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GCs weigh in on work-life balance, diversity at inaugural New Girls’ Network event

Michele Coleman Mayes and Amy Schulman were among the panelists giving leadership advice to those looking for professional advancement

Michele Coleman Mayes

Several prominent general counsel were among those weighing in on diversity, leadership and work-life balance at an event hosted by the New Girls’ Network, an organization that aims to turn social science into real-life strategies for women looking to climb the corporate ladder.

In two separate discussions, panelists discussed the above topics, as well as the ways in which women—particularly mothers—still face bias in the workplace. Professor Joan Williams, a founding director of the Center for WorkLife Law, noted that female employees are often forced to repeatedly prove their worth, while their male counterparts are judged on potential, and that many women struggle to balance assertiveness with likeability in the workplace.

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