Our firm supports and encourages the success of talented women lawyers and business professionals within our firm, among our clients, and throughout the world. We continually seek ways to help our women lawyers expand their leadership skills, initiate career-enhancing relationships, and increase their visibility in the marketplace.

Examining the pursuit of gender parity in boardrooms around the globe

We continued our efforts to raise awareness and spark discussion around the topic of gender parity in the boardroom. The firm published “A Study of Major Global Exchanges,” an insightful look at how major global exchanges in eight countries and the European Union approach gender diversity for their listed companies. We found that few address diversity-related issues in their stock listing requirements or recommend corporate governance codes. Those that have been adopted by major exchanges include direct references to gender or diversity among possible selection criteria for board members and generally require companies to disclose in annual reports whether they maintain a diversity policy or, in some cases, the gender composition of their boards. Leading the way are major exchanges in New Zealand and Australia, as well as in certain Asian countries. This study is a supplement to our ongoing series, “Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women in the Boardroom,” which examines gender parity on corporate boards and the efforts to increase participation around the world. As this issue continues to draw discussion, we continue to expand the scope of our research and evolve our report.

Empowering women lawyers throughout their careers

Recently, UCLA Law announced the creation of UCLA Law Women LEAD (Leadership, Empowerment, Advancement, and Distinction), a professional development and support network for its female students and alumnae. Paul Hastings partner Nancy Abell and Gap, Inc. EVP and general counsel Michelle Banks are the founding co-chairs who spearheaded the development of LEAD with UCLA Law Dean Rachel Moran. Paul Hastings partner Heather Morgan serves as a founding board member. Built around a dynamic, social media-based website, the program seeks to provide students and alumnae with the connections and professional knowledge they need to help them succeed in law. In addition, LEAD hosts a series of professional development and networking events, both on campus and around the U.S. The network seeks to support women lawyers at all stages of their careers through a variety of targeted programs and resources—from job search assistance and advice on advancement for younger lawyers, to mentorships that support mid-career attorneys, to programs on making career transitions and establishing a healthy work/life balance for more experienced lawyers.

Supporting the advancement of our women professionals

Our women lawyers play an increasingly greater role in leading our firm. We are committed to the advancement of our professionals, and provide numerous mentoring, networking, and professional development opportunities throughout the year. We also hosted several well-received social networking and professional development events with our clients, creating opportunities to strengthen our relationships outside the office.

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