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Womble Carlyle has received national recognition for integrating women into the highest levels of firm leadership.
Womble Carlyle has been named a 2015 Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) Gold Standard Firm. In order to earn this honor, firms must meet objective criteria proving “that a significant number of women have attained the highest leadership levels in the firm.”
Specifically, Womble Carlyle demonstrated that women partners comprise at least:
Women serve in key roles and in many of the top leadership positions within the firm, including serving on the Firm Management Committee and Executive Committee, as ; Office Managing Partners, Department Heads, Practice Group and Team Leaders, and Chairs of Key Firm Committees.
In addition, Betty Temple will become the firm’s Chair and Managing Partner on Jan. 1, 2016.
Womble Carlyle has a formal leadership development program, “Leadership Womble” and, specifically, a “Women of Womble” leadership initiative which was launched in 2006 to offer young women lawyers leadership and client development opportunities. The initiative’s explicit goal is to help women lawyers to advance within the firm and in the profession. The firm also has a strong contingent of high performing, successful female partners who mentor and develop young talent, regardless of gender.
“We believe that our clients benefit when opportunities to succeed at our firm are available to all,” said Womble Carlyle partner Ellen Gregg, the leader of the firm’s Case Management Facility and Chair of the Professionalism Committee. “While we have more work to do, the WILEF Gold Standard is a nice acknowledgement that we have made significant strides in promoting equal access for women.”
WILEF is dedicated to assisting women in law to assume leadership roles within the National Law Journal 250 law firms, in Fortune 1000 legal departments and in their respective communities. WILEF presents cutting edge programming that provides an educational and networking forum for women in law and women law school students.