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4 companies show true commitment to advancing women in law

Several factors contribute to maintaining diversity at the top

The legal world hasn’t always been known for its friendliness to females; the number of women general counsels in the Fortune 500 topped out at 94 in 2010. But at several current and former Fortune 500 companies—Gap Inc., Pitney Bowes, Cummins and CIGNA—female general counsels have been the rule, not the exception, for the past decade. At all four businesses, at least three consecutive women have held the general counsel spot.

Project 5/165 co-founder and former Fortune 500 GC Anastasia Kelly, who aims to see 165 female general counsels in the Fortune 500, points to several essential steps that can help other companies repeat this success.

Alanna Byrne

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