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The Power of Generosity – Panel Discussion at Hogan LovellsEurope

"How can women help each other reach the top?" This topical question was the subject of the discussion held in our Frankfurt office on 3 November as part of the "Women of Achievement" series, hosted by Angela Hornberg, founder of Advance Human Capital.

The panel comprised Ana-Christina Grohnert, managing partner and member of the management board of Ernst & Young; she is responsible for HR strategy and organisational development and has been chairwoman of the management board of the Diversity Charter since 2012, as well as Galina Hesse, head of strategy and alliances at the liquid drugs segment of the Sanofi group, and Heike van de Kerkhof, head of the European titanium technologies business at The Chemours Company, a spin-off of DuPont.

The panel members in the photo from left to right: Heike van de Kerkhof, Galina Hesse, Angela Hornberg, Ana-Christina Grohnert 

In the course of their own careers, all three panel members have championed the concerns of other women and plan to continue doing so. Although they are motivated by different factors, they are united in their belief that women can only progress if they themselves champion this cause and actively promote other women. Numerous studies show that mixed teams with a significant proportion of women are more successful. Politicians have already got the ball rolling with the introduction of statutory quotas, but efforts need to be redoubled in order to achieve real change. Like any other corporate objective, an increase in the proportion of women in management positions can only be implemented if it is linked to corresponding measures and is quantifiable. It is important for all women to show a heightened awareness right from the beginning of their working lives. It is strategically clever for women to position themselves in order to help each other. Things will only change if women in particular champion this cause and actively promote other women.

Around 50 participants from different industries took the opportunity to contribute to the discussion and to talk further with each other at the get-together afterwards.

The "Women of Achievement" series of events is part of Hogan Lovells' "Women@HL" programme, under which the firm specifically supports and promotes female lawyers on their way to becoming partners. Dr Katlen Blöcker, Sponsoring Partner Diversity Germany, invites women to a network event held once a year at HL's Frankfurt office, during which well-known guest speakers from politics, business and society ensure an interesting thematic framework.

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Breaking Barriers in UlaanbaatarAsia and Middle East

The Ulaanbaatar office hosted a panel discussion on Breaking Barriers for Professional Women in March 2014, moderated by two associates. A group of leading women professionals from the government, academia, NGOs, and the private sector were invited to speak about the obstacles that inhibit Mongolian women from achieving their greatest professional potential.

The keynote speaker was Madam Ivana Grollova, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic to Mongolia, who spoke about the challenge for women to progress professionally while maintaining a balanced personal life. An open microphone provided the platform for a lively and interactive discussion among panelists and participants. The event highlighted our commitment to gender equality and diversity in Central Asia and was covered by local television stations.

Mongolia has celebrated International Women's Day as an official holiday for many decades. The topic for the Breaking Barriers panel session was based on the United Nation's theme for 2014: Equality for Women Is Progress for All. More than 60 invitees drawn from the public and private sector, including many in-house lawyers, participated in the event, which was followed by a well-attended networking cocktail reception. Hogan Lovells is the first global law firm in Mongolia to have sponsored an event dedicated to diversity and the advancement of women professionals.

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Graduate Recruitment Widening Access and Diversity InitiativesEurope

We believe that access to the legal profession must be open and fair, and we aim to break down perceived barriers that may deter talented individuals. Our London office partners with 30 target universities in the United Kingdom, many with a particular focus on social mobility.

Approximately 20 trainees, lawyers, and business services colleagues participate in open days throughout the year, and 60 engage in work experience programs. Since 2008, we have hosted about 25 open days where students can visit the London office and 12 work experience programs where students can experience life as a working lawyer with us.

Our work and commitments on social mobility include:

  • Social Mobility Compact: We are signatories of the Social Mobility Compact, committed to providing career opportunities for young people through our widening access programs and recruitment process.
  • PRIME: As one of the 23 founding law firms of PRIME, we provide fair access to work experience for school-age students from less privileged backgrounds. Since PRIME was founded in 2011, we have provided work experience to 135 Year-12 students.
  • Ladder to Law: Our bespoke program started in 2010, and with 10 schools outside the traditional London "City" catchment area, we engage students of all social and ethnic backgrounds. The schools have a high percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals who are likely to be first-generation university attendees.

More than 250 Year-10, -11, and -12 students have attended our workshops, open days, and work experience programs. We are a founding supporter of Pathways, a program focused on social mobility within the legal sector run in partnership with The Sutton Trust. Since 2008, we have provided work experience to 84 Year-12 students from state schools who will be first-generation university attendees.

