Women Leaders: There are 67 women partners globally. Twenty-nine percent of the Firm’s U.S. partners are women. Thirteen women serve as leaders of departments, offices, practice groups, or are Firmwide committee chairs or Management Committee members. The General Counsel and two Management Committee members are women. Forty-two 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 9 offices. One co-chair and 40% of attorney 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 2019, Weil women staff and attorney leaders — including Head of the Environmental practice Annemargaret Connolly, Chief Talent Officer Lisa Cuevas, Dallas Co-Managing Partner Courtney Marcus, Global Diversity & Social Responsibility Director Meredith Moore, General Counsel Mindy Spector and Litigation partner Diane Sullivan — shared their life lessons learned during a multi-office panel discussion. Click here to read the PDF, “Advice to Our Younger Selves.”
In 2017, Weil offices nationwide participated in a fireside chat with Carol Robles-Roman, President and 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.
The Firm focuses on intersectionality of gender and other diversity demographics through affinity group partnerships:
- In fall 2019, the Black Attorney Affinity Group and Women@Weil co-hosted a pre-screening of Harriet for attorneys and clients
- In fall 2019, the Black Attorney Affinity Group and LGBTQ+ affinity group co-hosted an intimate dinner with SoundCloud General Counsel Antonious Porch.
- In 2019, the Firm held two intimate breakfasts for women attorneys of color and an informal networking event with the women of the Firm’s LGBTQ+ affinity group and women of color were held in New York.
- In the summer of 2018, Weil hosted two firmwide programs exploring intersectionality among other topics. The Silicon Valley office program addressed gender identity and the Dallas office program discussed disability, race and gender.
Client & Alumni Development
In 2018, Women@Weil in Germany held two events spotlighting women’s leadership in sports. The Munich office hosted “Higher – Faster – Further – Women” featuring the coach and member of the German national female team, former soccer player, and the first female soccer referee. The Frankfurt office hosted “Go beyond – Women@ Weil Challenges Your Limits” featuring the coach and a member of the German Female National Gymnastics Team discussing mental strength.
Other European events include an exhibition of artist Dora Maar at the Pompideau Center in Paris; a half-day interactive workshop with a client focused on honing women’s communication skills and a museum tour presenting the work of Jil Sander in Frankfurt; and a discussion of the impact of digitalization in our professional and private lives in Munich.
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 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”.