Recognizing the particular challenges that women face in legal careers, in 2008 the firm launched a formal program, Women At KDW, to provide networking, mentoring and learning opportunities for women associates. Our Women Partners Group is equally active, meeting regularly to network, mentor women associates, cross-market and share business development strategies.
Events range from informal social gatherings to more structured programming, including panel presentations and seminars organized around specific areas of interest. The group, now known collectively as Women of Kelley Drye, also organizes an annual firm-wide service event benefitting local women’s charities.
Other efforts focused on promoting the advancement of women lawyers include:
- Sponsorship of―and participation in―womens’ legal organizations, including the ABA Commission on Women, National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL), National Women’s Law Center, the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law, Women In Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) and other diversity-focused organizations, as well as corporate membership in Flex Time Lawyers, a consulting service providing advice and resources for retention and work-life balance, with a focus on women.
- While flexibility is a benefit extended to all Kelley Drye attorneys, 20% of our women attorneys currently have a flexible work arrangement. We also offer a gender-neutral parental leave policy that includes adoption.
- Kelley Drye is an active member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). Our women lawyers are invited to apply for its Fellows, Pathfinder and Scholars programs, which provide highly structured training and development opportunities designed to build the next generation of women law firm leaders.
In a program inaugurated in 2016, our Special Counsel women are paired with the firm’s senior management to optimize career advancement opportunities in a sponsorship program. The goal of the sponsorship program is to increase the number of women in the partnership.
By the Numbers:
- 35% of our practice group leaders are women
- 25% of our office managing partners are women
- 50% of our partner compensation committee members are women
- 18% of our firm’s executive committee members are women
- 54% of our associates are women
- 18% of our partners are women