., CDP, is the Manager of Diversity and Inclusion for the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She started her career as a labor and employment attorney in the Houston Office of the Gulf Coast regional law firm Adams & Reese LLP. From there, Allison opened a small firm focused on employment, criminal and family law. After a couple of years as a solo practitioner, Allison joined the University of Houston’s Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action Office initially as an EEO Specialist and later became the Assistant Director of that office. In September 2011, Allison accepted an HR Specialist, EEO, position with MD Anderson where she served until transitioning into her current role in June 2015. Allison received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia and her Juris Doctorate from University of Houston Law Center. She is currently serving as a Board member for the Greater Houston Industry Liaison Group. Her favorite pastime is spending time outdoors with her daughters.