October 26, 2011
Latham & Watkins co-sponsored the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society’s 2011 Global Meeting, an influential summit dedicated to women leaders with delegates from 80 countries representing a rich diversity of backgrounds. In its 7th year, the Women’s Forum Global Meeting serves as a platform for the exchange of knowledge and ideas as well as networking among leaders from the worlds of commerce, academia, government, science and the arts.
Attended by approximately 1,400 female and male delegates, the Women’s Forum Global Meeting is one of the largest and most dynamic events of its kind. In the spirit of the Forum’s progressive mission, the 2011 agenda focused on what the future holds “politically, economically, socially, and technologically, and what committed actors can do to tip the balance for a better world.”
Latham & Watkins participants included representatives from Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the US, with the firm hosting a series of sessions and attorneys joining panel discussions on the importance of women’s networks for training, mentoring, knowledge sharing and driving business growth. CEOs, General Counsel and senior executives from a number of companies also joined Latham in panel discussions and networking events.
“The number of women’s networks focused on raising women’s voices and promoting career and business development opportunities has dramatically increased. Women’s networks can create more leadership roles for women and enhance business opportunities,” said Sharon Bowen, Co-Chair of Latham & Watkins’ Diversity Committee and member of the firm’s Women Enriching Business (WEB) Task Force. The WEB initiative is a multi-pronged program designed to promote women in business.
“We are delighted to participate in this exciting forum as part of our WEB initiative. Our extensive WEB commitment includes our own programs as well as partnering with leading organizations and other major business and finance women’s networks such as Financi'Elles and the French Chapter of WomenCorporateDirectors on diverse training and networking events,” added Paris partner Valerie Bouaziz Torron.
Dubai counsel Dipti Thakar, also a member of the firm’s WEB Task Force and a participant on a panel, added: “This is a fabulous event which provides untold opportunities to meet, learn and share ideas with creative and courageous women leaders from all walks of life.”
Ursula Hyman, a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office and WEB Task Force member, commented: “Our attendance at this inspiring event further strengthens our commitment to the essential role that women have to play in business, politics, philanthropy and other areas for economic prosperity and societal good.”
Latham participants included: finance partner Clarinda Tjia-Dharmadi from the Singapore office; litigation partner Valerie Bouaziz Torron, tax partner Olivia Rauch-Ravisé and business development manager Marina Lott from the Paris office; corporate counsel Dipti Thakar from the Dubai office; and finance partner Ursula Hyman and corporate partner Sharon Bowen from the Los Angeles and New York offices respectively.
Latham’s WEB initiative is designed to support women in business by creating broader networks and productive business relationships and by attracting and investing in the long-term success of women. Many of the firm's offices host events geared toward women in business as well as internal programs focusing on mentoring, education and increasing the visibility of women role models throughout the firm.