SPOTLIGHT

Women’s Network

In 2013, four female colleagues started an informal networking group to deepen connections across the firm and provide a vehicle for sharing information on gender-based issues. The group quickly gained traction and bloomed into today’s Bates White Women’s Network, with more than 80 participants.

Fueled by Bates White’s guiding principles of empowering its people and building an environment where diverse skill sets are valued, the Women’s Network provides a platform to address issues of interest to employees broadly and women specifically. These include:

  • Education and information sharing—Topics have included women in leadership, work-life balance, body language and communications, and empirical evidence on the gender pay gap.
  • Networking—Through events such as happy hours, lunches, and coffee breaks, women at the firm to get to know each other in an informal environment. 
  • Outreach—The Women’s Network partners with other organizations to connect with potential clients and learn from women in related fields. In addition, to encourage the next generation of women to pursue a career in STEM-related fields, the Women’s Network partnered with Techbridge Girls, a nonprofit organization that provides hands-on STEM learning opportunities for girls in low-income communities.

“I joined Bates White in 2003 as a Consultant. Currently a Principal and a mother of two sons, I benefited from the opportunity to work on a variety of challenging and interesting cases at Bates White as well as great sponsors who helped me navigate my career path. I hope that my experience provides an example that it’s possible to be dedicated to client work and active in firm leadership roles, while still placing a high priority on family commitments.”

~Margaret D. Albaugh, MA, Principal

“At Bates White, we’re committed to recruiting and retaining talented individuals with diverse backgrounds and to providing a quality work experience. We offer meaningful work assignments, extensive training, mentoring, tuition assistance, leadership opportunities, an award-winning community service program, and competitive benefits.”

~Michelle A. Planty, SPHR, Chief Human Resources Officer