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Women's Network

The Women’s Network provides a platform to address issues of interest to employees broadly and women specifically. It helps participants deepen connections across the firm and provides a vehicle for sharing information on gender-based issues.

 

What we do

  • Three young women standing together and smiling. The screen next to them is titled, “International Women’s Day 2024.”

    Education and information sharing

    The network sponsors educational events to raise awareness of gender-based issues. Topics have included women in leadership, work-life balance, and the underlying factors that contribute to the promotion gap.

  • Three young women standing together, smiling at the camera. Two of them are holding coffee cups.

    Networking

    The Women’s Network hosts regular drop-in breakfasts and lunches, where employees chat about topics of interest and connect with women across the firm. The network also created mentorship pods where small groups of women across levels connect and support each other.

  • Joint programming with clients

    Joint programming with clients

    The network partners with clients to host programming around a variety of topics. These events provide excellent networking opportunities and a chance to learn. Topics have included body language and communications, navigating and advancing your career, and issues in the healthcare industry.

  • A group of young women standing together and smiling.

    Community involvement

    To help foster the next generation of women, the network hosts field trips for organizations promoting STEM careers, including DC Treks and Talented Ladies. Additionally, in conjunction with this year’s International Women’s Day, the network organized a fundraiser for Women’s Microfinance Initiative, providing microloans to women in rural areas in Africa.

Voices of the Women’s Network

  • We enjoy making connections and collaborating with women professionals in the legal community

    "One of my favorite aspects of the Women’s Network are the programs that we organize with outside attorneys and experts. They provide thought-provoking perspectives and excellent business connections. We learn so much from sharing our knowledge and experiences!"

    Alicia Xu, Manager

  • We are eager to teach and learn from one another

    "The Women’s Network provides a place for women to connect and share experiences so we can learn from each other. Personally, I find it extremely valuable for mentoring future leaders and fostering relationships in a meaningful way."

    Rachel Grinberg, Partner

  • We work together with organizations to empower women

    "I remember learning in an introductory college economics course that one of the most powerful forces for fighting gender inequality is empowering women financially. For International Women’s Day this year, I was excited that the BW Women’s Network partnered with the Women’s Microfinance Initiative, a local organization that funds microloan projects in rural areas of Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. I’m proud of all of us at Bates White for supporting WMI's mission!"

    Manush Mobarhan, Consultant II

Highlights

  • February 2024Bates White hosts GW Women in Business

    The Women's Network sponsored an event showcasing the diversity of career paths at the firm.

    A group of young women standing together and smiling.
  • March 2024Employees celebrate International Women's Day

    Colleagues wore purple, donated to the Women's Microfinance Initiative, and held a program on the history of women in the workforce.

    A large group of men and women smiling together, with one woman in front holding the camera selfie-style. Most of them are wearing purple.
  • February 2024Women's Network forms mentorship pods

    Every year the Women's Network creates small topic-based mentorship groups to foster connections across the firm.

    A few young women sit together around a table, smiling and holding coffee cups.
  • April 2024Self-defense workshop 

    Employees learned basic self-defense techniques in a program sponsored by the Women’s Network.

    Two women smile at the camera, one holding a black mat, while other women and men in the background practice self-defense exercises
  • October 2023Women's Network hosted a Snack & Chat to discuss women in economics

    The Women's Network led a conversation on current statistics and challenges for women in economics.

    A woman standing in front of a screen, displaying a slideshow titled "Women in Economics."

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