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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:

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Women on the World Stage

Day two of the conference opened with a panel titled “Women on the World Stage.” Participants were addressed by three leaders talking about their experiences and what they expect to see in the future. Oxana Balayan, Hogan Lovells managing partner in Moscow, asked the panelists about the tactics they use to navigate the economic landscape as well as advice they would give the future generation of leaders.

Vice President of Honduras, María Antonieta Guillén de Bográn shared her insight on managing the various stakeholders in a political environment. When asked if she ever finds herself having to tell people ‘no,’ she answered, “Part of being a leader means you have to say ‘no’ without using the word ’no.’”

Among the advice Sara Mathew, Chairman and CEO at Dun & Bradstreet Inc., offered the audience was to “take risks.” She went on to say, “you will fail, accept that. If you haven’t already failed you’re not pushing yourself hard enough.”

Katherine Weymouth, Publisher and CEO of The Washington Post, gave the audience an insight into adapting an organization to the technological revolution, giving an insider’s perspective on the challenges the media industry faces in the light of new technology.

Women who hold senior positions in global companies facing real business challenges joined a dialogue on the global business environment.
Women who hold senior positions in global companies facing real business challenges joined a dialogue on the global business environment.

“What do women add to the leadership of global organizations?” – Emily Reid, Global Board Member and Partner at Hogan Lovells
“What do women add to the leadership of global organizations?” – Emily Reid, Global Board Member and Partner at Hogan Lovells

“Life is 1% what happens to you and 99% how you react.” – Sara Mathew, Dun & Bradstreet
“Life is 1% what happens to you and 99% how you react.” – Sara Mathew, Dun & Bradstreet, Inc.

The panelists addressed what it means to be a leader on today’s world stage.
The panelists addressed what it means to be a leader on today’s world stage.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Evening of Excellence: An Onstage Conversation

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author Sheryl WuDunn alongside Patricia de Stacy Harrison, President and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, discussed the Half the Sky movement, which addresses the oppression of women worldwide and opportunities for their empowerment. WuDunn explained that it will take a combination of legal reform and political will to implement laws protecting women, but that change can happen if issues such as forced prostitution, gender-based violence, and maternal mortality are addressed head-on.

WuDunn and Harrison shared a piece of the landmark 2012 Corporation for Public Broadcasting documentary inspired by the Half the Sky book.
WuDunn and Harrison shared a piece of the landmark 2012 Corporation for Public Broadcasting documentary inspired by the Half the Sky book.

Sheryl WuDunn shares success stories coming out of the Half the Sky campaign.
Sheryl WuDunn shares success stories coming out of the Half the Sky campaign. 

Beijing Managing Partner Jun Wei closes the evening with Sheryl WuDunn and Patricia de Stacy Harrison, thanking them for participating in the Summit and enlightening the audience on global challenges.
Beijing Managing Partner Jun Wei closes the evening with Sheryl WuDunn and Patricia de Stacy Harrison, thanking them for participating in the Summit and enlightening the audience on global challenges.

Friday, July 19, 2013

One Hundred Top Female Executives and General Counsel Convene for GWES 2013

Hogan Lovells lawyers and Global Women’s Executive Summit attendees gathered to kick off the opening night with networking, a keynote speaker, and onstage conversation. The group of uniquely successful women gathered to make business connections – forging new relationships and sharing insights on how to meet the challenges that accompany the path to global growth.

GWES kicks off with an evening networking event
GWES kicks off with an evening networking event


Guests gathered around to hear the program’s Co-Chair and partner Helen Trilling as well as Hogan Lovells Co-CEOs, Warren Gorrell and David Harris, welcome everyone
Guests gathered around to hear the program’s Co-Chair and partner Helen Trilling as well as Hogan Lovells Co-CEOs, Warren Gorrell and David Harris, welcome everyone

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author, and investment banker, Sheryl WuDunn, alongside the President and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Patricia de Stacy Harrison, met guests prior to taking the stage for the keynote presentation
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author, and investment banker, Sheryl WuDunn, alongside the President and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Patricia de Stacy Harrison, met guests prior to taking the stage for the keynote presentation


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Experience GWES 2013

Experience GWES 2013

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Speaker Series: 2013 Global Women’s Executive Summit

Sara Mathew is Chairman and CEO of Dun & Bradstreet, and will be a featured panelist at the 2013 Global Women’s Executive Summit.

