New York - October 30, 2013 - Shearman & Sterling announced that it has joined 85 Broads, a global women’s networking organization, in a partnership that extends membership benefits to the firm’s US women associates and counsel. Collaborative efforts will include networking among women business leaders, participating in formal and informal events, sharing information and insight on career goals, contributing to blog discussions and other activities.
Creighton Condon, the firm’s Senior Partner, said, “Shearman & Sterling is committed to supporting the professional and personal growth of the women in our firm and to developing their leadership potential. Our partnership with 85 Broads complements the many other efforts under way to nurture talent throughout our organization.” Other initiatives include the firm’s @ShearmanWomen Twitter feed; participation as a Lean In “Platform Partner”; sponsorship of internal inclusion networks; pro bono work advocating for women worldwide; and various professional development programs, seminars, conferences and community activities.
Added Donna Parisi, a Shearman & Sterling partner and co-head of the firm’s Asset Management Group, who was a champion of the firm’s involvement with 85 Broads, “We see joining 85 Broads as one more way to promote the development of the talented women throughout our organization and foster new or strengthened relationships with our clients, alumni and other professional women. I’m pleased that the firm has made this investment and thrilled to be part of the growing 85 Broads community.”
“We are very pleased to have a global law firm of Shearman & Sterling’s caliber as a new Corporate Partner,” said Sallie Krawcheck, Business Leader of 85 Broads. “Their commitment to professional women, their associates and global gender diversity aligns very well with our network. We welcome them to the 85 Broads Community.”
85 Broads was founded in 1997 by women who worked for Goldman Sachs at 85 Broad Street, the investment banking firm’s former NYC headquarters. The organization was acquired by Sallie Krawcheck in May of this year. Over the past decade, its paid membership has expanded to include female entrepreneurs and executives from diverse industries and backgrounds, as well as alumnae and students of some of the world’s leading colleges, universities and graduate schools. Members currently represent 130 countries in more than 40 regional chapters and campus clubs around the world.
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