Gaveling the Glass Ceiling: Pushing Internal Goals Outward to the Legal Industry

Topics: Corporate Legal, Diversity, Gaveling the Glass Ceiling, Law Firms, Leadership, Talent Development, Thomson Reuters, Women’s Leadership Blog Posts

gaveling

As the October issue of Gaveling the Glass Ceiling is going to press, I am deeply honored and humbled because the Transforming Women’s Leadership in the Law (TWLL) initiative and the Thomson Reuters Legal department have both recently been recognized for their efforts related to diversity & inclusion.

First, TWLL was recently named as a finalist in the 15th annual Stevie® Awards for Women in Business in the “Website or Blog of the Year” category for its dedicated sections on the Legal Executive Institute and Legal Insights UK & Ireland sites. The Stevie® is given to female entrepreneurs, executives, employees, and the organizations they run in recognition of business achievement.

In addition, Thomson Reuters’ legal department was named “Best Legal Department for Diversity & Quality of Life” by the New York Law Journal. (And a big “Thank you!” to Paul Weiss for nominating us.)

These honors go a long way to recognize the different shapes and forms of an organizational commitment to diversity and inclusion, and through TWLL, we feel very fortunate to champion similar efforts that are underway within many law firms, corporate legal departments, and the legal industry as a whole.

As part of our TWLL mission statement says, “Our content will reposition the conversation away from what women can do and put greater onus on institutions, law firms and the overall legal industry.” That said, another focus of our mission is to enhance those connections between senior women in law firms and corporate counsel offices — and part of that is to tell the stories of how these leading women have navigated the current culture and overcome the hurdles they faced in their careers. In doing so, they’ve arrived at a place where they can advise others on the strategies and techniques that individuals can employ to best advocate on their own behalf.


These honors go a long way to recognize the different shapes and forms of an organizational commitment to diversity and inclusion, and through TWLL, we feel very fortunate to champion similar efforts that are underway within many law firms, corporate legal departments, and the legal industry as a whole.


For example, in a blog post we highlight this month, we spoke with Shanin Fuller, associate general counsel for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and Counsel for Corporate, Finance & Securities at Ingredion. In the interview, she shared her career journey and the active role she assumed to drive her legal career by creating a game-changing stretch opportunity.

Similarly, at our most recent TWLL Rising Stars cohort event, Michele Coleman Mayes, vice president, general counsel (GC) and secretary at the New York Public Library, and Marsha Anastasia, vice president and deputy GC at Pitney Bowes, offered our “Rising Stars” cohort members some indispensable advice about the importance of differentiating yourself by cultivating critical relationships for advancement.

We also shone a light on a recent article, originally published in the Legal Executive Institute’s Forum magazine, that features an interview with Kim Rivera, the chief legal officer and general counsel of HP, about the company’s commitment to what she calls the “gift of diversity.” The article deftly speaks to creating a culture that enables such individual drive and efforts to be fairly recognized and rewarded.

As the overarching theme of all this content shows, we understand the undeniable strength that comes from heightening one’s own career empowerment, which is why we seek to showcase those female leaders who have successfully demonstrated how to do this within the legal industry.

This is one of the many reasons why I initially accepted my Advisory Board member role with TWLL, and my more recent one as executive sponsor. It’s been an incredibly rewarding experience that I look forward to continuing and one which has helped me on my own career journey.

Finally, to hear from dozens more female leaders from across multiple industries, mark your calendar for the Livestream of the 15th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business awards ceremony on November 16th!