Erin E. Harrison, InsideCounsel Editor-in-Chief
The status quo once dictated that 40 hours a week between the hours of nine and five were sufficient for gaining career success. However, for many of us, professional advancement and personal evolution now take up considerably more time. For general counsel-hopefuls, that time horizon becomes even more encompassing, requiring attention and preparation on a nearly constant basis. And for female aspiring GCs, that 24-hour vigilance must be conducted in tandem with the need to overcome gender stereotypes. With an investment like that, it's important to honor those working so hard to reach the upper echelon of the legal department.
This issue, we present the 2nd annual R3-100, a list of 100 women who will be ready for the general counsel chair in a Fortune 500 company in the next three years. It's an impressive collection of names comprised of an assemblage of GCs at smaller companies, deputy general counsel and assistant GCs at larger businesses and other high-ranking lawyers—and even a few other C-level execs sprinkled in. These women are experts in litigation, governance and securities, intellectual property, compliance, M&A, commercial transactions and more. In addition to the list (p. 17), we shine the spotlight on Nationwide Insurance and senior in-house counsel making it onto the R3-100.