If Your Women's Initiative Isn't Working, We've Got Solutions
The National Association of Women Lawyers says your law, accounting or financial firm's women's initiative is not working.
You already know that, of course, and many of you have given up on it altogether. It's so well understood that even the ABA knows about it! Check out Do Women's Initiatives Work in this month's issue of the ABA Journal right here.
It's Just Beginning
But I have breaking news for you. It's not over. It's just beginning.
As one AmLaw 50 senior woman recently told me, until '09, her firm's women's initiative was flowery. In '09, the law firm's women decided to grow it some balls. That's what she said. Verbatim. Those are the women lawyers I remember from my youth. Ballsy. No nonsense. Get it done.
If you'd like to put your poorly funded, management ignored women's initiative on steroids, I've got a panel that is going to tell you how to make it fly. For you. Strategically.
Not A "Feel Good" Session Nor A Pity Party
This is not a "feel good" session, nor a pity party. But you know what? I've never heard women lawyers throw a pity party from the day I entered law school in 1977 until today.
This panel will also not ask you to expend more energy than you're already expending to be the greatest lawyer you can be. This is a session that will tell you what your law firm should be doing to make your women's careers better.
In addition to the law firm piece, we're going to put the strength of other women lawyers behind you. Because this is not "pull yourself up by the bootstraps" or even "lean in." This is activism.
The panel is not only FREE, but the Women Lawyers' Association of Los Angeles will even validate your parking.
So there are No Excuses not to be there.
I'll be there but I'm not the main attraction. Sarretta C. McDonough of Gibson Dunn will be speaking. She is a member of the Board and Program Director for the National Association of Women Lawyers. NAWL underwrote the 2012 National Survey of Women's Initiatives.The survey's findings were gloomy as reported in my post There's Absolutely Nothing Wrong With Women in the Law.
Sarretta is appearing to help you help your firm course correct its women's initiative for your individual advantage which quite directly advantages all women lawyers everywhere.
Along with me and Sarretta, Merle Vaughn of Major, Lindsey & Africa will be appearing. MLA is the organization that authored the equally gloomy 2012 Partner Compensation Survey, as also reported in There's Nothing Wrong With Women.
Merle has enough good ideas fill an entire weekend retreat but we're going to help her squeeze her good advice into this single session. Tackle her after the panel is over and pepper her with your most pressing issues.
Our fearless panel leader, Brenda Dieck of White & Case has charted a tight agenda that will hit all the major power points you can press to advance your career in the law whether you're a first year associate or senior equity partner with an impressive book of business.
Of all the women's initiatives I've explored, White & Case is the outlier - a true thought leader in the field. You'll want to hear what Brenda has to say. I wish I'd heard her back when I was in practice. W&C's initiative is law firm culture changing. It can change your firm's culture too.
The panel I'm talking about is The Indispensable Woman Lawyer - Getting Results from Law Firm Advancement and Promotion Initiatives. You can sign up for it at the link.
We'll be talking about best practices in the structure of women's initiatives and how and why law firms should and can improve their talent management, flexibility and work-life supports, the role clients play in the promotion of private practice women, what firms can do to raise the internal and external profile of their women lawyers, and women partners' compensation and executive leadership roles.
Just planning this event with these incredibly powerful women has moved me to a new level in my own business. Don't miss this event. It's the only one you really have to attend this year.
Where and When?
Skadden, Arps, 300 South Grand Avenue, Suite 3400, Los Angeles 90071 at 6 p.m. (registration), 6:30 p.m. (program) and 8-9 p.m. (cocktail reception).