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No television show gives its viewers more than Game of Thrones – more characters, more plot-lines, more sex, more violence, and more magic. The enormous production values scream from the screen. The frame cannot quite...more

Thriving Through Transformation: How PayPal’s Emily Ward Used Her Network and Values to Define a Year

In 2015, Emily Ward, vice president and deputy general counsel at PayPal, was busy. Her itinerary included helping lead aspects of PayPal's separation from eBay, aiding PayPal's transition as its own company, organizing...more

Feminenglish Part V: Remedies for Lousy Communication

In recent posts, we have been discussing the wasteful and demoralizing patterns of “asymmetrical communication” between male and female lawyers, particularly as it impacts team collaboration and effectiveness, as well as good...more

A Strategic Pause: How Lauri Shanahan Successfully Transitioned to Full Time Board Service

Lauri Shanahan, who went from being the chief legal and administrative officer of a multinational corporation (Gap Inc.), to sitting on the board of directors of three companies, insists that a key to her success has been to...more

Female Lawyer With Republican Boss? Go Back To The Kitchen!

I don’t know what to make of the study, conducted by business professors from the University of Michigan and Temple University, that purports to find a negative correlation between political conservatism among some law firm...more

Feminenglish Part IV: Pointing the Finger

We’re no sociologists, but it’s not hard to divine the root cause of asymmetrical communication between male and female lawyers: the perks, pleasures and pursuit of power. Power both creates and reinforces inequality –...more

High Power, Low Volume: The Dynamics of Feminenglish, Part II

Typical of the way catchy neologisms leap into common currency, there’s a hot new compliment making the rounds these days: “So-and-so speaks truth to power.” The connotations of this high-powered compliment are rich indeed,...more

Battling Law’s Second Language

Americans are derided in foreign cultures because so few of us speak a “foreign” language. We simply figure that in light of America’s overwhelming economic, political and cultural power, we are entitled to demand that...more

WIN Newsletter - 2016

2015 WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP ACADEMY - “Strategies for Success” Panel As part of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s 2015 Women’s Leadership Academy, which was held on October 26-27, 2015, the firm’s women attorneys had the...more

Everyone Needs a Mentor: Even Lawyers

When the first senior partner I ever worked for was about to retire, he shared with me his inspiration: Dear Lord, In the struggle that goes on through life we ask for a field that is fair, a chance that is...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (September 18, 2015)

Start Listening to These 8 Legal Podcasts: With topics ranging from mindfulness to literature, it should be no surprise there are no shortage of legal podcasts to enjoy. Here are eight podcasts that I recommend you add...more

Manterruption IV: Reader Responses & Connecting the Dots

In several recent At the Intersection posts, we commented on some important social research discussing men’s pervasive tendency to interrupt women in group meetings or settings where the power stakes were high...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (August 28, 2015)

It’s Time for Law Firm Leadership to “Lean In”: Susan Smith Blakely, author of the Best Friends at the Bar book series, discusses the “Lean In” mentality and what it really means for women in law careers. (The Girl’s...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (August 21, 2015)

5 Best Practices to Improve SEO for Your Firm’s Website: The reality is that if people can’t easily find your firm and your attorneys online, they won’t — and will instead turn to a competitor with better digital...more

Mintz Levin Alumni Profile — Flora Feng, Senior Director & Legal Counsel, Asia Pacific Region, PepsiCo

Narges Kakalia, a member in the litigation section in our New York office, recently sat down with Mintz Levin alumna Flora Feng, Senior Director & Legal Counsel, Asia Pacific Region for PepsiCo to discuss career transitions,...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (August 7, 2015)

To Hold Women Back, Keep Treating Them Like Men: A thought-provoking article on why treating women like men in the workplace may not be beneficial to their careers. (Harvard Business Review) ...more

Manterruption, Part II: The Quest for a Cure

Don't InterruptIn our last post we discussed the widespread tendency of men to interrupt women in settings where the power stakes were high (manterruption) and their tendency to appropriate women’s comments and ideas as their...more

FLASH UPDATE: No Seat at the Table

Only a few days ago we posted a blog post, Are You a Manterrupter?, in which we discussed how unconscious gender biases of men may compromise leadership communication and result in female colleagues being marginalized, shut...more

[Event] Executive Presence: Behaving and Performing as a Leader - May 12, Westport, CT

Please join the Wiggin and Dana Women's Network for an engaging presentation by Julie Jansen, a popular speaker, author and business consultant to Fortune 500 businesses, privately held companies and...more

That is the Telling Thing: An Interview with Jenna Bedsole

In addition to her credits as attorney and author, Baker Donelson Labor and Employment Chair and Birmingham Shareholder Jenna Bedsole can now add filmmaker to her list of accomplishments. Jenna is the executive producer and...more

The Roundup: This Week’s Recommended Reading (Mar 6, 2014)

Welcome to The Roundup for the week ending March 6. We have lots of thought-provoking pieces to share this week. From Around the Web - What is Good Legal Writing? To find success as a lawyer, it’s critical to be...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (Feb 20, 2014)

From Around the Web - Restore Order to Your Desk to Reduce Stress: Stacks of paper, overflowing inboxes, and cluttered desks are major contributors to stress. To regain a sense of calm, you need to take control of your...more

Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: Carlton Fields' Patterson-Strachan

Shaunda Patterson-Strachan is a shareholder and co-chairwoman of the financial services and insurance litigation practice group at Carlton Fields Jorden Burt in Washington, D.C. She represents life insurance companies in...more

The Roundup: This Week’s Recommended Reading (Jan 23, 2014)

From Around the Web - Staying Motivated While Starting a Solo Law Practice: Starting a solo law practice can be invigorating and exciting, but after the adrenaline fades, how do lawyers stay motivated? Susan Cartier...more

25 Years of Creating Opportunities for Minorities and Women

CMCP’s marquee event, the annual Business Conference, was held in San Francisco from October 20th to the 21st and included two full days of panel discussions, speeches and awards ceremonies. This year’s event was particularly...more

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