Growing Your Women’s Group: Expanding Your Reach and Increasing Interest

July 26, 2018 10:45am

Kathleen Gersh
Senior Counsel
Loeb & Loeb LLP (New York, NY)

Yoon Kang
Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh (Toronto, ON)

Cara Z. Lowen
VP and Chief IP Counsel
Bioverativ, a Sanofi company (Waltham, MA)

Patricia Kavee Melick
Wiggin & Dana LLP (Stamford, CT)

Jennifer Santos
Head of Global Corporate Compliance Operations
Vertex Pharmaceuticals (Boston, MA)

  • Evolving to become more than just a “women’s group”
    • Boost your appeal and connect with other subgroups such as parents and young attorneys
    • Creating events or offshoot groups that cater to the needs of your audience and increase participation
    • Networking with other groups, both internally and cross company, to put on joint events and gain more exposure
  • Discussing which diversity initiatives are working, which aren’t, and why
  • Understanding the difference between sponsorship and mentorship programs and determining which might work best for your organization