Goodwin partner Ariel White-Tsimikalis was named Mentor of the Year by the 2023 Women, Influence & Power in Law (WIPL) UK Awards at a ceremony in London on March 8. The WIPL awards honor the top female lawyers who have made a remarkable difference in the legal profession this past year. The Mentor of the Year category recognizes those women who have stood out for their commitment to mentoring other female lawyers across the profession.
“I approach mentoring relationships from the premise that greatness exists within all of us and our sole purpose in life is to discover that greatness and step into it,” said White-Tsimikalis. “I do not create greatness in my mentees. It already exists within them. I simply look for ways to guide them, challenge them and encourage them to find that greatness, believe in it and own it. This award is dedicated to them."
White-Tsimikalis is a partner in the firm’s Technology and Life Sciences group and Capital Markets practice. She specializes in advising high-growth companies, underwriting banks and private equity and venture capital investors on equity capital markets transactions (including IPOs, secondary offerings and private placements) and general public company advisory matters. A go-to ESG specialist and member of the firm’s ESG & Impact, Women’s Health & Wellness, and Public Company Advisory groups, White-Tsimikalis regularly advises listed companies and regulated entities on their ESG obligations, particularly on governance matters.
White-Tsimikalis is very involved with initiatives focused on building a stronger pipeline of diverse lawyers in the legal profession, and is therefore particularly active in the diversity, equity, and inclusion space both within the firm and externally. A large part of this focus has involved giving back through mentorship, as she devotes her time continuously to 9 mentees from past and present formal mentoring programs (continuing mentoring relationships well beyond the end of formal programs) and informally mentors numerous others. She currently participates as a mentor for the Black Solicitors Network’s “Creating Pathways” program, the Leadership Accelerator program for Black Women in Asset Management, and was formerly a mentor for the 30% Club.