I attended a wonderful evening program at the Toronto Lawyers Association last week that addressed the topic of fostering women leadership in the legal profession. This program was a nice complement to my #WomenLeadingInLaw series and provided some helpful advice on how women can succeed in leadership roles in law.
The program was moderated by Edona Vila of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP and the speakers were:
Kerry O’Reilly Wilks, Head of Legal, North America & UK, Vale S.A.; Fernando Garcia, General Counsel, Government Affairs and Corporate Secretary, Nissan Canada Inc.; Arleen Huggins, Litigation Partner, Koskie Minksy LLP and head of the firm’s Employment Law Group (as well as the Women's Law Association of Ontario's President's Award winner for 2018); and Leola Pon, General Counsel for the Toronto District School Board.
Edona advised that there were two themes the program hoped to address: the first being the leadership journey and progress of women in law, and the second, how to seize opportunities for leadership.
Some takeaways from the evening:
Thanks TLA for another wonderful program!
Erin C. Cowling is a freelance litigator, researcher & writer at Cowling Legal Freelance and President and Founder of FLEX LEGAL, a network of freelance lawyers.