Promotion and retention of women is an important part of our diversity and inclusion efforts at Sullivan & Worcester. We have a long tradition of promoting and supporting women attorneys at the firm, and our Women’s Initiative strives to provide a warm and welcoming community that encourages women attorneys in meeting their professional goals.
One of the key Women’s Initiative efforts is mentoring and professional development support for women attorneys. We bring in outside speakers to provide formal training on networking, communication and implicit bias, and the Women’s Initiative sponsors mid and senior-level female associates to attend leadership and networking training programs. In our “Get to Know the Women Partners” series, a female partner within the firm shares her story of her career path in an informal program that all attorneys are welcome to attend, and makes herself available for more junior attorneys to discuss how to advance their legal careers. Our female associates meet regularly for “brown bag lunches” to share stories and help the firm develop ways to encourage women in the firm and in the industry as a whole, and the Women’s Initiative sponsors social events for female associates and partners to get to know each other better and help foster informal mentoring and support.
Organizations Committed to the Inclusion of Women
- The Boston Chamber of Commerce Women’s Network The firm is actively involved in the Chamber’s Women’s Network, including serving on the Women’s Network Advisory Board and sponsoring mid and senior-level associates through the Network’s Women’s Leadership Program, which provides emerging female leaders training on leadership and networking skills. The Network aims to connect women of all career levels throughout the Boston business community and strengthen their professional networks.
- The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession The Commission presents the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Distinction Awards and supports issues of interest to women attorneys.
- Direct Women Project The DW Project works to increase the number of women attorneys on the Boards of Directors of major U.S. corporations and institutions. The DW Project operates the Sandra Day O’Connor Board Excellence Awards and the Direct Women Board Institute.