On 17 May 2016, White & Case Brussels hosted the final session of the Women in Law and Leadership (WILL) program. This is a cross-law Firm project based in Brussels, designed to support talented women on their way to becoming leaders, providing them with the tools they need to succeed.
The program takes a positive, practical approach: identifying women's strengths and building on them; sharing experiences and ideas; developing skills; balancing private and professional life; and is aimed at equipping women leaders for successful careers as lawyers. Jacquelyn MacLennan, partner at White & Case, has been involved since the program began in 2008, and a number of White & Case women lawyers have taken part en route to promotion including Muriel Alhadeff, Genevra Forwood and Katarzyna Czapracka.
For this final session for this year, the participants were asked to present their Personal Development Plan (PDP) in small groups, with "mentor partners" providing constructive feedback. A speed-dating session with partners giving personal advice on work, life balance was also included.
The completion of the program was celebrated with drinks and a walking dinner in the White & Case Brussels office. Partner Nathalie Colin made some warm welcoming remarks, and WILL participants from previous years and our male colleagues joined the group and enjoyed the opportunity to network.