Blank Rome received the 2017 Advancing Women Company Award by The Philadelphia Business Journal and was honored at a reception on Thursday, November 16, along with 30 women honorees who received the “Women of Distinction” award based on their career accomplishments and community service.
Blank Rome Partner Lisa Casey Spaniel, who serves as chair of the Firm’s Women’s Forum, as well as Partner Sophia Lee, who leads various diversity and inclusion initiatives for the Firm’s Philadelphia office, accepted the award on behalf of the Firm. This has been a banner year for the Firm’s Women’s Forum and diversity initiatives, with recent recognitions including being named one of the 2017 Best Law Firms for Women by Working Mother magazine and being listed as a Leading Firm for Promoting Women in 2016 by Bloomberg Big Law Business. Additionally, the Firm hosted its inaugural Women’s Leadership Summit and Hackathon in September 2017 and expanded its participation in Diversity Lab initiatives by joining the Mansfield Rule pilot program, continuing the OnRamp Fellowship program, and participating in the Women in Law Hackathon Alliance, following the Firm’s participation in the 2016 Women in Law Hackathon.
“It’s truly an honor to be a part of such an inclusive, forward-thinking firm, and to be recognized for our role in advancing women in the legal industry,” said Ms. Spaniel. “As our Women’s Forum continues to grow and evolve, we look forward to expanding on our current initiatives in this space, as well as exploring additional opportunities to advance and retain women in the workforce.”
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2017 Advancing Women Company Award Profile: Blank Rome
Blank Rome is a firm known for its commitment to diversity, and it has been making waves in the local professional community for women. Seven out of the company’s 39-member partner board are women, about 18 percent. And of the top 10 percent of earners at the company, five are women. In 2014 the company joined the OnRamp Fellowship, through which women lawyers re-entering the profession can update skills and legal contacts through one-year, paid positions with top law firms. Additionally, Blank Rome has a Women’s Forum that holds meetings, a call of the month, a lunch circle and ultimately works to give lawyers the opportunity to network, mentor and learn.
Blank Rome has sponsored events benefiting women in professional settings and supports a variety of bar, professional and civic organizations that promote diversity.
Blank Rome Partners Lisa Casey Spaniel (middle) and Sophia Lee (right) accept the 2017 Advancing Women Company Award at Philadelphia Business Journal’s award reception on November 16. Pictured with J. Lindsay Johnston, Executive Director, The POWER of Professional Women (left).