Women's Initiatives

Shearman & Sterling proudly participates in a number of initiatives that promote the development of the talented women throughout our firm and community, especially those that foster new and strengthened relationships with our colleagues, clients, alumni and other professional women. These initiatives provide opportunities for professional development and for building strong relationships, while ultimately enhancing the exceptional client service our firm is known for. We believe our inclusive culture contributes to our outstanding client service and work environment.

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Women Focused Inclusion Network

WISER (the Women’s Initiative for Success, Excellence and Retention) is an associate-run inclusion network that works to support and advance the hiring, retention, development and promotion of women lawyers. WISER provides a forum for discussion of women’s issues in the law and business. WISER emphasizes mentoring, professional development and awareness for all lawyers across offices and practice groups. Please click here for more information regarding WISER.

New Social Media

@ShearmanWomen Twitter Feed – We initiated an innovative Twitter feed in 2013 named @ShearmanWomen. Believed to be among the first social media platforms in the law firm community focused on advancing the promotion of women in law and business, @ShearmanWomen tweets regularly, including live tweets from seminars and other programs. Tweets focus on topics of broad interest to women in law and business. Follow @ShearmanWomen below or at http://www.twitter.com/shearmanwomen!

Connecting in the Legal and Business Community

  • Lean In—In March 2013, we became a Platform Partner of the Lean In initiative launched by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, emphasizing empowerment and equality for women. Our Senior Partner Creighton Condon noted, “We are ‘leaning in’ because the leadership and perspectives women bring to our firm, our work, and our clients around the world are essential to our success.” Lean In events and circle meetings are held regularly to raise awareness, encourage participation and foster inclusion throughout the firm, as well as the greater legal and business communities. Lean In Education Circle discussions have included such topics as “Power and Influence,” “Negotiation,” and “Team Dynamics.” The meetings are facilitated by Lean In Resource Partners in the U.S. and Asia offices. Please click here for the firm’s Lean In press statement.
  • Ellevate—Shearman & Sterling is a member of Ellevate (formerly 85 Broads), a global women’s network led by Wall Street veteran Sallie Krawcheck. Through this effort, membership benefits have been extended to the firm’s women associates and counsel in the Americas. For more information regarding Ellevate, please click here. To read the firm’s press release on 85 Broads, please click here.
  • Women In Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF)—Shearman & Sterling is a member of WILEF, a premier organization dedicated to the advancement of women in law firms and corporate legal departments. Please click here for more information regarding WILEF.
  • The Glass Hammer—Shearman & Sterling is a founding sponsor of The Glass Hammer, an online community designed for women executives in financial services, law and business. Please visit theglasshammer.com for more information and to receive its weekly newsletter.
  • Think, Act, Report—Shearman & Sterling is a signatory to Think, Act, Report, a UK based campaign which supports gender equality in the workplace. Please click here for more information regarding Think, Act, Report.

The Data

  • 41% of the associates and counsel in our US offices are women
  • 21% of the partners in our US offices are women

Women partners are represented in the Capital Markets, Finance, Project Development & Finance, Asset Management, Mergers & Acquisitions, New York Corporate, Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits, Real Estate, Litigation, Antitrust and Tax Practice Groups. Several women partners lead practice groups and committees within the firm and serve in senior leadership and management roles.



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