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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Author and attorney Susan Blakely will headline Womble Carlyle’s belated Women’s History Month program in a discussion presented by Women of Womble.
Ms. Blakely is well known for her series of books dedicated to mentoring women at various stages of their legal careers. Her latest publication, Top Down Leadership for Women Lawyers, focuses on building successful paths for women to achieve promotion to leadership in law firms.
In her presentation to Womble Carlyle, Ms. Blakely will discuss the value of women in the profession, the business case for proactive retention of women lawyers, strategies for leading women to success and tips on building effective women’s initiatives.
Women’s History Month took place in March, but with many other firm initiatives taking place that month, Women of Womble leaders chose to host Ms. Blakely’s presentation on Friday, April 28 to avoid scheduling conflicts and maximize attendance for this valuable program. The event takes place live in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office and will be broadcast throughout the firm.
Susan Blakely graduated from the University of Wisconsin with distinction and from Georgetown Law where she was a teaching fellow. Her diverse background includes private practice with law firms, specializing in litigation and land use law, experience in both state and federal courts and before administrative commissions and boards, and service in the public sector as Chief of Staff for an elected official.
After 25 years of practice and public service, Ms. Blakely retired as a law firm partner in 2006. She and her husband, who also is a lawyer, live in Great Falls, Virginia, and have two children who are also pursuing legal careers.