The Foley Hoag Women’s Forum aims to cultivate women leaders. The Forum is focused on recruiting, retention, career advancement and business development activities for women attorneys. The Forum serves as an internal network to nurture professional skill development and open doors to external networks to support the career and business goals of Foley Hoag’s women lawyers at every level.
The women’s mentoring circles are the heart of the Women’s Forum. Launched in 2013 as an opportunity for Foley Hoag’s women attorneys to build community, seek and provide mentorship and expand their internal networks, the circles have evolved into spaces where trusted colleagues can support one another, offer guidance and thoughtfully discuss both professional and personal matters in a confidential setting. Membership is voluntary and open to all attorneys at the firm who identify as women or non-binary.
The mentoring circles are complemented by monthly women associate lunches, which Foley Hoag women partners join every quarter. These lunches often feature discussions led by consultants or in-house counsel. The women partners also meet amongst themselves bi-monthly for lunch or dinner.
The firm serves as host and sponsor of many seminars, round table discussions, and marketing events targeted to business women, and the Forum ensures that Foley Hoag’s women attorneys are active participants and speakers at these events. Such events are produced in collaboration with The Mass Technology Leadership Council, MosiacHUB, and the Association of Corporate Counsel Northeast Chapter, to name a few.
Women's Forum Co-Chairs:
Moving Industry, Commerce & Policy Forward
Foley Hoag attorneys are often called upon to lead industry missions and advance policy and market opportunities. Some of these leadership positions include the following:
- Barbara Fiacco as President of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
- Clara Brillembourg as Advisory Council Member for the Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
- Hemmie Chang as Board Member of South Cove Manor, Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Inc. and South Cove Nursing Facilities Foundation
- Lisa Wood as Chair of the Board of the Center for Women and Enterprise (effective January 2020)
Legal Community Leadership
Leadership among Bar associations is a given. But the Foley Hoag Women’s Forum nurtures a culture of succession planning and inclusion. Associates are regularly introduced to Bar involvement and mentored through leadership roles. A few of the many Bar positions held by Foley Hoag attorneys are below.
- Tracy Roosevelt as Co-Chair of the American Society of International Law’s Women in International Law Interest Group
- DeAnn Smith as Co-Chair of the American Intellectual Property Law Association International & Foreign Law Committee
Community, Civic and Cultural Leadership
When it comes to leadership, we take it personally. Leadership by our attorneys extends past the legal and business context and furthers personal civic, social, educational and cultural interests. We are proud of the many roles held by our associates, counsel, and partners including the following:
- Kathleen Brill as Vice President of the Board of the Fenway Civic Association
- Hemmie Chang as Founding Director of the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence
- Tafadzwa Pasipanodya as Member of Board of Trustees of the Almasi Arts Collaborative, a non-profit organization to help develop and support the dramatic arts industry in Zimbabwe
Leading by Example
Leadership is honed internally before external contributions can be realized. Serving by example is a first-step for our Women’s Forum. Women who rank among Foley Hoag’s most senior leaders and participate in Forum programs include Jennifer Audeh, Deputy-Chair of the Business Department; Teresa Martland, Foley Hoag Executive Committee member; Natasha Reed, Co-Chair of the Trademarks, Copyrights and Unfair Competition Practice; Jenevieve Maerker, Co-Chair, Trademark, Copyright & Unfair Competition Practice Hathaway Russell, Co-Chair of the Personalized Medicine Practice; DeAnn Smith, Co-Chair of the PTAB Proceedings Practice; Lisa Wood, Co-Chair of the Litigation Department, Chair of Auditor Defense and Antitrust Practice Groups, Co-Chair of Advertising and Marketing Practice and member of Distribution and Billing Committees; Christina Hioureas, Chair of the United Nations Practice; Heather Miles, Co-Chair of the Emerging Company and Venture Capital group; Adrienne Ellman, Co-Chair of the Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Transactions groups; and Meredith Haviland, Hiring Committee Chair.
Every lawyer at Foley Hoag has an opportunity to rise as high as his or her ability and work ethic can take him or her. The Foley Hoag Women’s Forum adds to the essential support and guidance from accomplished peers, mentors, and sponsors to help every woman attorney realize her potential.