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Vance Center Joins in Women in the Profession Chapter Events

November 2017

Three national chapters of the Vance Center’s Women in the Profession program held events commemorating their founding, with Vance Center Committee members participating in two of them.

There now are nineteen WIP chapters in Latin America, supporting women lawyers with mentoring and other programs, as well as vulnerable women with pro bono projects.

In Costa Rica, more than ninety women from the country’s main law firms, companies, and other organizations gathered to celebrate the incorporation of Asociacion WIP Costa Rica. The “Empower and Inspire” event included Vance Center Executive Sub-Committee member and Shearman & Sterling partner Antonia Stolper. Participants and the firms where they work committed themselves to promote the professional development of women lawyers in the country.

The WIP chapter in Peru held the “First Leadership Congress 3.60 “with one hundred and thirty women lawyers from different companies and law firms attending. The event included a “Speed ​​Networking” program, an integration cocktail, and a leadership workshop followed by a panel of experts. The event aimed to promote the visibility and leadership of women lawyers through three initiatives: i) creating a network of in-house and law firm attorneys ii) training women lawyers to be better leaders, identifying opportunities for visibility, growth, and professional development; and iii) learning from the experiences of those who reached management positions in their respective organizations.

The Peruvian publication “Gestion G”, reported on the event in an article featuring interviews with attorneys involved in the event, including Vance Center Committee member and Morrison & Forester partner Carrie Cohen, who contributed a note highlighting the work done by the Vance Center and the significance of the steps undertaken by the Peruvian chapter.

In El Salvador, over thirty women lawyers and law students attended a conference by the Escuela Superior de Economia y Negocios Leadership Center on “Rediscovering the Essence of Leadership: Service-Based Leadership” Morena Zabaleta from the WIP Chapter in El Salvador explained that the conference covered issues related to the importance of team work and positive leadership.