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Women's Leadership Committee

Mayer Brown is committed to diversity in all respects, including through providing a platform for success and growth for its female partners. For some of our female lawyers that commitment is reflected in the significant global leadership positions they hold within the firm, some of which are highlighted below. For others, it is reflected in their leadership in local practices, or on their client or industry teams. For some, the firm has been a platform from which they have become judges or general counsels of companies. For most, however, the commitment is reflected in their accomplishments as superb practitioners, recognized as such by the firm’s clients and the partners’ peers within the profession.

We emphasize the importance of recruitment and advancement of women as the right thing to do and as a business imperative. This is essential to our growth strategy and to the strength of our firm. That is why we focus on gender diversity not just at promotions time but throughout the year through a range of women’s initiatives designed to support our women in their professional advancement.

Women’s initiatives at Mayer Brown are governed by our global Women’s Leadership Committee working in conjunction with the firm’s global Management Committee. The Women’s Leadership Committee is a global committee made up of female partners in the firm’s various offices. The Committee’s mission is to enhance and improve the firm’s retention and advancement of women by focusing on both professional development and business development. Each year the Committee works closely with firm management to identify opportunities and methods to support our female lawyers.

Certain Women’s Leadership Committee programming focuses specifically on ensuring success for the female partners at Mayer Brown. For example, we host specific programming and networking activities for women at our annual partners’ retreats (both regional and global). We also provide group and individual business development coaching for female partners, professional development programs, networking opportunities specifically focused on female lawyers and their clients/potential clients, and much more.

In addition, in each region or office, there is a Women’s Forum which governs women’s initiatives at the office level. The activities of the Women’s Forums include facilitating mentoring groups within the firm (groups of female lawyers across seniority levels and practice areas), assisting in recruiting efforts, providing regular networking, training and professional development events for women within the office, assisting in promotion efforts, hosting client panels and events, and addressing specific requests and needs of the female lawyers in the office.

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