Press Release April 08, 2016

Goodwin Procter Signs Pledge to Tackle the Gender Wage Gap in the Workplace

Goodwin Procter was the first law firm to join Boston Mayor Marty Walsh in signing the 100% Talent: The Boston Women's Compact, a voluntary pledge and first-in-the-nation effort to tackle the gender wage gap in the workplace, on March 28.

The compact is a public-private partnership in which businesses vow to take concrete, measurable steps to eliminate the wage gap in their company and to report their progress and employee demographical and salary data anonymously every two years.

Andy Sucoff, partner and Chair of Goodwin’s Boston office, and partner Laura Hodges Taylor joined 106 other Boston-area businesses at Boston's City Hall to sign the pledge. Laura Acosta, Senior Manager of Diversity & Inclusion, and Heidi Goldstein Shepherd, Chief Human Resources Officer, also attended the event.  

“A strong commitment to the advancement of women has long been a central pillar of the Goodwin culture,” said Sucoff. “We proudly support this important initiative focused on fostering a workforce in which all talent is valued and recognized.”

Goodwin Procter is actively engaged in promoting a diverse and inclusive environment in which each employee can excel and thrive. The firm has long been at the forefront of women’s issues in the legal profession. Goodwin was the first AmLaw100 firm to be headed by a woman with Chairman Emeritus Regina Pisa serving at the helm for more than 16 years. The firm’s Women’s Initiative is focused on maximizing networking, business development and career opportunities for women attorneys at the firm, with a particular focus on their retention, advancement and leadership. The Initiative provides mentorship and sponsorship opportunities, and also delivers workshops and seminars that address relevant topics such as women in leadership, developing sponsor relationships, brand-building, business development skills and work-life balance.