Top Women Corporate Counsel Advise on Breaking Down Barriers to Leadership
As part of its ongoing analysis of diversity dynamics in the legal profession, the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession presented “Visible Invisibility: Breaking Down Barriers to Women’s Leadership” Feb. 3 at thet ABA Midyear Meeting in New Orleans. The program offered a sneak peek into the results of the latest phase of the commission’s Women of Color Research Initiative, which focuses on in-house attorneys at Fortune 500 companies.
As part of the program, a panel of women attorneys from corporate law departments (in order of appearance) offer their best advice on reaching the top:
- Michele Coleman Mayes, senior vice president and general counsel, Allstate Insurance Co.
- Denise Keane, executive vice president and general counsel, Altria Group Inc.
- Dominique Bright-Wheeler, vice president and assistant general counsel, Capital One, N.A.
- Isabella Fu, associate general counsel, Microsoft Corp.
- Gloria Santona, executive vice president, general counsel and secretary, McDonald’s Corp.
Final results of the survey of more than 1,000 in-house attorneys will be presented during the ABA Annual Meeting in August.