In the second part of a three part series about the Thomson Reuter’s Transforming Women’s Leadership in the Law Fireside Chat, read about the advice attendees had for a fictional “John”, head of global litigation for a Fortune 500 company, who faced a dilemma when one of his “go to” firms sent an all-white male team to pitch to his new boss. His boss, a female General Counsel, who’d asked John to initiate a review process for outside counsel, has made it clear that she values diversity and expects firms to meet her expectations in terms of demonstrating their understanding of its importance to her. John is torn between his loyalty to the firm (he’s worked with them for years!) and showing his boss that he’s heard her message. Read more here.
On June 6, the Women in the Legal Profession, Business & Leadership Subcommittee of the Committee on Women in the Legal Profession of the New York City Bar Association held its 5th Annual General Counsel Panel.
This event focused on ways that women General Counsel can help women outside counsel to advance their careers by leveraging the power they hold as clients. Read more about the program, the moderator and the panelists here.
Bernadette Beekman and Carol Frohlinger, co-chairs of the Business and Leadership Development Subcommittee introduced the very accomplished panel.
The sold-out event, held in Montreal, attracted over 200 women from not only from the communications and technology industry but also from finance and other industries as well. The keynote focused on using negotiation principles to “win the respect you deserve, the success you’ve earned and the life you want” and included practical techniques women can use both in their professional lives as well as in their personal lives.
What will it take to finally create the conditions required to advance women in law? That was the topic of conversation at the Thomson Reuter’s Transforming Women’s Leadership in the Law Fireside Chat. Using the research contained in a white paper Carol Frohlinger wrote, “Business Development in the New Normal” as a starting point, the group (comprised of in-house counsel and firm lawyers) discussed possible solutions to issues faced by clients committed to gender parity are as well as those individual women encounter.
The groundbreaking research analyzed data collected from more than 435 male and female equity partners in law firms of all sizes across the U.S. and examined success at business origination.
The research focused on two questions:
- What activities and attitudes does it take to successfully originate business in the “New Normal”?
- Are there differences between these for male equity partners and female equity partners?
Moderated by Anne Weisberg, Head of Women’s Initiatives at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, this conversation will delve into structural barriers that hinder women’s advancement in the legal sector as well as provide recommendations for both law firms and law departments.
Register for this exciting event here!