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Madrid Equal Opportunity PlanEurope

Our Madrid office approved an equal opportunities (EO) plan for all employees in the country. The EO committee is composed of four partners, three members of business services, and two human resources representatives. The members periodically meet to promote the plan. The EO committee has driven various diversity initiatives and put in place internal policies to achieve full equality. The main drivers are to strengthen diversity as a value of the firm and to strengthen development of women within the office.

Among the objectives of the plan are to

  • ensure equal opportunities for women and men in recruitment and progression in their careers;
  • retain all our best talent;
  • promote awareness on gender equality;
  • project a modern and egalitarian image;
  • increase motivation and commitment to the firm; and
  • continue to remove barriers and break glass ceilings existing in our environment.
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9th Annual Hogan Lovells Practical Skills Program for Diverse StudentsAmericas

Our Denver office recognizes that diverse law students often face steep challenges at the beginning of their careers, and we hope to help students overcome such challenges. Since 2007, we have invited diverse first-year day and second-year evening law students attending the universities of Denver and Colorado to our offices for a half-day interview skills-building program.

Each year from 2007 to 2014, we have given 45  to 60 diverse law students:

  • mock interviews with constructive feedback from Hogan Lovells lawyers;
  • candid Q&A sessions with seasoned Hogan Lovells lawyers;
  • open discussions with distinguished diverse panelists from the community; and
  • a networking reception with Hogan Lovells lawyers and legal dignitaries.

Both participating law schools have heralded the program as an excellent opportunity for their diverse students because it is an effective and useful preparation tool for launching their professional careers. The students are not the only beneficiaries - it helps the law schools, which make use of the knowledge and experience of 25 to 50 "adjunct professors" from Hogan Lovells. It benefits our lawyers who enjoy mentorship but may not have the time or opportunity to pursue mentorship outside of their workdays. Moreover, the program helps the firm to promote Hogan Lovells' core values of diversity, inclusion, and good citizenship. The program also drives considerable recognition from clients, the Colorado bar, law schools, the public sector (of which many members attend the reception), and law students. The Center for Legal Inclusiveness called the program a "valuable learning opportunity," and  featured it in its February 2015 newsletter.

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Beijing Efforts to Promote CitizenshipAsia and Middle East

Our Beijing office put together a small team to organize and structure our Citizenship efforts for 2015 and beyond.  After the series of meetings, a team of between two to ten people was put together who will be dedicated to setting up events and activities for each of the different Citizenship sectors.  Each team has a team leader who will be responsible for holding at least one meeting a month to organize events.  Additionally, the team leaders of each team will meet once a month with the Citizenship partner to discuss upcoming activities.  

As part of our efforts, the diversity team has already held two small events: one in support of Lunar New Year and one in support of International Women's Day.  The Lunar New Year Event was a short history lesson on different items that are a necessity during the new year.  Particularly, different items were shown to our colleagues and our colleagues were tasked with trying to figure out the reasoning and/or story for such item.  The International Women's Day event included a short seminar from a local dentist to discuss the best methods for healthy and white teeth.

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Breaking Barriers Raises Over US$10,000 in Support of The Women's FoundationAsia and Middle East

Breaking Barriers hosted its sixth annual cocktail party on 27 May, raising over US$10,000 in support of The Women's Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of women in Hong Kong through research, community programs, education, media engagement, and advocacy.

Funds raised will support the production of a documentary by The Women's Foundation titled "She Objects," which will examine the scale and impact of gender stereotypes in the media in Hong Kong.

The cocktail party featured a raffle with more than 100 items from our generous donors (many of whom are clients of the firm), including luxury fashion apparel, fine wine, restaurant vouchers, personal training sessions, and even an all-inclusive trip to Hua Hin, Thailand. There were also tote bags designed by Tory Burch in collaboration with The Women's Foundation available for sale, with all proceeds going to The Women's Foundation.

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Celebration of Asian-Pacific American Heritage MonthAmericas

In May 2014, our D.C. Metro Diversity Committee, together with co-sponsors APABA-DC, the Korean American Bar Association of Washington, D.C., and the South Asian Bar Association of Washington, D.C., hosted a special evening in honor of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month and the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation.

The event commenced with the East Coast premiere screening of the critically acclaimed ABC documentary, "Witness: The Legacy of Heart Mountain," which profiles the Japanese-American internees who were confined at Heart Mountain during World War II. The film was recently honored with a 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association.

