As Global Chair of WILEF, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) web site. Now in its tenth year, we continue to build out WILEF as the premier organization for women in law exclusively dedicated to women from the largest law firms and corporate law departments in the United States. The importance of helping women in law achieve their career goals cannot be minimized. In today's environment law firms are focused on retaining existing clients and developing new business. Part of the equation involves fostering the retention and promotion of women.

The WILEF Gold Standard Certification initiative which we launched in 2011 has clearly become the centerpiece of our continued commitment to being the change agent for women in law firms to rise within the firm as business developers and leaders. We are so proud of the firms that have certified and we look forward to other firms achieving this status.

Currently WILEF presents cutting edge programming in eight markets--WILEF East (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut), WILEF Northern California, WILEF Southern California, WILEF DC (Washington D.C. and its surrounding area), WILEF Chicago (Chicago and its surrounding area), WILEF Southwest (Houston and Dallas), WILEF Boston and WILEF London.

WILEF Leadership includes: Co-Founders: Peggy Cohen, WILEF East, Natasha Innocenti, WILEF West, Jane Sullivan Roberts, WILEF DC and Lisa Snow, WILEF Chicago. Co-Vice Chairs: Janet Markoff, WILEF East, Jessica Hough, WILEF DC, Elizabeth McCloy, WILEF Chicago, Laura Hodges Taylor, WILEF Boston, Yvette Ostolaza, WILEF Southwest, Pamela Martinson and Amy Park, WILEF Southern and Northern California and Melinda Wallman, International (WILEF London). WILEF Co-Chairs include WILEF East—Phyllis Korff and Patricia Skigen, WILEF Boston— Margaret Cohen, Jennifer Moss, and Elizabeth Smith, WILEF DC—Mary Ellen Callahan, Rachel Alexander, Stephanie DeLong, WILEF Chicago—Sue Charles, Linda Myers and Jennifer Reiners, WILEF Southwest—Ann-Margaret Dudley and Noelle Reed, WILEF Northern California—Mary Huser, Meryl Macklin, Merle Vaughn and Judith Zahid and WILEF London—Rajinder Bassi and Lynnsey McCall. Melique Jones and Danyale Price co-chair WILEF’s Diversity Committee; Libby McGarry chairs the Gold Standard Certification Committee; and Shira Levin chairs the Young Lawyers Committee. Our six Executive Directors include Silvana Del Carpio, Senior Executive Director, WILEF DC, Tracey Guinyard, WILEF Southern California, Jennifer Haas, WILEF East, Gabriella Guajardo, WILEF Chicago, Jennifer Carman, WILEF Southwest, Nesli Orhon, WILEF Boston and Suvi Bisnath, WILEF London.

--Elizabeth Anne “Betiayn” Tursi, Global Chair and Co-Founder, WILEF


Our mission is to create a dialogue for the purpose of educating women in law on how to become leaders in the workplace and in the community by building, exercising and implementing a strong sense of empowerment. We will "start the conversation" on the topics that are top of mind to all women in law firms and Corporate America. We will lead by example as change agents. Our goal is to achieve results that will foster the adoption of new policies and practices to advance women in law.


The Men Are Officially in the Room.

The Women in Law Empowerment Forum is pleased to announce the addition of six men to its Global Advisory Board, the first men to hold seats on the Board.

The men joining the Board are:

The expansion of WILEF’s Global Advisory Board will see the six highly regarded male attorneys join the current Board, composed of 92 prominent women attorneys. “We always hear groups complaining about not having the men in the room,” said WILEF Global Chair Elizabeth Anne “Betiayn” Tursi. “With the addition of these six outstanding male colleagues, we now can say ‘The men are in the room!’ We are excited that going forward we will be including Creighton, Joe, Eric, Mike, Marco and Carter in discussions involving WILEF’s continued growth.”


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