It is becoming very clear that women are an unstoppable force, which will be changing the face of business in America and in the world in the next several decades. The changes are already taking place and have caught the attention of commenters worldwide, including the participants and attendees at the most recent conferences of the prestigious World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. As noted at those events, the number of women world leaders and women business entrepreneurs is on the rise, and women, from large corporate C-Suite members in the developed world to small business owners in the far corners of Africa, are gaining attention. There is still a very long way to go for parity, but the advance of women on the world stage is palpable.
So, it will be no surprise to you that there is an energetic ongoing effort to compile data about women in the workplace. For one example, check out these recent figures from Anne Loehr, an expert in developing authentic and transformational leadership: http://www.anneloehr.com/statistics-to-kickstart-the-rise-of-women-in-the-workforce/.
These figures generally support what many of us in the law profession have been talking about for years. For instance, nearly fifty per cent of the law school graduates are women, and yet fewer than 20 per cent of the partners in law firms across the nation are women and there are only five female managing partners of the group of large law firms that are commonly referred to as “Big Law.” Women also are very poorly represented on the management and policy committees in law firms. However, this disparity is getting a lot of attention through projects like Best Friends at the Bar and programs sponsored by law organizations, and there is hope that those numbers will improve as part of this trend that can only be described as “the rise of women in the workplace.”
These issues will be among those addressed by the 2013 Women’s Forum sponsored by Georgetown Law. Although the conference has been limited to Georgetown Law alumni in the past, this year the one-day conference on Friday, June 14, 2013 will be open to all lawyers. It is a great opportunity to network with other women lawyers, share experiences and build strong professional relationships. The event will feature panels of accomplished Georgetown Law alumnae and other speakers on topics of interest to all women lawyers. For more information and to register, visit: www.law.georgetown.edu/alumni/alumni-events/womens-forum/index.cfm.
As a Georgetown Law graduate, I personally invite you to attend. The people at the law school who are responsible for this event are well known to me, and they do a fine job of keeping us informed about the progress of women in the law and the challenges that continue to face us. It is an event that you will not want to miss.
I will be there on June 14th, and I hope that you will join me. Be a Hoya for a day!