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Connectivity and Community

The Women’s Initiative hosts a variety of events and programs centered on creating a sense of community among, and enhancing the professional development of, women lawyers at the Firm. 

We host Women’s Forums that feature internal and external speakers on professional and personal development topics including: advice to my younger self, effective communication, and women in technology. We sponsor panel discussions highlighting the Firm’s female leaders and women general counsel who offered advice for building client relationships.

We coordinate Practice Advancement Conversations (PACs), which are designed to create a greater sense of community and foster informal mentoring. PACs are specifically created for female associates and counsel and hosted by female partners in the Firm’s various practice groups. PACs strengthen substantive career development and support the growth of technical legal, management and communication skills of our women associates.

We support Associate-led Lean-In Circles, which feature inspiring guest speakers such as best-selling authors, leadership coaches, the Dean of Columbia Law School, senior legal counsel at Google and at Survey Monkey, as well as roundtable discussions with Simpson Thacher partners.

In addition to professional events for female lawyers, the women partners frequently host lunches and informal social gatherings for women associates and counsel. These get-togethers foster a spirit of collegiality and camaraderie among our female lawyers.

Recent women’s events and initiatives sponsored, supported or hosted by the Firm include:

  • Citywide Diversity Reception - Women of Color Pre-Reception Social (July 2022)
  • Kate Stoneman Summer Reception (June 2022)
  • Women’s Power Hours (March & April 2022)
  • Women's History Month - Women's Forum & Reception (March 2022)
  • Women's Forum: Advice to My Younger Self (December 2021)
  • Women Litigators Reception/BBQ (November 2021)
  • Women’s Connection Issue 21 (April 2021)
  • Parent Affinity Group Children’s Art Class (ongoing)
  • Lean In Virtual Social (April 2021)
  • Firm women invited to WILEF program re. RBG (March 2021)
  • California Conference for Women leadership conference (March 2021)
  • Houston women virtual candle-making social (March 2021)
  • Women’s Forum – Commemorating Women’s History Month (March 2021)
  • DirectWomen’s “Breaking into the Corporate Boardroom” program (March 2021)
  • Parent Affinity Group Newsletter (March 2021)
  • Parent Affinity Group Members invited to “Embodying Confidence as a Working Parent” Fireside Chat with Susan Dunlap (March 2021)
  • “Cookie, Cocoa & Conversation” U.S. junior women/women partners social (February 2021)
  • Firm sponsors Fordham’s Women’s Leadership Institute (January 2021)
  • ECEB women Quizstancing social (December 2020)
  • “Champagne Toast from Coast to Coast” U.S. senior women’s social (December 2020)
  • Hong Kong Women/Blackstone client dinner (November 2020)
  • Paula Edgar Recruiting Panel (November 2020)
  • Firm sponsors and attorneys attended the National Women’s Law Center’s Virtual Gala (November 2020)
  • Parent Affinity Group Newsletter (November 2020)
  • Kate Stoneman Project  (October 2020)
  • Women partners host small group gatherings with our female summer associates (Summer 2020)
  • Women’s Forum – Conversation re. food insecurity moderated by Crystal Frierson (August 2020)
  • Women’s Forum - Life as a General Counsel during the Pandemic (August 2020 )
  • Private Funds Women bi-weekly “Chat and Catch-Ups” (ongoing)
  • Women’s Forum – Conversation with women partners (July 2020)
  • Washington, D.C. women hold Politics & Prose virtual luncheon (May 2020)
  • Virtual exercise classes with Ngo Okafor (Spring 2020)
  • Lean In Group book clubs (Spring 2020)
  • Women’s Forum – A conversation with Reyna Marder Gentin re. her novel, the legal thriller Unreasonable Doubts  (February 2020)
  • Galentine’s Day coffee social in New York (February 2020)
  • Panel discussion with Lori Lesser and Roxane Reardon re. Extraordinary Women on Boards (February 2020)
  • Women Partners’ Client Event at the MoMA (January 2020)
  • Women Associates/Client Networking Reception (January 2020)
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