BR Parents Forum

The BR Parents Forum supports parents at Blank Rome striving to manage their professional and parental responsibilities.

We provide a platform to exchange ideas and network among colleagues, share information pertinent to working parents, and promote innovation. We also highlight for Firm leadership the particular challenges working parents confront and work together to implement an environment in which parents in any position at the Firm have the opportunity to succeed. Our commitment is to ensure that everyone at Blank Rome has access to support, information, resources, and opportunities, to better navigate the unique and complex demands that parents in the legal industry face.

The BR Parents Forum facilitates community and peer-based support through periodic meetups with colleagues and with individuals outside the Firm that focus on shared experiences and on an array of parent-related topics. Meetups are offered across all of Blank Rome’s offices, and are geared toward parents of children of all ages and to parents of children with special needs or challenges. The BR Parents Forum offers mentorship, in particular to new parents and parents returning from leave. We offer resources covering a wide range of topics such as educational and age-related issues, parental wellness and stress relief, and confronting social justice challenges. The BR Parents Forum has taken a particularly visible and active role in navigating the complex changes, including the transition to a remote work environment, that have taken place stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. From sharing regularly updated resources, to providing an place for parents to discuss the challenges of “pandemic parenting,” to developing an art project to support First Responders, to communicating regularly with Firm leadership, the BR Parents Forum has been a key outlet for parents facing unprecedented challenges.

The BR Parents Forum has become a pillar supporting the Firm’s broader diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, making the Firm a place where everyone can do their best work in an environment where everyone can bring their “whole selves” to work, and attracting and harnessing our diverse talents and competencies to enhance the Firm’s client service.

BR Parents Forum Chairs:

Ariel S. Glasner (parent to three children, ages 8, 6, and 3)
Partner, White Collar and Investigations Practice Group
Washington, D.C.

Lauren B. Wilgus (parent to two children, ages 9 and 7)
Partner, Maritime and International Trade Practice Group
New York City

Administrative Advisers:

Joshua M. Troy (parent to two children, ages 3 and 1.5)
Associate Director of Professional Development
New York City

Rebecca Jackson (parent to two children, ages 3 and 10 months)
Professional Development Manager
Washington, D.C.