BOSTON, March 25, 2010 – Goodwin Procter announced today that it has established a long-term partnership with 85 Broads, a leading global women’s networking organization with over 20,000 members worldwide. Goodwin Procter is one of the first law firms to create a long-term partnership with 85 Broads, offering memberships to its women attorneys.
“Entrepreneurism is both a cornerstone of Goodwin Procter’s core values and an important skill for our attorneys to develop at every stage of their career,” said Laura Hodges Taylor, a partner in the firm’s Business Law Department and leader of its Women’s Initiative. “This partnership with 85 Broads will allow our women attorneys to tap into this exceptional network of business executives to build personal and professional relationships that will ultimately help to grow their legal practices.”
85 Broads offers exclusive membership benefits that help women to build their professional networks through a wide range of events, including industry panels, power breakfasts, networking receptions, exclusive dinners and conferences. Through 85 Broads’ online, password-protected community, members can engage in a rapid, high-powered exchange of ideas and information, and may highlight their own expert articles about their work and practice. 85 Broads also offers regional chapters featuring workshops on cutting-edge business, economic, political and social trends with distinguished luminaries from these fields.
“We are extremely pleased to partner with Goodwin Procter, which is well known for its commitment to advancing women in their careers,” said Kelly Hoey, President of 85 Broads LLC. “The women in 85 Broads comprise a diverse mix of investment bankers, educators, venture capitalists, hedge fund managers, philanthropists, scientists, doctors, engineers and entrepreneurs, and we look forward to welcoming the intelligent and talented Goodwin attorneys to our lively and thought-provoking discussions.”
Goodwin Procter actively supports the development and retention of its attorneys through a firm-sponsored Women’s Initiative. The firm provides an array of programs addressing such topics as professional development, training, career growth, entrepreneurism, business development and work/life effectiveness in its efforts to attract and retain outstanding individuals. The Women’s Initiative has led mentoring programs that encourage women partners to develop relationships with women associates and counsel in small groups, interactive career roundtable discussions led by women attorneys, and “Conversation Series” presentations featuring women and men partners leading discussions on success strategies, career management and networking.
85 Broads was founded in 1997 by Janet Hanson and other women alumnae of Goldman Sachs, located at 85 Broad Street in New York City. Over the past decade, 85 Broads expanded its membership to include women in various business roles as well as alumnae and students of leading colleges, universities and graduate schools. Today, members are located in 82 countries around the world and work for more than 3,500 for-profit companies and not-for-profit organizations.
About Goodwin Procter
Goodwin Procter LLP is one of the nation’s leading law firms with offices in Boston, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Washington, D.C. The firm’s core areas of practice are corporate, litigation and real estate, with specialized areas of focus that include financial services, private equity, technology, REITs and real estate capital markets, intellectual property, tax and products liability. Information may be found at www.goodwinprocter.com.