On Thursday 20th October 2016, Chambers & Partners hosted a Diversity Seminar in Bogotá: Approaches to Women’s Leadership in the Professional Sphere, in association with Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría.
Over 130 legal professionals from the private and in-house practice attended this engaging event. Rocio Suarez, Diversity manager at Chambers & Partners welcomed the seminar, highlighting the company’s commitment to promoting and advancing gender diversity across all professional sectors internationally.
The event began with a keynote speech from Maria Adelaida Perdomo, co-founder of Aequales in Colombia, who provided an ingenious approach to internal barriers for women regarding gender inequality in the recruitment processes and the benefits of promoting a more inclusive workforce.
Following this, and in the form of a panel discussion, speakers engaged in a debate about diverse integrated perspectives of women’s professional leadership. The discussion provided delegates with an accomplished understanding of women’s leadership through coaching and mentoring, implicit bias affecting women and the value of women from a business perspective. Panellists included: Ana Fernanda Maiguashca, Co-director Banco de la República; Andrés F. Umaña, Corporate External and Legal Affairs Lead Microsoft Colombia; Marie Clare Le Chevalier, Director of Legal Services Accenture Argentina; Patricia Menéndez Cambó, Vice Chair Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Valeria Frigeri, General Counsel 3M Colombia. Claudia Barrero, Partner at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría moderated the panel, where she contributed to a really interactive and enriching discussion.
International trailblazers such as Patricia Menéndez Cambó – Vice Chair – Greenberg Traurig, and Antonia A. Stolper – Latin America Regional Managing Partner, Shearman & Sterling, set out a comprehensive view of women’s advancement, challenges and barriers from a US-based law firm perspective.
This event was a great opportunity to share experiences and provide guidance on how to foster leadership programmes for women and how to excel in a working environment that does not guarantee career progression to female candidates.