Our alumnae report that the program is life-changing
Every participant gets something different from the WLF experience, because everyone who enters the program brings with them her individual challenges and aspirations. At the same time, participants become part of a collective, transformative experience.
A Trusted and Respected Peer Group
to Support Learning and Growth
A common refrain from WLF participants is “I thought I was the only one!” The reality is virtually all high-performing women lawyers face a common set of challenges in work and life. WLF cohorts provide each participant the unique experience of being part of a network of trusted and respected peers who share real-time challenges, discuss solutions and best practices, and provide support and encouragement.
Tools, Strategies and Behavioral
Practices for Sustainable Success
Practical, tangible strategies are a hallmark of the WLF program. WLF participants leave the program with everything from specific questions they can ask to improve their communication skills, to actionable ways of conveying gravias to potential clients, to concrete time management tools. Everything that is taught is intended to be put into practice immediately.
More Control, Less Stress
Law firm life becomes unsustainable when lawyers feel they have no control over their lives and experience too much stress. WLF helps participants find situations where they have agency and autonomy, even within the complex and demanding world of a private legal practice. Feelings of agency are directly correlated to lower burnout rates, allowing WLF participants to feel less stress under demanding workloads.
Dedicated Time to Craft Sustainable Success
Busy schedules and constantly being on the go means it often seems impossible for women lawyers to find any time to reflect on what greater success and fulfillment would even look like, let alone practice the new skills that make this possible. WLF provides a dedicated time and space to allow participants to expand their capacity to be strategic about career and life and to learn, practice and embody new behaviors.
A Robust Network and Resources
Participants become lifelong members of a WLF alumnae network that offers an ongoing community of support. We know firsthand that under pressure, it is easy to fall back into old habits, which is why the community is designed to reinforce the learning and share new and continuing challenges, practical advice, tools and resources. Alumnae also gain access to proprietary resources and invitation-only events that support our community and learning.
“As a result of my participation in WLF, I have been able to elevate my standing within my firm. In addition to being named practice group leader, I was elected to our firm’s management committee.”
AmLaw 100 Firm
“I have participated in WLF for over five years – during that time I made partner at my firm and had three more children (for a total of four!). I love my life, both professionally and personally, and WLF gave me the tools to help make that happen.”
Preeya Noronha Pinto
Partner, King & Spalding
“I attribute a high percentage of my professional success to Susan Dunlap and the Women’s Leadership Forum (WLF). Being an early WLF participant definitely helped me become an equity partner – especially as I was transitioning back to work after having my second child. Today, I continue to engage with WLF regularly through cohort activities, as well as one-on-one coaching.”
AmLaw 50 Firm
“I have been able to take charge of my career better, including the transition from career advancement through the largely pre-developed stepping stones of associate years to career development as a partner where the roadmap is often less clear. This makes every day more satisfying.”
White & Case
For Law Firms
Law firms are losing some of their most talented lawyers, often at just the time in their careers when they have the most to offer
Despite the significant institutional changes law firms have made to improve retention of women lawyers, women remain under-represented - particularly at senior levels, and in leadership and management roles.
WLF focuses on reversing this trend by helping women become more efficient, effective, successful and fulfilled in work and in life. Firms experience both tangible and intangible benefits – improved retention and increased promotion rates for women lawyers and increased loyalty resulting from feeling supported by their firm.Contact Us
Benefits for Law Firms
Higher Retention and Promotion Rates
Stronger Women Leaders
Higher Morale Among Women
More Role Models for Younger Lawyers
A Greater Sense of Community Between and Among Women
A Strong Credential for Demonstrating Commitment to Diversity