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Save the Date for February 2021

Women Legal

Illustrating the business imperative for the advancement, retention, and succession of female leadership in the legal profession - while identifying opportunities to open up business dialogues and make useful connections 

The business case for diversity and inclusion has been made, again and again…  

There is a compelling business case for embracing diversity in ways that are practically and intrinsically linked to strategy—as a more diverse team contributes a wider range of experience, skills, and perspectives that enhances team performance, attracts superior talent, better reflects our customer base—and ultimately improves the bottom line.  

Ark Group’s 14th annual WOMEN LEGAL conference will once again examine actions that have had a direct impact on the advancement or preservation of organizations committed to diversity and inclusion—showcasing the journey several firms have made, while sharing real-world practices, experiences and lessons learned on the road to gender equity (with an eye on the future). 


Women Legal is developed exclusively for individuals focused on advancing the increasingly-important dialogue on gender diversity and equality in the legal profession today. This program aims to candidly address and illustrate the business imperative for female leadership as well as provide a roadmap to overcoming the obstacles that stand in the way of leadership positions within law firms and corporate legal departments. Attendees will include:

  • Managing Partners
  • Partners
  • Associates
  • Heads of Human Resources
  • Professional Development and Recruitment Professionals
  • Diversity and Inclusion Managers

There is a compelling business case for embracing diversity in ways that are practically and intrinsically linked to strategy—as a more diverse team contributes a wider range of experience, skills, and perspectives that enhances team performance, attracts superior talent, better reflects our customer base—and ultimately improves the bottom line.

Have we hit a tipping point yet in our quest for gender-balanced law firms—a norm where opportunities, influence and advancement potential are comparable for both men and women? Despite time and money spent on “women’s initiatives,” certifications, and research proclaiming the benefits of a diverse workforce—the numbers say, “not yet.”

However, what gets measured matters. As oftentimes what gets measured, gets done. What can we learn from law firms that are using metrics to measure whether women’s initiatives are producing the intended effect? Do we need to make adjustments for greater impact? Or should these programs be eliminated altogether in favor of another approach?

A look at the women leading today’s practices and firms tells an interesting story. Many are “business development stars” who have cultivated successful practices. As business development ability is an important factor in controlling one’s destiny, it’s an imperative that women have this as a skill set (and we will share how these skills can be used to produce the practice you aspire to create).