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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

  • 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.

  • 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

    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.

  • Community involvement

    To help foster the next generation of women, the network hosts field trips for organizations promoting STEM careers for girls. In addition, 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

Recent/upcoming Women’s Network events

  • June 2022Panel on healthcare prices and consumer protection

    Our Women’s Network hosted a panel that featured views from distinguished women in-house counsel on healthcare prices and consumer protection.

    Panel on healthcare prices and consumer protection
  • July 2022Lunchtime book discussion on workplace data bias

    The Women’s Network held a lunchtime discussion of Caroline Criado Perez's Invisible Women, an award-winning, research-driven book that examines how a gender gap in data perpetuates bias.

    Invisible Women book cover section
  • November 2022Cultural humility and strategies to address mictrotriggers

    The Diversity-Inclusion Council, Women’s Network, and International Network hosted an interactive workshop on developing cultural humility and its role in addressing microtriggers.

    Title slide from presentation on Cultural Humility and Strategies to Address Microtriggers
  • March 2023International Women's Day

    Everyone’s in purple to celebrate International Women's Day and raise money for The Women’s Microfinance Initiative.

    Large group of people sits in an office setting smiling at the camera and wearing different shades of purple clothing

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