Developing Diversity

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Developing Diversity is a unique community created to help support female associates through their legal careers.

Since 1990, women have made up over half of the new entrants into the legal profession, and yet still, only 28% of partners in private practice are female.

Year on year, the legal industry continues to see huge numbers of talented female associates leaving private practice law firms and also the profession as a whole. And whilst the exodus is mainly seen at the senior associate level, the reality is that decision process begins much earlier.

Developing Diversity is a commercial skills workshop and networking group, aimed at improving the retention and progression of female associates in law firms, by targeting those right at the beginning of their legal careers.

Through a series of targeted events, Developing Diversity connects trainees and associates with senior female role models and helps them to cultivate the commercial skills and behaviours necessary for successful career progression.

Future Events:

‘Reframing Failure’

Our first event in 2020 explores the idea of reframing failure.

Working with the Executive Coaching Consultancy, this interesting event will delve into the idea of how we as individuals can reframe failure.  We will discuss topics such as what happens to us when we experience failure, perfectionism & imposter syndome and understanding that there is rarely success without failure.

We look forward to confirming further details of this event soon!

Past Events:

‘Self Promotion and Building Your Brand’  was held at Shearman & Stirling in April.  This was an exciting evening discussion led by Geraldine Gallacher, head of The Executive Coaching Consultancy and a prolific advocate for female advancement in the city.   Geraldine delivered an engaging presentation, with a particular focus on the topic of self promotion, to support women to develop the commercial skills necessary to progress into senior leadership positions.

‘Speak So Other’s Listen’ took place at Travers Smith in Nov 2018, where we had  a unique discussion focusing on how to create gravitas in your interactions with senior partners and clients, led by Caroline Goyder, expert corporate coach, TEDx Speaker and Author of bestselling book “Gravitas”.  Caroline has worked extensively with financial institutions, FTSE 100 businesses, law firms and women’s networks, coaching juniors on developing these core skills.

For more information on Developing Diversity visit and future events please contact Senior Consultant Aija Maddocks on aija@developingdiversity.co.uk or
+44 (0) 207 337 2708.