Women Leaders: There are 55 women partners globally. Twenty-three percent of the Firm’s U.S. partners are women. Ten women serve as leaders of departments, offices, practice groups, or are Firmwide committee chairs or Management Committee members. The General Counsel and three Management Committee members are women. Thirty-seven percent of U.S. partners promoted since 2007 are women.
TOWER (Taskforce on Women’s Engagement & Retention): A committee of women and men partners are focused on the advancement and development of women attorneys globally. TOWER members represent all four Firm departments and 10 offices. One co-chair and 42% of members are men.
Women@Weil: Since many of the challenges facing women in the workplace transcend borders, our women’s affinity group has a global outlook. There is a global Leadership Board that oversees Firmwide efforts, with office leaders spearheading local efforts.
Management Committee Sponsor: Each affinity group has an appointed senior leader sponsor, who is not a member of that demographic group. The sponsors are charged with understanding key issues the group members face and advocating for necessary change. Michael Francies, managing partner of Weil’s London office and a partner in the Corporate group, is the sponsor for Women@Weil and TOWER.
Mentoring & Professional Development
In 2017, Weil offices nationwide participated in a fireside chat with Carol Robles-Roman, President & CEO of Legal Momentum and former NYC Deputy Mayor for Legal Affairs and Counsel to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. Carol spoke about the litigation matters Legal Momentum is undertaking to shape the laws and policies that affect gender equality, her personal career trajectory, the importance of mentors and sponsors, and how diversity has played a role in her personal and professional life.
In 2016, Weil celebrated Women’s History Month with a talk from Linda Hirshman, author of the New York Times critically acclaimed book, “Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World”. After discussing her book, Linda joined Ira Millstein, a senior partner at the firm, for a fireside chat to discuss how he and Justice Ginsburg’s husband and former Weil partner, Marty Ginsburg, were advocates for Justice Ginsburg early in her career. Thirteen offices globally participated in the event.
Client & Alumni Development
Recent international client events include an exhibition of painter Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun at the Grand Palais in Paris, a half-day interactive workshop with a client focused on honing women’s communication skills in Frankfurt, and an exhibition of designer Jean Paul Gaultier and dinner in Munich.
In May 2017, the Munich office hosted a W@W Roundtable, “Higher – Faster – Further – Women in Masculine Domains” with Steffi Jones, coach of the German national female team and former soccer player, and Bibiana Steinhaus, first female soccer referee.
In celebration of Earth Month 2017, Weil volunteers revitalized the Intervale Rooftop Garden benefiting the Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation. In March and September 2017 in partnership with the United Way, attorneys and senior staff volunteered for a Resume and Mock Interviewing Workshop benefiting 20 women participants in the Coalition for the Homeless First Step Job Training Program.
Weil focuses on the intersectionality of gender with other demographics through affinity group partnerships:
- The 2017 Multicultural Attorney Conference featured men and women of color breakout sessions with women of color facilitator Tiffany Dufu and men of color facilitator Calvin Gladney.
- Weil hosted a Pride Month Lunch Panel Presentation in 2016: “OutWomen at the Forefront” moderated by Stephanie Sandberg, Managing Director at Out Leadership and hosted a LGBT+ Women’s Networking and Recruiting Event in March 2017 as an opportunity for all women LGBT+ students in New York to network and hear from current attorneys about working in law as an out woman.
- In June 2016, the Firm hosted a women of color discussion featuring Maria Fernandez of IBM.
Developed in response to recommendations from the Task Force on Women’s Engagement and Retention, the global Work-Life Task Force was formed to recognize the challenges of practicing law in a global professional services firm and offers a suite of leading edge work-life programs and benefits reflecting the diverse needs of our attorneys:
- Career and life coaching is offered to both female and male attorneys and their significant others for any reason, including juggling multiple client responsibilities, elder care and parenting. There are over 30 participants in the U.S. and London.
- Recent additions to the U.S. Work-Life benefits include back up in-home care for child and adult dependents, and access to Milk Stork, which helps business traveling, nursing mothers store and ship their milk back home to her baby while she is away.
- The Work-Life Task Force and TOWER co-sponsored pilot workshops for partners on how to attract, engage, and retain millennials at Weil.
- A number of workshops have been offered for associates, including, “Building Resilience” and “Finding Success as a Working Parent”.
This Women@Weil subcommittee provides a forum for mothers of young children, as well as hosting programs on business travel as a working parent, an infant and child CPR course, the estate planning process for parents, and a male and female associate-led discussion on navigating parenting and professional responsibilities.
Director, Global Diversity & Social Responsibility
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To date, 16 women lawyers have been recognized for expertise and excellence in their respective practices and sectors in 2017. Learn more about their successes here.