A unique event, the Transformative Leadership Awards dinner, was held in Chicago on May 24th. A large sold-out ballroom audience honored female leaders in the legal profession.
Emphasis was placed on the critical role general counsel play in advancing change within the legal profession. Women currently hold 85 of the top attorney positions in the Fortune 500, and two of those leaders co-moderated the program (Sue Bettman from RR Donnelley and Michele Coleman-Mays from Allstate). Eighty-five out of 500 may sound light for gender diversity, but this number is growing rapidly and the overall percentage of female inside counsel exceeds 50 percent.