As National Chair of WILEF, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) web site. Now in its ninth 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 six markets--WILEF East (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut), WILEF West (San Francisco and Palo Alto), WILEF DC (Washington D.C. and its surrounding area), WILEF Chicago (Chicago and its surrounding area), WILEF Southwest (Houston and Dallas) and WILEF Boston. In late June of 2015 we will launch WILEF London.

Working with me on all programming and initiatives is my Co-Founder, Peggy Cohen and National Co-Vice Chairs Natasha Innocenti, Janet Markoff, Elizabeth McCloy and Ellen Ostrow. The newly-created Office of the National Chair will be headed by Alitia Faccone. WILEF leadership is comprised of twelve outstanding co-chairs: WILEF East is co-chaired by Patti Skigen and Jennifer Zimmerman. Mary Huser, Pam Martinson and Amy S. Park co-chair WIILEF West. Lauren Degnan and Jessica Hough co-chair WILEF D.C., Pamela DiCarlantonio and Susan Charles co-chair WILEF Chicago, Shauna Clark, Odette McMurrey Mace and Yvette Ostolaza co-chair WILEF Southwest and Jennifer Moss, Elizabeth Smith and Laura C. Hodges Taylor Co-Chair WILEF Boston. Our National Director of Administration is Mary Hicks. Merle S. Vaughn and Melique Jones co-Chair WILEF’s Diversity Committee. Libby McGarry chairs the Gold Standard Certification Committee and Shira Levin chairs the Young Lawyers Committee. In addition, we have five wonderful Executive Directors: Allyn Perry covers WILEF East, Deana Kardel covers WILEF West, Silvana Del Carpio covers WILEF DC, Tina Cohen covers WILEF Chicago and Ann-Margaret Dudley covers WILEF Southwest.

Enjoy your visit to our web site. If you have any questions, please send them to me via our contact page.

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

Our vision is to create a dialogue for the purpose of educating women in law firms 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 firms today. 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 firms.



Please visit the Leadership Coaching page and Business Development Coaching page and Networking & Digital Engagement page for exciting news on our WILEF-endorsed for hire Leadership Coach, Ellen Ostrow and our WILEF-endorsed for hire Business Development Coach, David Freeman and our WILEF-endorsed for hire Networking & Digital Engagement Coach, Kelly Hoey.

To date fifty-one firms have met the 2014 WILEF Gold Standard. See Certification page.

The inaugural events of WILEF Southwest in Houston and WILEF Boston were huge successes.  In late June of 2015 WILEF London will present its inaugural program.

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