Women's Initiative

Gold Standard Certification

—Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF)

Our commitment to a diverse, inclusive environment includes supporting and encouraging the success of talented women lawyers and business professionals—within our firm, among our clients, and throughout the world. We recognize that it is our diverse range of perspectives, talents, and experiences that makes us strong.

Examining the pursuit of gender parity in boardrooms around the globe

We published the third edition of “Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women in the Boardroom,” our comprehensive study of gender parity on corporate boards and the efforts to increase participation around the world. The report provides a detailed analysis of the legislative, regulatory, and private sector developments and trends in 35 countries. Highlights include Europe’s continued leadership on this issue, with the highest year-on-year change recorded to date in the average number of women on boards of large corporations in EU Member States. There is also positive news in Asia, where legislative efforts in China are beginning to show results. To provide a closer look at these and other findings, we also launched an interactive website, which features video interviews with those making strides in addressing the issue and a chart outlining gender parity-related corporate governance codes from the jurisdictions covered.

Supporting the advancement of our women lawyers

Our women lawyers are a key element of the success we share with our clients and they play an increasingly large role in leading our firm. Currently, women comprise 40 percent of our department chairs globally and 40 percent of our policy committee and compensation committee members. We provide mentoring, networking, and professional development opportunities through 14 of our Paul Hastings Attorney Networks (PHANs) across the firm dedicated to women lawyers. In one notable initiative, we adapted Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In book and materials to create a program that helps our women lawyers and clients navigate the challenges of achieving success inside and outside the law firm and business environment.

Mentoring the next generation

The firm regularly hosts workshops, seminars, and other events designed to support the professional development of women lawyers. In one recent example, we joined with many of our clients to participate in the annual Corporate Counsel Women of Color Conference. During the conference, we hosted a dinner where more than 40 women lawyers from some of our top clients joined us to discuss the value of mentoring and share stories of their experiences as mentors to the next generation of women lawyers.

For more information about our Women’s Initiatives, please email us.