Illustrating the business imperative for the advancement, retention and succession of female leadership in the legal profession - while identifying opportunities to open up business dialogues and make useful connections

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  • 08 February, 2018
  • 09:00 - 17:00
  • 780 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103, United States (View Map)

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While it is true that law firms (in general) are not making sizable advances when it comes to the advancement, retention and succession of female leadership in the legal profession—firms that have figured out how to retain, champion, develop and advance women among their ranks are solving three significant problems.

For starters, they are closing the gender gap with respect to law firm compensation—which is critical, seeing as law firms cannot thrive without a commitment to institutional sustainability and a culture that supports equitable compensation, designed to incentivize the right behaviors.

Second, they are winning top-talent available to the profession (and driving innovation)—and finally, they are meeting their clients’ demand for diversity (a very real business imperative, as it has been proven that diversity and inclusion represent a significant competitive advantage).

Ark Group’s 11th annual WOMEN LEGAL conference will examine actions that have had a direct impact on the advancement or preservation of organizations committed to diversity and inclusion. This year’s conference will once again provide an ideal platform for the exchange of ideas and experiential wisdom as we collectively address the primary obstacles, challenges and opportunities that exist around the promotion, retention, and succession of female leadership—as well as identify opportunities to open up business dialogues and make useful connections—turning strategic relationships into mentors, sponsors and clients!

Why Are Women leaving the profession in material numbers?

This year’s conference will also focus on the career trajectories of female lawyers. Research reveals that the most experienced women in the profession are leaving in their 40s and 50s—as these women ought to be reaching the highest levels of leadership within their organizations.

We need to better understand the career dynamics of women lawyers, as this incredible loss of talent and expertise is something that the legal profession (and our justice system) simply cannot afford.

We hope you will join your peers this February in San Francisco, as we re-imagine our approach, stimulate thinking about what’s important, and build momentum towards collective action and impact!

Top industry speakers

Patricia Gillette

Public keynote speaker and member of JAMS

Hilarie Bass

President of the American Bar Association, and Co-President, Greenberg Traurig

Caren Ulrich Stacy

Fouder annd CEO, Diversity Lab & OnRamp Fellowship

Paul Grewal

Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Facebook

Brooke Arena

Sr. Counsel, Global Product & Operations at Visa

Naomi Waltman

Naomi Waltman, Senior Vice President & Associate General Counsel, CBS Corporation

Jennifer Zimmerman

Executive Director, Legal and Compliance Division, Morgan Stanley

Bobbi Liebenberg

Partner, Fine Kaplan & Black

Karen Johnson-McKewan

Partner, Orrick

Pamela Miller

Partner, O'Melveny & Myers

Patricia Stanton

Partner, Baker Botts

Natasha Innocenti

Partner, Mlegal Group

Linda Moroney

Partner, Gordon & Rees

Deborah Epstein Henry

Co-Founder, Bliss Lawyers; Founder, DEH Consulting

Joe Morford

Managing Partner, Tucker Ellis

Kelly Dermody

Office Managing Partner, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein

Janice Brown

Founding Partner, Brown Law Group

Rosalie Chamberlain

Director, Rosalie Chamberlain Consulting & Coaching

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