Women Enriching Business (WEB)
A network for growth, opportunity, and advancement
For more than a decade, our Women Enriching Business (WEB) Committee has focused on addressing the business challenges and opportunities unique to women lawyers and current and prospective women clients. The core of WEB’s mission is promote the long-term success of women lawyers and executives around the globe. We are a powerful network for growth, opportunity, and advancement, focused on three objectives: strengthen client relationships, amplify talent, and build diverse teams.
- Strengthen client relationships: Building strong client relationships remains an essential tenet of WEB's mission. Specifically, WEB provides programming and support to address the specific needs and interests of our female lawyers and clients through numerous networking and growth opportunities as well as initiatives such as Thought Leadership and Women on Boards, dedicated support for female-led client teams, and our marquee event, the Financial Analysis Program.
- Amplify talent: WEB spotlights achievements and shares experiences within our firm and our broader legal community to amplify female voices. We provide professional development and mentorship opportunities to promote women throughout their careers.
- Build diverse teams: WEB is an active participant within the firm as we continue to build a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion at the firm. And, in the legal profession at large, we join efforts by our clients and many others in our community to champion opportunities for women.
WEB's Financial Analysis for Leaders Program
The multiday program, hosted at a prominent university, provides an introduction to corporate financial reporting, financial statement analysis, and corporate valuation, through practical, hands-on application.
My Latham Journey: Alena McCorkle
Frankfurt partner Alena McCorkle describes her path to partnership.
“WEB has had a tremendous impact on my professional growth. During my transition from Latham to an in-house role, I was especially grateful for WEB initiatives such as the Financial Analysis Program, which increased my financial acumen and my ability to understand risks and opportunities facing the enterprise from a business perspective. WEB has provided a forum for expanding my network across industries at each point in my career, and I look forward to continuing to strengthen my relationships through WEB.”
Andrea Hogan, Senior Counsel, Chevron Corporation
“When I first became a partner, I benefitted from countless WEB colleagues who served as informal sponsors and mentors, as well as formal training opportunities such as a partner development series through Harvard University. WEB sponsored my participation in that program, and has continued to be a touchpoint in my professional development, as well as my client relationships.”
Yvette Valdez, Partner, New York
“It was an honor to co-Chair WEB in Paris for the last three years. Taking the role shortly after joining Latham, it felt like a warm welcome and supported my transition to the firm very well. I loved the focus on words AND actions. Pandemic-era events are tough, but clients, partners, and our lawyers have still found great ways to connect. ”
Mathilde Saltiel, Partner, Paris
“WEB is an example of how organizations can prioritize the advancement of women in a way that is beneficial to numerous constituencies. It was an invaluable resource in my professional development, helping me build my internal and external networks and providing thoughtful, focused, and relevant programming for substantive development.”
Monica White, Partner, Houston
In The News
By the Numbers
WEB events hosted since inception
Regions featuring WEB programming
Participants in WEB's Financial Analysis for Leaders Program
Women in leadership roles at Latham
Latham alumni serving in in-house roles, including 145 as general counsel
Female lawyers ranked in Chambers/The Legal 500
Texas Lawyer Honors Robin Fredrickson With Lifetime Achievement Award at the Texas Legal Awards
A leading legal publication recognizes Fredrickson for making a “remarkable difference in the legal profession in Texas”.
Three Chicago Partners Named Notable Women in Law by Crain’s Chicago Business
Rachel Bates, Alexa Berlin, and Heather Waller recognized for their professional success and commitment to their community.
Three Partners Again Named Top Women in Dealmaking
The Deal honors Alex Kelly, Caroline Reckler, and Rachel Sheridan for their exceptional professional achievements in M&A, restructuring, and private equity while maintaining strong client relationships and leadership in and out of the boardroom.