We are committed to advancing the development of the talented women at Shearman & Sterling. Women hold significant leadership positions at the Firm including Global Managing Partner as well as practice group leaders and policy committee members.
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 and alumni. These initiatives provide constructive opportunities for professional development as we strive to retain the next generation of top talent that represents our diverse clients and the marketplace we serve.
Our high-performance culture of collaboration and inclusion seeks to ensure that all talent feels included as well as encouraged to contribute to our work across practices and in our many offices around the world. These efforts contribute to our track record of excellence in serving clients with whom we actively collaborate to advance diversity and inclusion. Our inclusive teams succeed by providing broader perspectives that offer uncommon insights to best formulate outstanding client solutions.
Women Partners Committee. All women partners of Shearman & Sterling are members of the Women Partners Committee. The Women Partners Committee meets regularly to discuss external and internal initiatives at the Firm.
ShearmanWomen Council. The ShearmanWomen Council is a working group of partners and associates who act as a steering committee for women-related initiatives at the Firm in three key areas:
Partner-led external initiatives, including existing client development, new client pitches, professional organization participation and leadership
Partner-led internal initiatives, including recruiting, community building, professional development and sponsorship
Provide guidance to associate-led initiatives
WISER. WISER (Women’s Initiative for Success, Excellence and Retention) is our associate-led women’s network that supports mentorship, professional development, and awareness for lawyers across offices and practice groups.
Women Partner Mentoring Circles. In 2020, we launched our Women Partner Mentoring Circles. This program provides women partners with the opportunity to mentor women associates in small group circles. These mentoring circles are global in scope, creating connections between practices, offices and seniorities throughout the firm. This structure provides our women associate participants the opportunity to self-select a mentoring circle.
By giving participants the ownership to choose which group they would like to join as opposed to assigning groups, we empower our more junior women to engage with women partners in a way that resonates with them. By creating mentoring circles – as opposed to mentoring pairs – mentees can learn from one another as well as from partner mentors. Mentees imbue the environment with more openness and encourage the sharing of best practices.
Office Hours. Our women partners host office hours that provide women attorneys with support and resources to navigate their roles. Women attorneys are encouraged to reach out to women partners for guidance.
Social Events. Informal quarterly gatherings hosted by our women partners are opportunities for connection and conversation in our offices.
Shearman & Sterling holds events and programs, both formal and informal, to develop and maintain connections between our people, our clients, and our alumni with a focus on professional development, networking, and mentoring.
Women’s General Counsel Forum and Senior Counsel Bootcamp. Our GC Forum brings together women leaders in law to share experiences, enrich and inspire one another as they learn best practices that will help them lead their organizations more effectively. Our Women's Senior Counsel Bootcamp was developed to support the career advancement and professional development of women assistant general counsels and deputy general counsels.
The Shearman Coffee Club for Women in Law. These virtual fireside chats provide an intimate forum for networking and sharing of best practices among our women lawyers and clients.
Collaboration with our Clients. We collaborate both formally and informally with women’s initiatives at our clients, hosting joint programming, exchanging ideas, and working together to support women in our community.
We value our relationships with organizations that support professional development for women in the law including WILEF (Women In Law Empowerment Forum), a member-organization that is dedicated to advancing women in law firms and corporate legal departments.
Recognizing the need that low-income women and women-oriented organizations have for access to legal services, we offer pro bono services to groups whose mission is to defend women’s rights across the globe. We also partner with service organizations that are focused on empowering women and girls in their communities.
New Parent Program. Our New Parent and Caregiver Mentoring program matches expectant and new parents and caregivers with colleagues who also have children or are caregivers. Mentees receive advice and assistance with navigating issues while managing professional responsibilities and goals. This program is a joint effort between Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Professional Development.
Family Resources. Our resources include: