WELCOME
As Global Chair of WILEF, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) web site. Now in its tenth year, we continue to build out WILEF as the premier organization for women in law exclusively dedicated to women from the largest law firms and corporate law departments in the United States. The importance of helping women in law achieve their career goals cannot be minimized. In today's environment law firms are focused on retaining existing clients and developing new business. Part of the equation involves fostering the retention and promotion of women.

The WILEF Gold Standard Certification initiative which we launched in 2011 has clearly become the centerpiece of our continued commitment to being the change agent for women in law firms to rise within the firm as business developers and leaders. We are so proud of the firms that have certified and we look forward to other firms achieving this status.

Currently WILEF presents cutting edge programming in eight markets--WILEF East (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut), WILEF Northern California, WILEF Southern California, WILEF DC (Washington D.C. and its surrounding area), WILEF Chicago (Chicago and its surrounding area), WILEF Southwest (Houston and Dallas), WILEF Boston and WILEF London.

WILEF Co-Founders include: Peggy Cohen (WILEF East), Natasha Innocenti (WILEF Northern California), Jane Sullivan Roberts (WILEF DC) and Lisa Snow (WILEF Chicago);WILEF Co-Vice Chairs: Janet Markoff (WILEF East), Pamela Martinson and Amy Park (WILEF Southern and Northern California), Jessica Hough (WILEF DC), Elizabeth McCloy (WILEF Chicago), Laura Hodges Taylor (WILEF Boston), Yvette Ostolaza and Noelle Reed (WILEF Southwest) and Melinda Wallman (WILEF London/International); WILEF Co-Chairs: Phyllis Korff and Patti Skigen (WILEF East), Mary Huser, Meryl Macklin and Judith Zahid (WILEF Northern California), Rebecca Torrey and Merle Vaughn (WILEF Southern California), Rachel Alexander, Mary Ellen Callahan and Stephanie DeLong (WILEF DC), Susan Charles, Linda Myers and Jennifer Reiners (WILEF Chicago), Margaret Cohen, Jennifer Moss and Elizabeth Smith, Ann Margaret Dudley (WILEF Southwest) and Rajinder Bassi and Lynnsey McCall (WILEF London). Melique Jones and Danyale Price co-chair WILEF’s Diversity Committee; Libby McGarry chairs the WILEF Certification Committee and Shira Levin chairs the WILEF Young Lawyers Committee. WILEF Administration: Mary Hicks, Global Director of Administration, Rhonda Horowitz, Director, Office of the Global Chair and Gwen Nugent Flanagan, Director of Finance; Executive Directors: Senior Executive Director Silvana DelCarpio (WILEF DC), Jennifer Haas (WILEF East), Tracey Guinyard (WILEF Northern and Southern California), Gabriella Guajardo (WILEF Chicago), Nesli Orhon (WILEF Boston) and Suvi Bisnath (WILEF London).

--Elizabeth Anne “Betiayn” Tursi, Global Chair and Co-Founder, WILEF

MISSION STATEMENT

Our vision is to create a dialogue for the purpose of educating women in law on how to become leaders in the workplace and in the community by building, exercising and implementing a strong sense of empowerment. We will “start the conversation” on the topics that are top of mind to all women in law. We will lead by example as change agents. Our goal is to achieve results that will foster the adoption of new policies and practices to advance women in law.



WHAT'S NEW AT WILEF

The Men Are Officially in the Room.

The Women in Law Empowerment Forum is pleased to announce the addition of six men to its Global Advisory Board, the first men to hold seats on the Board.

The men joining the Board are:

The expansion of WILEF’s Global Advisory Board will see the six highly regarded male attorneys join the current Board, composed of 92 prominent women attorneys. “We always hear groups complaining about not having the men in the room,” said WILEF Global Chair Elizabeth Anne “Betiayn” Tursi. “With the addition of these six outstanding male colleagues, we now can say ‘The men are in the room!’ We are excited that going forward we will be including Creighton, Joe, Eric, Mike, Marco and Carter in discussions involving WILEF’s continued growth.”

 

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