"Beyond mentors: why you need a sponsor."
On September 14, 2017, Dechert hosted the ACC New York chapter’s Women’s Group for the program, “Beyond Mentors: Why You Need a Sponsor.” Moderated by May Chiang, an associate at Dechert, the panel included Debbie Epstein Henry, Co-founder and Managing Director of Bliss Lawyers and DEH Consulting; Abbi Chen, Partner, Dechert; and Shea Owens, Assistant General Counsel, KPMG. Offering practical advice and lived experiences, the panelists described the differences between a mentor and a sponsor, the benefits of having a sponsor outside of your organization, and how to cultivate sponsor relationships. The panelists noted the wide percentage gap of men versus women as well as women of color who have sponsors and called on organizations to facilitate formal sponsor programs to overcome intrinsic biases. The program concluded with a networking reception.
warm weather wines, cool women winemakers
On August 2, 2017, ACC-NYC Women’s Group held a Signature Social event featuring a selection of wines made exclusively by women winemakers presented by Convive Wine & Spirits featuring experienced sommelier Skye LaTorre. The Signature Social was hosted by Flirting with Flavors owner Pamela Morgan at a beautiful private venue overlooking Central Park. Ms. Morgan provided a short presentation including tips on entertaining with style.There was delicious selections of hors d’oeuvres to go with the exquisite wine selection.
a mentor for a night clinic
On July 19, 2017, the ACC-NYC Women’s Group hosted a Mentor for a Night Clinic, sponsored by Kirkland & Ellis. The event was a huge success, with over 70 lawyers in attendance. The evening started off with a presentation from career advancement expert, Eve Birnbaum, a former corporate partner at Winston & Strawn, corporate legal director at Proskauer Rose, and founder of the consulting firm Eve Birnbaum Associates. Eve’s presentation included strategies on how to set and achieve realistic career goals, how to identify a mentor, and how to connect and optimize the mentor/mentee relationship.
"Retaining talent: how innovative organizations are helping the working caregiver find balance and achieve success"
On May 16, 2017, Women’s Group Sponsor, Proskauer Rose LLP, hosted a panel discussion entitled, “Retaining Talent: How Innovative Organizations Are Helping the Working Caregiver Find Balance and Achieve Success.” The panel consisted of Krista Carothers, Executive Research Editor at Working Mother Research Institute, Manar S. Morales, President and CEO at the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance, Y. Elizabeth Nie, Vice President, Corporate Transactions at NBCUniversal and Emily B. Zuckerman, Vice President, Global Administration and Legal Affairs at Catalyst, Inc. Moderator Keisha-Ann Gray, a partner at Proskauer, led an informative and open discussion on the particular challenges that women face in their attempt to balance their role as caregivers and successful employees.
The panel shared their advice on how companies and law firms can successfully implement flexible workplace policies, and how employees may advocate for such policies in more conservative environments. While noting that women have particular challenges as caregivers, the panel agreed that the most successful policies are those that are gender-neutral. They also noted that employees are more satisfied with their jobs when their superiors take advantage of any flexible workplace policies, as such acts set the culture for the workplace. Additionally, the panelists emphasized that proper training for both the organizations and the individuals who take advantage of any flexible workplace policies is important to ensure that the policies are being effectively implemented.
After hearing from the panel, there was an active Q&A session, followed by a networking reception.
- Aryn Emert, Assistant General Counsel, CBS Corporation