The Women’s and Diversity Strategy Committees work closely with our attorneys to cultivate and promote a culture of sponsorship at the firm. Sponsorship is more than mentorship – it occurs when a partner actively uses his/her position within the firm to advance an associate’s career.
Sponsorship programs typically are based on the concept of “paying it forward,” and MoFo’s program is no exception. Partners across the firm – women and men – readily acknowledge their indebtedness to the support they received in their careers and are committed to sponsoring diverse and women associates for partnership.
Unlike other firms, which have programs that formally match lawyers with sponsors, MoFo supports more organic sponsorship. This approach is made possible because of the shared commitment across the firm to the internal advancement of women and diverse lawyers.
The Women’s and Diversity Steering Committees meet with practice group heads periodically to ensure high-performing diverse and women senior associates have partner champions within their practice groups to support their growth and development. The firm also utilizes its Sponsorship Tip Sheet to assist partners in engaging with associates; it provides concrete steps for attention and focus to position our highest performing associates for future success.
MoFo’s partners will continue to pay it forward – enhancing a strong culture of sponsorship and driving the advancement of our women and diverse lawyers.
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