For several years Peggy Cohen, Vice President and Managing Director, Northeast & Mid-Atlantic Regions, Global Capital Markets at RR Donnelley had the dream of creating a forum in New York that would educate and provide networking opportunities for women in law firms. In 2007, she turned to Betiayn Tursi, a pioneer in law firm marketing, business development and women in law issues to make her dream a reality. And so, the Women in Law Empowerment Forum was born. In May of 2007, WILEF East held its first program at the University Club in New York City. It was attended by over one hundred women.
In 2009, WILEF's Global Chair and Co-Founder, Betiayn Tursi, took WILEF to a national platform with the creation of WILEF West. In 2010 WILEF DC was launched and in 2011 WILEF Chicago debuted. In October of 2014, WILEF Southwest (Houston/Dallas) and WILEF Boston were launched and in 2015 WILEF went global with the creation of WILEF London and the expansion to Southern California as a separate market. In 2016 WILEF will celebrate its Tenth Anniversary with special events around the country and London.. The dream is now a reality and as Betiayn always says “It’s all about giving women in law the toolbox to become leaders".