Leadership Academy for Women

The Leadership Academy for Women is an executive education course that prepares women law firm partners and in-house counsel to stride confidently to the highest levels of success in their firms and organizations, their communities and the legal profession.


July 16 – 18, 2024  |  San Francisco

Partner Program       Details   |   Agenda   |   Register
In-House Program    Details   |   Agenda   |   Register

Who Should Attend?

The Leadership Academy is an executive education program for women law firm partners who are current or emerging leaders within their organizations. Women who attend are the rising stars of the legal profession, and the Leadership Academy gives them the tools and confidence they need to realize their leadership ambitions.

What topics are covered?

The Leadership Academy focuses on skill building and prepares participants to assume significant leadership roles and make contributions highly visible, valued and rewarded. Attending the Leadership Academy will teach you how to:

  • Make strategic decisions that will advance your career;
  • Build robust professional networks;
  • Leverage your strengths and create leadership opportunities;
  • Use the economic and political dynamics of your organization to your advantage;
  • Recognize and manage the impact of gender dynamics on your career;
  • Project confidence and credibility;
  • Deal effectively with conflict; and
  • Develop and project a leadership style that is authentic and effective.

Participating Organizations

The following organizations have participated in the Leadership Academy and/or are currently participating in WorkLife Law’s women’s leadership programs:

Participating Law Firms:
Andrews Kurth
Baker McKenzie
Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
Bull, Housser & Tupper
Burnham Brown
Carroll, Burdick & McDonough
Chapman and Cutler
Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass
Crowell & Moring
Davis, Polk & Wardwell
Davis Wright Tremaine
Dewey & LeBoeuf
DLA Piper
Epstein Becker & Green
Faegre & Benson
Faegre Baker Daniels
Farella Braun & Martel
Fenwick & West
Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Goodwin Procter
Gordon & Rees
Hanson Bridgett
Heninger Garrison Davis
Kilpatrick Townsend
Kirkland & Ellis
Klein, Denatale Goldner
Latham & Watkins
Littler Mendelson
The Liu Law Firm, P.C.
Lowenstein Sandler
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips
McCarter & English
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy
Miller Brown & Dannis
Mintz Levin
Morrison & Foerster
Munger, Tolles & Olson
Murphy Pearson Bradley & Feeney
Ogletree Deakins
O’Melveny & Myers
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
Reed Smith
Richards Kibbe & Orbe
Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd
Rosen, Bien & Galvan
Schiff Hardin
Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold
Severson & Werson
Seyfarth Shaw
Shearman & Sterling
Shook, Hardy & Bacon
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal
Steptoe & Johnson
Stradling Yocca Carlson Rauth
Squire, Sanders & Dempsey
Townsend and Townsend and Crew
Trucker Huss, APC
Weil Gotshal Manges
Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean
Williams & Connolly
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Winston & Strawn
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice
Participating Companies:
23and Me
Activision Blizzard
Adobe Systems Inc.
Albourne America
Allstate Insurance Co.
Altria Client Services Inc.
The American Institute of Architects
Apple Inc.
Argonne National Laboratory
Banco Popular
Cadence Design Systems Inc.
Cerus Corporation
Chiquita Brands International
Clorox Company
Coupons.com Inc.
Cox Automotive
Cupertino Electric Inc.
Del Monte Foods
Delicato Family Vineyards
Delta Dental
Dignity Health
Entertainment Partners
Exponential Talent
Fdn. for CA Community Colleges
Gap Inc.
HP Inc.
Idaho National Laboratory
Ingalls Shipbuilding
Intel Corporation
Intuit Inc.
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Los Alamos National Laboratory
LVMH | Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton
McDonald’s Corporation
McKesson Corporation
Metropolitan Transportation Commission
Midpen Regional Open Space District
Morpho Detection
NERA Economic Consulting
NovaBay Pharmaceuticals
Oculus VR
Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Pandora Media Co.
Pfizer Inc.
Planet Labs
PNC Financial Services Group
Prime Healthcare
Procter & Gamble
Qualcomm Incorporated
The Reutlinger Community
SF City Attorney’s Office
San Francisco Giants
Santa Clara University
SAP Software Solutions
Silver Lake
Sodexo Inc.
Spectrum Equity
State Bar of California
SVB Financial Group
Symphony Service Corp.
T-Mobile USA, Inc.
Tennant Company
Texas A&M University
Ultimate Software
United Airlines
UCSF Medical Center
University of California
University of California, Hastings College of the Law
University of California, San Diego
University of California, San Francisco
University of Pennsylvania
Warner Music Group
Wells Fargo

Frequently Asked Questions

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How will this program benefit my organization?

Women represent a vital talent pool for companies. Organizations benefit when women apply their talents as leaders, serve as mentors and role models crucial for attracting and retaining junior women in the organization, and provide the diversity that the marketplace increasingly demands. The Leadership Academy prepares participants to assume greater leadership responsibilities, increase their value to their organization, and leverage their abilities and talents more strategically for positive business results.

What's the program format?

The Leadership Academy curriculum follows a business school model that includes case studies, team problem-solving, interactive programming, and one-on-one exercises. The instruction is research-based, including an understanding of strategic and tactical thinking, practical applications and coaching.

How many people will attend the Leadership Academy?

We strictly limit the number of participants to approximately 25 partners to ensure a highly-interactive program with ample opportunities for one-on-one coaching and valuable network-building between participants. Participation is typically limited to 3 attorneys per firm, reach out to us to discuss availability if you’d like to send more.

What about cancellations or participant substitutions?

Cancellation and Substitution Policy: All cancellation and participant substitution requests must be made in writing and may be sent via email to HLAW@worklifelaw.org. Participant substitutions may be made at any time at the election of the organization.

  • Full refunds are available for all registrants if cancelled before June 1, 2024.
  • For cancellations between June 1 and July 1, 2024, 40% of the registration fee will be refunded. The remaining 60% of the fee can be applied toward the 2024 or 2025 Leadership Academy. Any unused credits will expire on June 15, 2025.
  • There are no refunds for cancellations after July 1, 2024. Registrants that cancel after July 1 will receive a credit for the amount paid for the cancelled participant and can use that credit toward the 2024 or 2025 Leadership Academy. Any unused credits will expire on June 15, 2025.
  • Participants who cancel and then use their 2024 credit to attend the 2025 program will be treated as 2024 registrants, and will not count as an organization’s “first participant” for purposes of 2025 registration. If an organization sends a 2024 cancelled registrant to the 2025 program and also registers a new participant for 2025, the new 2025 registrant must pay the “first participant” rate; any additional new registrants may pay the “additional participant” discounted rate (max 2). This applies to both member and non-member organizations.

How can my company become a sponsor?

Interested in supporting our mission, investing in women’s leadership and connecting with our audience of successful women from top firms and companies? Learn more about becoming a Leadership Academy sponsor here.

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