Akerman’s Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) provides a system of advocacy, education, and support to advance women within Akerman, the legal profession, and the communities in which we live and work. The three core objectives of WIN are recruiting and retention, advancement and promotion, and business development, and we are committed to ensuring diversity and inclusivity in WIN endeavors. WIN maintains a presence in leadership through co-chairs Kasey Dunlap and LaKeisha Marsh, both members of the firm’s Board of Directors, and through an Executive Committee liaison working to ensure WIN has a voice at the highest level of firm leadership. WIN is also focused on improving the environment in which we work while contributing to the success of Akerman.

WIN implements structural support for women, including the establishment of formal mentoring relationships that drive professional advancement, the organization of professional development training and opportunities, the hosting of internal networking events, and the creation of educational programs that address issues affecting professional women.

Driving our efforts and accountability, Akerman is a signatory to the Mansfield Rule, a rigorous law firm certification program requiring the consideration of at least 30 percent women and minorities for all equity partner promotions, lateral partner searches, leadership roles within the firm, and business development opportunities and subsequent staffing. Every year since signing onto Mansfield, we have achieved certification. Because of our work, Working Mother named Akerman as one of the best law firms for women. Today, an unprecedented number of women now serve in practice leadership positions within Akerman, women made up more than 50 percent of our recent partner promotions, and our firmwide governing committees are substantially diverse.

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