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ABOUT THIS SYMPOSIUM

Women Owned Law will come together for its inaugural Symposium on Women’s Entrepreneurship in the Law on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 in Philadelphia. The Symposium will bring together a diverse mix of successful women entrepreneurs in the law and their supporters to:

  • Explore creative ways to develop, run and grow a business in the legal industry
  • Share best practices on running a successful law firm
  • Identify and learn how to better pursue opportunities to work with large companies in a competitive marketplace
  • Recognize and develop new revenue streams
  • Enhance your network of relevant referral and business partners 
  • Understand the value your business provides and how to ensure you are compensated for it
  • Raise the profile of women’s entrepreneurship in the legal ecosystem

The day-long Symposium will feature a keynote speaker,  panel discussions, networking, and an awards ceremony. The programming will include insights from a wide range of women legal entrepreneurs, as well as business advisors and representatives from majority-owned law firms and corporations dedicated to promoting gender diversity in the law.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

The Symposium is for veteran, novice and aspiring women entrepreneurs in the law - whether running a firm or providing legal services - as well as professionals, companies and other organizations interested in collaborating or doing business with these entrepreneurs.

WHY FOCUS ON WOMEN’S ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN THE LAW?

This is the era of the Woman Entrepreneur. Over the last 50 years, the number of women-owned businesses has increased exponentially, comprising 4.6% of all companies in 1972 to 40% of all companies today. In the last ten years, the number of businesses started by women of color is also increasing at a dramatic rate, and all women-owned businesses are growing at a rate that far outpaces all businesses. While there are limited statistics on the number of women-owned businesses in the law, professional and technical services (which includes law), is one of the three largest industry segments for women-owned businesses. Not only are more women choosing entrepreneurship than ever, as Melinda Gates recently explained, promoting women’s entrepreneurship is one of the pathways for achieving gender equality.

Women entrepreneurs in the law face all the same challenges and opportunities as other women entrepreneurs. It is no secret that the law is, still, a male-dominated field and women often face explicit and implicit bias on a daily basis. By starting and running their own firms and other legal businesses, women lawyers and other legal entrepreneurs can chart their own course, ensure they get the opportunities they are entitled to and that they are fairly compensated for their work.

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