Sara Mathew, Chairman & CEO of Dun & Bradstreet

Maintaining information on more than 220 million companies worldwide is no small feat. For over a decade, Sara Mathew has led the transformation of business licensing corporation Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) from a data company to a more innovative, digital enterprise, leveraging technological advances to expand its reach in the marketplace. During the course of her career as a business renovator, Sara refined her skillset in promoting and growing global organizations. Prior to joining D&B, she spent 18 years at Procter & Gamble, where she served in a number of executive roles. Today, Sara is D&B’s Chairman and CEO and also serves on the Board of the Campbell Soup Company as the Audit Committee Chair. Her passion not only accounts for her career success, but allows her to find that delicate balance in life.

We asked Sara to reflect on what advice she would offer to those following in her footsteps. Here’s what she had to say:

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Speaker Series: 2013 Global Women’s Executive Summit

Katharine Weymouth serves as Publisher and CEO of The Washington Post, and will be a featured panelist at the 2013 Global Women’s Executive Summit.

Katharine Weymouth, Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of The Washington Post

Being the publisher and chief executive officer of The Washington Post can be almost as challenging as juggling life with three school-aged kids. But, somehow, Katharine manages. Having joined the The Post in 1996 as Assistant Counsel, she worked four years in the legal offices of the news organization at both the newspaper and the website. Katharine earned a B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1988 and a J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1992. Following law school, she clerked on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for one year. Maintaining a global brand in publishing is difficult, especially when the landscape of the industry is rapidly changing. But for Katharine, it’s a matter of staying in step with the trends and putting her hard-earned education and business acumen to work.

We asked Katharine to reflect on her success and offer advice to future pillars of industry. Here’s what she had to say:

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Sheryl WuDunn and Patricia de Stacy Harrison Kick-Off 2013 Global Women’s Executive Summit

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author, and investment banker Sheryl WuDunn, along with Patricia de Stacy Harrison, the president and chief executive officer of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, will launch the 2013 Global Women’s Executive Summit with a candid onstage conversation for 100 women executives and general counsel from around the globe.

WuDunn and Harrison will focus on the shared challenges faced by women from different parts of the world. WuDunn’s Half the Sky campaign raises awareness of the issues that affect women without a voice — violence, maternal mortality, human trafficking, and domestic abuse.

WuDunn and her husband Nicholas Kristof wrote the book that inspired the Half the Sky movement, which includes television, film, social media, and mobile gaming components that promote global equality and support for women’s rights.

Patricia de Stacy Harrison, former co-chair of the Republican National Committee, produced a successful CPB series, a collaboration with the Public Broadcasting Service, on Half the Sky. Harrison advised the United States during the first Iraq war as a Department of Commerce councilwoman in the 1990s.

WuDunn and Harrison will be joined by over 100 women executives at the 17 and 18 June event.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Hogan Lovells Hosts 2013 Global Women’s Executive Summit

More than 100 women executives and general counsel will gather at the Global Women’s Executive Summit on 17 and 18 June 2013 in New York. This event — part of Hogan Lovells’ Global Client Forum series — will enable guests to engage with their peers, who impact business, politics, and philanthropy around the world.

The day-and-a-half program will begin with a keynote address from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author, and investment banker Sheryl WuDunn on The China Challenge. She and Patricia de Stacy Harrison, president and chief executive officer of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, will close the evening with an onstage conversation, discussing  Half the Sky – a multimedia campaign borne from WuDunn’s best-selling book that aims to empower women around the globe.

The second day of the Summit kicks off with panel discussions: