Paying it ForwardThe Women’s Strategy Committee works closely with senior lawyers to cultivate and promote a culture of sponsorship and partners with the Diversity Strategy Committee on firmwide sponsorship activities.

Sponsorship programs are based on the concept of “paying it forward,” and MoFo’s program is no exception. Senior lawyers across the firm — including women and men — readily acknowledge their indebtedness to the mentorship and guidance they received earlier in their careers and are committed to paying back that debt by sponsoring senior women associates for partnership.

Unlike other firms, which have programs that formally match women lawyers with sponsors, MoFo has developed a program where sponsorship occurs organically. This unique approach is made possible because of a commitment to the internal advancement of women lawyers that is shared across the firm.

The Steering Committees of both the Diversity and Women’s Strategy Committees meet with practice group heads periodically to ensure high-performing diverse and women senior associates have partner champions within their groups to support each associate's growth and development.

Each sponsorship is unique but generally the relationship between a sponsor and sponsoree includes four key elements:

  • providing increasingly challenging work/“stretch” assignments with growing levels of responsibility;
  • assisting an associate in developing and enhancing her presence and reputation within the firm;
  • exposing the associate to clients; and
  • using the partner’s influence to promote the associate within the firm.


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