The Commission on Women in the Profession’s Men in the Mix Project aims to better understand the obstacles men face in becoming better allies for women lawyers. Why don’t more men participate in women’s affinity groups, engage in open conversation about how to promote gender equity in their organizations, and advocate for their women colleagues to be treated as equals?
To discover some answers, the Commission recently held informal focus groups. An event took place in New York City on April 30 and featured Scott Musoff and Maura Barry Grinalds of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Michael Blair of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, on the panel; Ingrid Busson-Hall of PayPal moderating; and Anne Collier of Arudia facilitating. Another event took place in Dallas on May 2 and featured Lysha Weston of AT&T Inc.; Julia Simon of Mary Kay Inc.; and Michael Hurst of Lynn Pinker Cox Hurst, LLP, on the panel; Alan Bryan of Walmart Inc. moderating; and Anne Collier of Arudia facilitating. CWP is excited about this ongoing study and looks forward to the results coming out next year.