The film was followed by an enlightened and moving panel discussion that explored how the internment and other experiences have shaped the views of the Asian-Pacific American community, other ethnic minorities, and U.S. Constitutional law, as well as some of the challenges facing the Asian-Pacific American community today. Panelists included Norman Mineta, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, member of Congress, and chairman of the House Committee on Transportation; Shirley Ann Higuchi, former president of the D.C. Bar and current chair of the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation; Mee Moua, president of Asian Americans Advancing Justice Center and former three-term Minnesota state senator; and Vincent A. Eng, VENG Group partner and lecturer on Asian-Pacific Americans and Law at Columbia Law School.

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Events Celebrate International Women's DayAsia and Middle East

In celebration of International Women's Day, we hosted a series of events across our offices in Asia and the Middle East to celebrate in 2014. Events were held in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Singapore as well as Dubai and Ulaanbaatar, marking Breaking Barriers' inaugural events in those offices.

Our Ulaanbaatar office hosted a panel discussion on Breaking Barriers for Professional Women, moderated by two of our associates. Leading women professionals from the government, academia, NGOs, and the private sector were invited to speak about the obstacles that inhibit Mongolian women from achieving their greatest professional potential. The keynote speaker was Ivana Grollova, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic to Mongolia, who spoke about the challenge for women to progress professionally while maintaining a balanced personal life. Other panelists included:

  • V. Udval, former Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Justice;
  • Ts. Sarantuya, Professor of Law at the National University of Mongolia and Adviser to the Constitutional Court of Mongolia;
  • J. Zanaa, Executive Director of the Citizens Alliance Center; and
  • J. Battuya, Senior Legal Counsel at Oyu Tolgoi LLC.

An open microphone provided the platform for a lively and interactive discussion among panelists and participants. The event highlighted our commitment to gender equality and diversity in Central Asia and was covered by local television stations.

Hogan Lovells is the first global legal practice in Mongolia to have sponsored an event dedicated to diversity and the advancement of women professionals. Over 60 invitees from the public and private sector, including many in-house lawyers, participated in the event, which was followed by a well-attended networking cocktail reception.

 

And in Dubai, our award-winning Breaking Barriers initiative hosted a breakfast presentation with leading Emirati scientist Dr. Maryam Matar. Dr. Maryam, a celebrated Emirati doctor who has led pioneering research into UAE genetic disorders, gave an inspirational talk on her impressive career and life achievements, as well as advice on how to succeed as a woman in business. The event saw an impressive turnout of key regional clients, including Credit Agricole, Deutsche Bank, Ernst & Young, Investment Corporation of Dubai, International Finance Corporation, and Standard Chartered Bank.

Breaking Barriers was established in 2009 in Hong Kong, and since then the platform has been expanded to other Asia and Middle East offices. Hogan Lovells is one of the few international legal practices with a highly structured women's initiative across the region, and this initiative truly drives home the diversity message of the firm in Asia and the Middle East. As part of its International Women's Day Inspiring Women Series, Breaking Barriers also hosted the following thought-provoking seminars featuring distinguished speakers:

  • Hong Kong: Crystal Kwok, movie star, talk show host, radio personality, stage actress, and award-winning director, presented on sensitive topics relating to key women's issues of today
  • Shanghai: Aroma therapist Ada Xie helped attendees discover their individual "aroma-personalities"
  • Singapore: Jane Horan, a prominent diversity and inclusion speaker and author, shared her insight on successful career navigation and the importance of building a personal brand in the workplace

In addition, our Tokyo office held its inaugural Breaking Barriers event on 5 February 2014, which was well-attended by our female clients.

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Mock Interview Event for Diverse Law StudentsAmericas

In conjunction with the Critical Race Studies department at UCLA School of Law, our Los Angeles office hosted the second annual mock interview workshop for diverse law students on 3 February 2014, at the UCLA Faculty Center. This event provided students with the opportunity to practice their interview techniques in an informal and comfortable setting, allowing them to strengthen their job-seeking skills while learning how to address diversity issues that may arise in the hiring process.

Our Los Angeles administrative partner began the workshop with a presentation on general interviewing techniques and diversity-related topics. Students then took turns sitting for one-on-one mock interviews with lawyers to receive instant feedback and interview tips, and engaging in question and answer sessions with our lawyers during a cocktail reception.

Fourteen lawyers from the Los Angeles office participated in the workshop. An associate in our Los Angeles office worked closely with the Critical Race Department to organize the workshop and ensure that it was a success.
 
 

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