As this issue of Gaveling the Glass Ceiling was going to press, another publication was just hot off the presses! The 2017 Transforming Women’s Leadership in the Law (TWLL) Annual Report was made available — and you can download your own copy of the TWLL Annual Report here.
As I mentioned in last month’s Letter — which was penned as we were compiling the Annual Report — that experience gave me a real chance to look back on the past year and all that TWLL had sought to do, as well as the positive changes and opportunities for women to attain leadership roles in the legal industry. As we continue into 2018, I hope that the legal environment continues to be one where women can make their voices heard.
Everything we do here with the Transforming Women’s Leadership in the Law initiative, with the support of Thomson Reuters Legal, is done to help bring about a more diverse and inclusive legal industry that increases its retention and promotion of women and people of color into partnership ranks and other legal leadership positions.
To that end, we’re looking forward to taking TWLL on the road in 2018 and greatly broadening its breadth as we move into other countries and spearhead other projects, like we did in 2017 by launching a pilot cohort of “rising star” female partners, and by championing an intensive study of women in law firms conducted by McKinsey & Company as part of its broader Women in the Workplace 2017 research with Leanin.org.
One of the core objectives of all TWLL events is for attendees to return to their organizations with individual commitments to effect change. Together as one TWLL community, we want to encourage this ideation process and to serve as a support system for enacting these pledges.
In our continued commitment to this research, our colleague Sameena Kluck, a strategic account executive with Thomson Reuters, spoke at the American Bar Association’s 2018 Mid-Year Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia about Thomson Reuters’ role in recruiting law firms to participate in the McKinsey research and Thomson Reuters’ own gender parity efforts more generally. Sameena was part of a session within the ABA’s Present and Powerful Speaker Series, sponsored by several ABA groups, including the ABA’s Women Rainmakers, Young Lawyers Division, Commission on Women in the Profession, and GPSolo (Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division).
Also, we’re extremely excited that our Thomson Reuters colleagues across the pond are busily (as you read this) launching a Transforming Women’s Leadership in the Law initiative in the United Kingdom! More on that certainly in next month’s Letter as well as on our Transforming Women’s Leadership in the Law Spotlight page. Stay tuned!
Meanwhile, back in the States, we are also readying for another event, Strength in Numbers: Advancing Collaborative Diversity in the Workforce, a two-day conference to be held March 14 & 15 in New York City. (A similar event will also be held in Atlanta on May 9 to focus on celebrating African American representation in the legal industry.)
Further, we’re excited to return to Canada for the 2nd Annual 2018 Women’s Transformative Leadership Forum on May 3 in Toronto. The theme of this year’s Forum is “Empowerment by Improving Participation and Representation” and we hope to use the event to create a summit that young professionals and distinguished legal veterans can use to advance their careers and to help improve women’s leadership opportunities at their own organizations and in the profession as a whole.
Of course, there were will be many additional events, dinners and networking opportunities to come in 2018, and we are eager to bring them to you!
Indeed, one of the core objectives of all TWLL events is for attendees to return to their organizations with individual commitments to effect change. Together as one TWLL community, we want to encourage this ideation process and to serve as a support system for enacting these pledges.
That desire for us to broaden our reach and spread the news about what we’re doing and more importantly, what others are doing to further the goals of increasing representation and inclusion of women lawyers throughout the legal industry is forefront in our minds in the opening weeks of 2018.
We hope you’ll come along for the ride!
You can download a copy of the 2017 Transforming Women’s Leadership in the Law Annual Report here