Women’s Initiative (WAVE)

     
       

Women’s Initiative (WAVE)

A central component of Wilson Elser’s diversity and inclusion initiative, WAVE (Women Attorneys Valued & Empowered) exemplifies the firm’s progressive approach to advancing the professional and personal well-being of its women attorneys. Its mission, embraced by the entire organization, is simple and straightforward:

“To attract, develop and retain women attorneys by enhancing and strengthening their skills and by providing career-advancing opportunities in client service, business development and leadership.”

As of June, 2020, Wilson Elser ranks #21 on the National Law Journal (NLJ) 500 Women’s Scorecard, representing a year-over-year increase of 10 points.

Guided by a Steering Committee of experienced women partners, WAVE is facilitated by 12 rotating members throughout Wilson Elser’s office network, representing more than 300 women attorneys. WAVE recommends, implements and monitors efforts related to supporting this important constituency while attracting and developing future leaders – inclusive of associates, of counsel and partners.

National Programs
WAVE implements and oversees related programming at the national and local/regional levels. Programs, while varied, are mutually reinforcing and combine to serve the single purpose of advancing WAVE’s mission. Examples in 2016 include:

  • WAVE Makers highlights and celebrates on a monthly basis the many
    professional achievements of our women attorneys.

  • Pathway to Success” provides a forum for Wilson Elser committee members and others to share information with women attorneys on compensation and advancement within the firm.

  • Leadership Development includes a speaker series with subject matter experts discussing challenges women face in the workplace.

  • Mentoring matches women associates with senior attorneys who can provide valuable information and insights on strengthening client service and enhancing their practices

Women attorneys at Wilson Elser are represented at disproportionately high percentages relative to many other law firms of similar size and stature. Most notably, we have more female than male
associates. In addition, substantial percentages of our partners and of counsel are women. WAVE is committed to further bolstering these numbers and empowering the women behind them.

Local Programs and Outreach
Taking advantage of grassroots enthusiasm, many Wilson Elser offices are developing and implementing related initiatives on a local level. Building on our national programs, local activities include panels, guest speakers, networking opportunities and community service. In addition, several of our women attorneys hold senior positions in local bar associations and charitable organizations.

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Chairperson

Carolyn O’Connor
New Jersey | Regional Managing Partner

Regional/Office Representatives

Olivia Orlando
Albany | Associate

Eleanor Jolley
Atlanta | Associate

Maryan Alexander
Baltimore | Partner

Beata Shapiro
Boston | Partner

Ashley Conaghan
Chicago | Partner

Carla De Leon Stafford
Dallas | Of Counsel

Lisa Wilson
Dallas | Partner

Valerie Henning Mock
Detroit | Of Counsel

Kelsi Wade
Houston | Associate

Jessica Beeler
Las Vegas | Associate

Jessica Detering
Los Angeles | Associate

Valeria Granata
Los Angeles | Associate

Rebekah Yanni
Los Angeles | Associate

Marcia Pearson
Louisville | Partner

Yoora Pak
McLean | Partner

Tanya Suarez
Miami | Partner

Joanna Piorek
New Jersey | Partner

Kerry Ayala
New York | Associate

Jennifer Walsh
New York | Of Counsel

Erin Zecca
New York | Partner

Noelle Sheehan
Orlando | Partner

Alexandra Skarka
Philadelphia | Associate

Jennifer Rebholz
Phoenix | Of Counsel

Erin Siciliano
Sarasota | Partner

Beth Golub
San Diego | Partner

Kelly Van Nort
San Diego | Of Counsel

Juliana Salfiti
San Francisco | Of Counsel

Megan Calme
Tennessee | Associate

Lauren Gibbons
Washington, DC | Associate

Jana S. Farmer
White Plains | Partner

Marisa Okun
White Plains | Of Counsel