Women Attorneys at Venable
Women Attorneys at Venable (WAVe) is a diverse group of women attorneys and firm professionals whose mission is to improve the rate of retention, promotion, and advancement of women attorneys within the firm, and to increase the number and strength of women attorney applicants.
WHO WE ARE
- We are Venable professionals united by the common conviction that a woman's professional success depends on her ability to create and grow a strong, sustainable legal practice that contributes to the economic success of the law firm.
- We are empowered by the law firm’s partners and leadership, who strive to attract and retain the most diverse and productive legal talent.
- Our members are attorneys, legislative advisors, and other professionals of all levels of experience, including firm managers and leaders.
- We are a member of WILEF (Women in Law Empowerment Forum), the premier organization for women in law exclusively dedicated to women from the largest law firms and corporate law departments in the United States. Venable was recently awarded the Gold Standard Certification, a status granted to major law firms with 300 or more attorneys who meet objective criteria concerning the number of women among equity partners, in firm leadership positions, and among the ranks of the most highly compensated partners.
- We are self-governed by a Steering Committee, led by Co-Chairs, and we execute through standing committees and special committees.
WHAT WE DO
We prioritize our resources to maximize our effectiveness in the following areas:
- Creating business networking opportunities for women;
- Providing women with professional education and training that promote business development and leadership; and
- Advocating for firm policies that support women’s business networking, education, training, and professional development.
Our Statement of Purpose
articulates our vision and mission.
WHAT WE DO NOT DO
- We are not a social or philanthropic organization.
- We selectively commit our resources to only those activities that will most effectively and efficiently advance our ultimate goal: to promote the economic contributions of women to the law firm.
- The Ultimate Panel: How to Speak Up and Shine as a Panelist or Moderator, with moderator Aracely Muñoz Petrich, Commissioner, Commission on Latinas in the Legal Profession, Hispanic National Bar Association; and guest speakers Hilary Provinse, Senior Vice President, Customer Engagement, Fannie Mae; and Amy K. Rotenberg, President, Rotenberg Associates: Strategic Communications & Counsel
- Is the Nation’s Toughest Fair Pay Act Bridging the Gap in California? What California Employers Need to Know.
- Discussion and Book Signing with Jay Newton-Small, the Washington Correspondent for Time Magazine
- Getting Noticed and Getting Ahead: Personal Brand, Networking and Leadership Skills, with guest speakers Deborah Ben-Canaan, Partner, Major, Lindsey & Africa; Kathleen T. Barlow, Senior Vice President, Marsh USA, Inc.; Wendy Swire, Principal, Swire Solutions, LLC; and Marissa Levin, CEO, Successful Culture
- Celebrating Female Entrepreneurs, with guest speakers Doron Petersan, Founder, Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats; and Anne Mahlum, Founder, Back on My Feet (BoMF)
- NALP, "Diversity Numbers at Law Firms Eke Out Small Gains — Numbers for Women Associates Edge Up After Four Years of Decline" (February 17, 2015)
- Daily Report, "Four Trial Lawyers Unite in Rare All-Women Plaintiffs Firm" (February 27, 2015)
- ABA Litigation Journal, "Women at Big Law No Regrets (On the Record)," Vol. 41, No.2 (Winter 2015)
- ABA Litigation Journal, "A Woman at Big Law No Regrets (Off the Record)," Vol. 41, No.2 (Winter 2015)
Colleen M. Mallon, Co-Chair
Stephanie L. DeLong, Co-Chair
Jennifer J. Bruton
Kelly A. DeMarchis
Nora E. Garrote
Caroline P. Gately
Megan H. Mann
Doreen S. Martin
Lindsay B. Meyer
Amy R. Mudge
Jennifer L. Nassiri
Margaret Lynch Selwood
Sejal C. Shah
Moxila A. Upadhyaya