The inaugural Kirkland & Ellis LLP Leadership Forum for Women, an executive development program for seniorwomen attorneys and clients, was held on June 4, 2008, in New York.
Harvard Business School professors Robin J. Ely and Boris Groysberg taught the day-long curriculum, which centered around real-life case studies of prominent female executives. Topics included "Strengthening your professional networks and building your own personal board of directors" and "Perceptions of women in power: Tackling gender bias," as well as "Leading through a storm."
"The forum provided a valuable opportunity to meet with professional women and discuss leadership challenges," said Maria Ginzburg, partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.
Cathie Black, president of Hearst Magazines and one of Forbes' "100 Most Powerful Women," gave the keynote address at the closing reception.
The more than 75 women in attendance included both Kirkland lawyers and clients.
The forum is one of many activities that Kirkland's Women's Leadership Initiative coordinates throughout the year to provide a venue for the discussion of issues of interest to women in the Firm and elsewhere in the professional community.
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