April 2021

Making Waves: Highlights from Women Attorneys at Venable (WAVe)

3 min

Women's History Month Celebrations

Jill Wine-BanksWomen Who Inspire: A Conversation with "the Watergate Girl," Jill Wine-Banks

In honor of Women's History Month, WAVe hosted an insightful conversation between lawyer and author Jill Wine-Banks and Venable partner Courtney Sullivan. Wine-Banks discussed her new book, The Watergate Girl, which recounts her experiences as the only woman on the prosecution team in the Watergate scandal and the often absurd challenges working women faced in the all too recent past.

Who Inspires You?

WAVe hosted a special Who Inspires You? campaign on LinkedIn, inviting attorneys and professional staff to consider the contributions of inspirational women from all walks of life. Professionals offered tributes to climate activists like Greta Thunberg, extraordinary writers like Margaret Atwood, business leaders like Charita Lucas, and the great circle of friends they rely on. To explore our campaign or share the tributes with your own networks, visit the firm's Linkedin feed.


Member Spotlight

Vega BelindaBoard Diversity – A Passing Fad or the Wave of the Future?

Following new legislative measures, businesses across the country are beginning to diversify their boards. In this Q & A, Venable partner Belinda Vega discusses the pros and cons of government mandates, how diversity impacts companies' bottom lines, and whether this trend is likely to continue.

Ani HovanessianAni Hovanessian Recognized as a Notable Woman in Law

Ani Hovanessian, co-chair of Venable's East Coast Estate Planning Group, was named a Notable Women in Law for 2021 by Crain's New York Business. This award honors women for their professional achievements, involvement in industry and community organizations, and demonstrated leadership ability.

Garrote NoraNora Garrote named a Latino Leader Worth Watching

Partner in charge of Diversity and Inclusion and co-chair of the Intellectual Property Transactions Group Nora Garrote was recognized among Profiles in Diversity Journal's Latino Leaders Worth Watching for 2021. This award honors purpose-driven professionals who blaze new trails, excel in their field, mentor colleagues, and promote diversity and inclusion.

WAVe Members Participate in Key Diversity in Leadership Programs

This month, WAVe member Danielle Lawrence, an associate in Venable's Labor and Employment Group, was chosen to participate in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Pathfinders program. The program is designed to provide high-potential, early-career attorneys from diverse backgrounds with practical tools for developing and leveraging critical career development strategies, including leadership and the building of professional networks. Danielle will participate in intensive training, online experiential learning, and opportunities to network with peers and LCLD Fellows and alumni.

The Art of Networking in Lockdown – Q & A with Judith Kim and Cindy Zuniga

Last year, just before the country went into lockdown, Cindy Zuniga, an associate in the Commercial Litigation Group, and Judith Kim, an associate in the Nonprofit Organizations Group, joined the LCLD pathfinders program. In this Q & A, Cindy and Judith discuss their experiences with the program and the challenges and unexpected benefits of virtual networking.

Women's History Resource Guide

In order to better understand the significance of women's achievements and to build upon them, WAVe has compiled a resource guide for our colleagues and friends. Among those we recommend are Encyclopedia Womannica, a new podcast that illuminates the stories of women overlooked in history; A Black Women's History of the United States by Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross, which highlights the contributions of African American women; the Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's excellent guide to raising a feminist child, Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions; a Library of Congress publication featuring the women codebreakers of World War II; and for children, I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy, a picture book about the late judge's life and achievements.


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