“Gender diversity in business is directly linked to increased creativity, collective intelligence and financial performance. … It’s no surprise then that many of our country’s most innovative companies are instituting new policies to invest in women leaders,” wrote Orrick Chairman Mitch Zuklie in a Fortune op-ed about our industry-leading parental leave program.
Social research confirms the positive impact on business when organizations have three or more women on their board of directors. At Orrick, women have a strong voice in the leadership of our firm. We are fortunate to have five women on our Board and Management Committee. And women lead or co-lead two-thirds of the firm's 45 most valued client relationships.
Yet we know there is more we can do to advance women at our firm. To guide us, our Women's Initiative is led by Sheryl Garko. To draw on the best thinking from inside and outside our firm, we have created a Women’s Leadership Board composed of leaders in business and law. Members include senior leaders from Facebook, Kleiner Perkins, NVIDIA, Oracle, Paypal, RPX Corp. and Total. Collaborating on this initiative is Kellie McElhaney, adjunct professor at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and founder of the Haas Center for Responsible Business.