The article, “How 4 Firms Are Moving The Needle On Gender Diversity” by Sindhu Sundar published in Law360, reports that law firms Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, FordHarrison LLP, Jackson Lewis PC, and Ropes & Gray are exceptional at making the workplace welcoming for women. At these firms, women make up more than 40% of attorneys over the past three years. According to Sundar, these firms are able to succeed in gender diversity because of the, “flexible work arrangements, mentorship programs for women, and leadership training initiatives,” among other elements of the firms’ work culture, recruitment, and promotion practices.
Thirteen years ago, leadership at FordHarrison appointed their first diversity and inclusion manager. Now, the diversity partner will always be part of FordHarrison’s executive committee, which means that the diversity partner has a voice in making decisions about compensation and promotions. FordHarrison is just one law firm that has committed itself to gender diversity in the workplace and has seen great strides in a few short years.
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