On Oct. 21 at 8:30 a.m., Vision 2o20 kicked off a two-day event with the Business, Law & Finance Conversation. A great exchange between passionate women leaders from all across the country. The panelists are Subha Barry, Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer o Freddie Mac’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion; Lynn Laverty Elsenhans, Chairman and CEO of Sunoco Inc.; Roberta Liebenberg, Esq., Senior Partner of Fine, Kaplan & Black and Chair of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession.
Main Points of Panelists
Roberta Liebenberg, Esq.
1. We need a committment from the top. Chairs and CEOs of law firms and corporations ned to make a committment to increase representation of women in leadership and power. They must set the tone that this is a goal–we need that buy in from top leadership.
2. We must work to achieve a critical mass of women in senior leadership.
3. We need accountability. Not only benchmarks and metrics, but also accountability if these benchmarks aren’t met.
1. We need programs for girls starting at the youngest age to get rid of the idea of self-limitation.
2. Majority firms must show they include minority women
3. Women must use networks to promote themselves and each other and leverage the economic power of women.
1. We can use organizations focused on women’s issues to leverage their collaborative power to achieve these agenda items.
2. Each one of us can step up and say, “Who can I mentor, who can I sponsor?” and reach out to other women. We can we have an impact in our own small ways and create circles of support to expand.
3. Building on Elsenhans’ idea of educating girls early about ability to be leaders, we can also create connections between girls and women in workplace through mentorships.