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August 4, 2012

Top Women Lawyers of Color Share “Best Advice” for Career Advancement

“Visible Invisibility: Women of Color in Fortune 500 Legal Departments,” a survey by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, found that women lawyers of color are underpaid, underestimated, and undervalued.

Following a presentation of the study’s initial findings, a panel discussion featuring former and current prominent women corporate counsel focuses on strategies on how women, especially women of color, can overcome the barriers they face as they aim for the top echelons of the legal profession.

Speakers in order of appearance:

  • Mary L. Smith–President-Elect, National Native _
  • Wendy C. Shiba–Retired Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of KB Home and President-Elect, National Asian Pacific _
  • Kim M. Rivera–Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, DaVita, Inc.
  • Paula Boggs–Retired Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Starbucks Coffee Company

The full report of the nationwide survey of 1,000 in-house attorneys at Fortune 500 companies will be published in the fall.

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