DLA Piper’s Leadership Alliance for Women (LAW) — a network dedicated to retaining and developing its women into leaders — is expanding across the firm’s international offices.
To recognise International Women’s Day on 8 March, DLA Piper and LAW led a week of events across the world, many of which saw the firm link up with its global pro bono partner UNICEF.
The events included a London-based drinks reception with speakers from UNICEF on 5 March, which was followed by the firm sponsoring the City of London International Women’s Day Breakfast on 7 March and co-hosting the Law Society’s speed networking event on 10 March, part of its International Women’s Day Summit.
In the US, DLA Piper is celebrating Women’s History Month. The firm’s month-long events programme included an alumni client panel and reception in New York, a ‘Women in Technology’ breakfast panel in Silicon Valley and a networking event in Phoenix.
In the Middle East, the firm held a breakfast briefing for staff, clients and non-government organisations including UNICEF, World Food Programme and Save the Children, during which the general counsel of DLA Piper client OSN was interviewed and a debate was held on the challenges for women in the legal sector.
DLA Piper’s Beijing office held a panel discussion to debate the contribution of women to the rising success of China with the Belgian and British embassies, featuring speakers from Merrill Lynch and the country director of UN Women, China. Lunches were also held in Bangkok and Singapore, with an afternoon tea taking place in Hong Kong and further events in Seoul and Shanghai.
Across Australia, the firm held lunches with local office managing partners alongside speakers from UNICEF in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne, Women’s Legal Services in Brisbane and Ready To Work in Perth, which was combined with a clothing drive for the charity.