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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

    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

    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.

  • 3 Female Bates White employees and 4 teenage girls sitting together and smiling at the camera.

    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

  • 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.
  • July 2023“Talented Ladies” visit Bates White

    The BW Women’s Network hosted an office visit for high school girls participating in the DC Department of Parks and Recreation’s life-skills program.

    2 adult female employees with around a dozen teenage girls; they are clustered together, smiling, and some feature "peace" signs.
  • August 2023Self-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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