Transforming Women’s Leadership in the Law (TWLL), which was launched by Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute in 2016 as a client engagement program in the US, kicked off its fourth year in 2019, continuing its herstory of expanding geographically. Thomson Reuters colleagues collaborated with our customers across the globe by launching programs in Dubai and in Japan.
You can view the full TWLL 2019 Annual Report here. Highlights include:
- TWLL UK launched first-of-its-kind of research analyzing what structural mechanisms produce the best return on investment in terms of women’s advancement to the executive ranks of law firms.
- In addition, TWLL hosted two roundtables gatherings in Dubai where women discussed the role of internal targets for women’s representation at senior levels and the double-bind women face by advocating assertively and confidently.
- In the US, TWLL expanded into the tax and accounting industry with the launch of Women in Tax research report.
A Look Back at TWLL’s Herstory
Since its inception, TWLL has experienced strong growth:
- 2016 — TWLL was initiated in North America with a full-year program that included several intimate roundtable dinners with clients and large-event programming.
- 2017 — TWLL saw its first cross-border programming with roundtable gatherings featuring clients in Hong Kong and Australia and an all-day conference for lawyers in Canada. In addition, TWLL in the US convened clients for the first ever Women in Law Firm research. (You can read more about TWLL in 2017)
- 2018 — TWLL expanded again with the launch in the UK of its first full-year of programming. In addition, TWLL expanded in Asia with a roundtable gathering of clients in Japan for the first time. (You can read more about TWLL in 2018)
From TWLL to TWL in 2020
Even in the tumultuous times that has marked 2020 thus far, TWLL is growing, and Thomson Reuters is committed this year and beyond. We are excited to launch in Latin America this year, and officially and drop the second “L” off our name to reflect our commitment to investing in tax and accounting, in addition to the legal industry. More specifically:
- TWL Brazil — To celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD), Brazil held an event featuring legal scholars and lawyers as authors of Direito Exponencial, a book on privacy and cybersecurity with all women authors. More than 100 customers and Thomson Reuters colleagues attended.
- TWL Argentina — TWL was launched here with an event aimed to analyze and debate the role of women within the legal segment. Topics covered included how equality among the genders is important for business performance, the invisible barriers that women face in advancement, and how collectively, men and women can work together on the way forward.
- Tax & Accounting — To celebrate IWD and Women’s History Month in the US, Thomson Reuters’ Tax & Accounting blog ran a five-part digital series featuring women owners of tax and accounting firms, who have been successful in transforming their businesses to an advisory practice — a hot topic within the industry. Advisory practices allows tax professionals to make up for revenue that is being cannibalized because of the automation of tax compliance, audit, and others services. These profiles included:
- “Create a Culture Where Everyone is Happy,” Says Alicia Shaul, CPA Firm Entrepreneur
- “We needed to focus on what people wanted,” says Erin Heath, CPA
- “Building an advisory firm around flexibility is key,” says Sandy Heit, owner of ModernCPAs
- Answering the call to accounting — from Yes to No to Yes, with Brittany Lanphier, CPA
- “Keep a Smile on Your Face and Keep Positive!” says Julie Smith, Practice Manager at Harper & Co.
When TWLL was launched four years ago, we could not have imagined how it would grow across the world. Now with TWL, we are excited for what is to come for the rest of this year and in the coming decade.
You can view the full TWLL 2019 Annual Report here.