WOMEN LEGAL 2018Illustrating 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
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!