Frost Brown Todd recognized as six-time gold standard firm
In 2011, the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) introduced its Gold Standard Certification. It recognizes law firms for which women constitute a meaningful percentage of their equity partners and senior leadership, while populating the top half in overall compensation. Thirty-two firms were selected that first year – among them, Frost Brown Todd. Now, as of June 15 and for the sixth time, Frost Brown Todd was part of a select group, some 42 firms, to receive WILEF’s 2018 Gold Standard Certification. In addition to this year’s new mandate requiring that women comprise 20% of a firm’s equity members (or at least 33% of those promoted to equity membership over the last 12 months), recipients had to meet at least three of the following criteria:
- 15% of firm and U.S. branch office heads are women.
- 20% of the firm’s governance committee are women.
- 20% of the firm’s compensation committee or its equivalent are women.
- 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 percent of women equity partners are LGBT.
Although Frost Brown Todd has been recognized by the Human Rights Campaign and the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, among other organizations, the WILEF certification is a special one and particularly resonant for members of the Women’s Initiative Committee. The committee works closely with firm’s senior leadership teams to foster a culture that promotes the advancement of women and encourages their success. This includes the firm’s support for alternative work schedules, the biannual Women’s Retreat, and the development of targeted opportunities to connect female associates with people who will help them advance at the firm.
In response to this year’s WILEF certification, Frost Brown Todd Member Kim Mauer, who chairs the Women’s Initiative, said, “The progress of women in the professional world is at a tipping point. As a six-time recipient of the WILEF award, we think that Frost Brown Todd is in the right place at the right time to take advantage of this building energy. The work that we have done as a firm permits Frost Brown Todd to fully realize on its efforts to become a place where everyone is acknowledged for the talents they bring. And this will result in our being able to work even more effectively for our clients.”
About the Women in Law Empowerment Forum
The Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) is the premier organization for women in law, dedicated to educating women on how to become leaders in their workplace and in the community. Founded in 2007 as a forum to educate and provide networking opportunities, WILEF has become a recognized educational venue for women at the largest law firms and corporate law departments. The Gold Standard Certification initiative is the centerpiece of WILEF’s continued commitment as the change agent for women in law. For more information, visit www.wileftribune.com.