The Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) has recognized Foley with its 2012 Gold Standard Certification for integrating women into the highest levels of firm leadership. This honor recognizes firms that have made a considerable number of women equity partners, extensively incorporated women partners into the governance structure and recognized the contributions of women attorneys through compensation.
Committed to supporting the professional advancement of the firm’s women attorneys, Foley has established a broad range of initiatives that offer career development and networking opportunities. For example, the firm’s Professional Development Program series for women attorneys, facilitated by Foley women partners, is designed to highlight fundamental and practical skills needed for career progression. The Foley Women’s Network acts as both an incubator and resource for training programs, business development, networking efforts and any other advancement issues of interest to the firm’s women attorneys. Additionally, Foley’s Affinity Group Ambassador program is designed to orient new women attorneys and summer associates by pairing them with a Foley woman attorney who acts as an informal mentor during the transition into the firm. Foley is also dedicated to cultivating relationships with many women organizations including the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), which has resulted in exposure and networking opportunities for many of the firm’s women attorneys who regularly attend and present at WPO conferences.
Promoting female attorney advancement is just one facet of the firm’s comprehensive diversity initiative, which focuses on fostering an environment that embraces differences, promotes equality and engenders mutual respect to create a culture of inclusion where all attorneys and staff have the opportunity to excel. Foley is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting diverse attorneys, thereby resulting in a range of perspectives that benefits both the firm’s clients and the communities in which Foley attorneys practice.
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