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Getting the Conversation Started: One law firm's quest to encourage both its male and female professionals to go ALL IN on leaning in

February 6, 2015
Susan E. Stoffer , Melissa Foster Bird

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As a lean in platform partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP and its diversity committee are taking steps to enhance the recruitment and retention of female attorneys and policy advisors to further their success, promote leadership and foster a better understanding of the unique issues facing women. Our strategic, structured focus on these issues will also allow the firm to enhance the diversity of perspectives we bring to clients and to advance a shared interest in improving diversity more broadly within the profession.

Supporting the Nelson Mullins Women On the Go (WOGO) affinity groups helps us achieve these objectives. The WOGO groups host internal and external networking events and use Lean In materials and programs (available at www.leanin.org) to share ideas and experiences. Our bimonthly publication, WOGO News, highlights the leadership achievements of our female professionals and provides information about the group’s events to all firm employees and clients. Twitter users can follow WOGO @NMRSWomen. While these initiatives provide critical support to our female professionals, it is our new “ALLI (All Leaning In) Circles” that are pushing traditional boundaries.

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