Hogan Lovells

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Hogan Lovells’ Commitment to Women Recognized

by Emily Yinger, Partner and Demetria Johnson, Director of Diversity and Inclusion

For the second consecutive year, Hogan Lovells was named to the highly regarded Working Mother Media and Flex-Time Lawyers “50 Best Law Firms for Women” list, ranking among the top legal practices recognized in 2013 for family-friendly policies and business development initiatives focused on women. We have been committed to helping women excel in the practice of law and in management within Hogan Lovells, and being acknowledged for these contributions is confirmation that we are doing the right thing.

Building on this momentum, we are excited to host the Working Mother Media and Flex-Time Lawyers’ Best Law Firms for Women: 2013 Findings, Trends & Best Practices program on 28 October. Hogan Lovells and other winning law firm representatives will share best practices and innovations they have in place to help retain and promote female talent. Providing support for success through networking events, discussion groups, and outside speakers is a key element of Hogan Lovells’ formal women’s initiative.

Working Mother Media and Flex-Time Lawyers founded the “50 Best Law Firms for Women” initiative in 2007 to celebrate the law firms that are most successful in retaining and promoting women lawyers. The initiative also provides benchmarking tools for law firms to enable them to improve the status of women in their firms in the future.


Friday, August 30, 2013

Sheryl WuDunn: Oppression of Women Is "the Most Critical Moral Challenge of Our Time"

Best-selling author Sheryl WuDunn, who was keynote speaker for the Global Women's Executive Summit held in July, told Forbes that women around the globe are struggling to fully integrate corporate culture due to many factors.

WuDunn believes that women everywhere must deal with varying degrees of difficult challenges, and that "we simply can't turn our backs on the struggles women face elsewhere. It's a critical challenge that the entire world must work together to address."

Friday, August 9, 2013

Spreading Citizenship Around the World

by Patricia Brannan (General Counsel and Partner, Washington, D.C.) and Emily Reid (Global Board Member and Partner, London), Co-Chairs of Hogan Lovells’ Citizenship Panel

Good Citizenship is one of Hogan Lovells’ core values, underpinning our business practices around the world. We take seriously our responsibility to be good citizens to all those with whom we engage, including employees, clients, suppliers, and the larger communities in which we live and work.

Hogan Lovells has just released our third annual Citizenship Report, which underscores the time, energy, and concern our people invested in Good Citizenship throughout 2012. We hope this report reflects the value we place on tackling the pressing issues of sustainability, inequality, and human need.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Hogan Lovells Meets the Gold Standard

by Demetria Johnson, Director of Diversity and Inclusion

We are excited to report that Hogan Lovells has received the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) 2013 Gold Standard Certification, based on the number and caliber of women who hold leadership positions in our offices around the world. Receiving this certification is a confirmation of our commitment to women, which is an important strategy for our firm. And it’s a strategy in action. Our global legal practice has and will hold several key internal and external events, including the recent Global Women’s Executive Summit.

WILEF created the award three years ago to honor legal practices that are making significant progress in integrating women into leadership positions. Law firms with 200 or more practicing lawyers in the United States are eligible for the WILEF Gold Standard Certification. Upon successfully demonstrating that women represent a meaningful percentage of equity partners in the areas of leadership, governance, and compensation, Hogan Lovells is one of a few select firms chosen for this prestigious honor this year.


Thursday, August 1, 2013

Speaker Series: 2013 Global Women’s Executive Summit

Judith Shepherd is Managing Director, Global General Counsel of Corporate and Investment Banking at Barclays Bank PLC and was a featured panelist at the 2013 Global Women’s Executive Summit.

Judith Shepherd, Managing Director, Global General Counsel of Corporate and Investment Banking, Barclays Bank PLC

As Managing Director, Global General Counsel of Corporate and Investment Banking at Barclays Bank PLC, Judith Shepherd oversees an influential legal team in investment banking. Holding the position since 2010, Judith has additional responsibility for governance and control. Previously, she served as General Counsel of Barclays' Global Retail and Commercial Banking division. Judith is based in London and is a member of both the Executive Committee and Operating Committee of Corporate and Investment Banking. She is also Executive Sponsor of the Investment Bank’s Women’s Initiatives Network in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. She assumed responsibility for Barclays Corporate in July 2011 and joined the Corporate and Investment Banking Executive Committee in October 2011. Judith came from private practice where she specialized in M&A, particularly public takeovers and cross-border securities issues.

Below, Judith provided insights on leadership and advice for rising professionals:

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Speaker Series: 2013 Global Women’s Executive Summit

María Antonieta Guillén de Bográn is Vice President of the Republic of Honduras, and was a featured panelist at the 2013 Global Women’s Executive Summit.

Vice President María Antonieta Guillén de Bográn, Republic of Honduras

Being in charge of the Ministry of the Presidency means that Vice President of the Republic of Honduras María Antonieta Guillén de Bográn is managing complex dealings with state modernization, finance, and social policy on a daily basis. The Vice President coordinates the national development strategy, overseeing the overall implementation of the nation’s plan and handling some of the country’s most important programs. Prior to her current appointed position, she worked at FEREMA – the main nonprofit Honduran organization involved in the promotion of education in the country. She also successfully directed the Honduras TELETON Foundation, a non-profit organization serving the needs of the disabled. Her dedication to the underserved led to where she is today: helping to lead the Republic of Honduras.

When asked to provide some tips on how to make it in the high-pressure world of politics, Vice President Bográn was happy to weigh-in. Her answers are below:

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Speaker Series: 2013 Global Women’s Executive Summit

Julie Spellman Sweet is General Counsel, Secretary, and Chief Compliance Officer at Accenture and was a featured panelist at the 2013 Global Women’s Executive Summit.

Julie Spellman Sweet, General Counsel, Secretary, and Chief Compliance Officer, Accenture

As general counsel, Julie Sweet has ultimate responsibility for all legal support to Accenture, a position she has held since 2010. A dedicated lawyer with significant international experience, Julie serves as principal counsel to senior leadership as well as the board of directors and leads the company's legal department. In this role, she oversees all legal services, the contract management function, and the office of government relations. As chief compliance officer, Julie is responsible for managing legal and regulatory compliance programs that enable Accenture to operate around the globe — Julie’s area of expertise. She speaks Mandarin and has spent substantial time working in China, Europe, and elsewhere in her professional career. Julie also serves as corporate secretary and is a member of Accenture’s Global Management Committee.

Julie provided the following insights on leadership: