FBT recognized as a five-time gold standard firm
The Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) has released its list of Gold Standard Certification recipients for 2017. A total of 44 law firms throughout the United States were chosen for the leadership roles achieved by their equity women partners. Frost Brown Todd (FBT) was recognized as a “five-time Gold Standard firm,” having received its initial certification in 2011.
“We are proud to be a five-time winner of the WILEF award,” says Kim Mauer, chair of FBT’s Women’s Initiative. “This award shows that we are moving in the right direction. But, even as the requirements to win this award continue to move up, we know that we also need to continue to work even harder to create a firm where everyone is encouraged to be their full self and, as a result, to be able to work even more effectively for our clients.”
To be considered for inclusion, firms had to meet at least four of seven criteria regarding the percentage make up of women in firm leadership and compensation:
- 20% of equity partners or, alternatively, 33% or more of the attorneys becoming equity partners during the past 12 months are women
- 15% of firm and U.S. branch office heads are women equity partners
- 20% of the firm’s governance committee are women equity partners
- 20% of the firm’s compensation committee or its equivalent are women equity partners
- 25% of the firm’s practice group/department heads are women equity partners
- 15% of the top half of the firm’s equity partners in terms of compensation are women
- 7% of women equity partners are women of color or 3.5% of women equity partners are LGBT (new criteria for 2017)
FBT’s Women’s Initiative works toward an inclusive environment where everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed. It works with the Advancement Committee, practice group leaders and firm management to develop and advance female attorneys at the firm. It also facilitates more targeted opportunities for mentoring, supports alternative work schedules and the promotion of attorneys with non-traditional billable hour requirements. It finds additional ways to support the female attorneys at the firm, such as developing more targeted marketing opportunities to connect these attorneys with potential clients. To learn more, visit the Women’s Initiative page.
About the Women in Law Empowerment Forum
The Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) was founded in 2007 as a forum to educate and provide networking opportunities for women in law firms. In May of 2007, WILEF East held its first program at the University Club in New York City, attended by more than 100 women. WILEF has since become a recognized educational venue for women in law firms and corporate law departments. In 2009, it became a national platform and expanded to major cities, such as Chicago and Washington D.C., and internationally in 2012. In addition to programs, WILEF now creates standards for law firms to become WILEF Certified, with the goal of being the change agent for women to rise as business developers and leaders. For more information, visit www.wileftribune.com.