O’Melveny Supports Inaugural Women in Law Hackathon CompetitionMarch 09, 2016 Firm To Participate in New Diversity Lab Initiative Aimed at Advancing Women in the Legal Profession
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LOS ANGELES -- March 9, 2016 -- O’Melveny will be participating in the Women in Law Hackathon, a new Shark Tank-style pitch competition aimed at generating innovative ideas to close the gender gap in law firms. The initiative, launched this year by Diversity Lab in partnership with Stanford Law School and Bloomberg Law, brings together leaders from 45 top law firms who will work together in teams to devise strategies to help retain and advance experienced women in the legal industry.
From January to June 2016, participants will collaborate virtually in teams, each comprised of six lawyers, two talent or diversity thought leaders, and a Stanford law student, to develop strategies for advancing women in the legal profession. The program will culminate on June 24, 2016, when the teams will pitch their ideas to a group of high-profile judges at Stanford Law School. The top three teams selected by the judges will grant their prize money, donated by Bloomberg Law, to nonprofit organizations that are helping to advance women in the legal industry and beyond.
The Women in Law Hackathon is the brainchild of Caren Ulrich Stacy, Chief Executive Officer of Diversity Lab, whose pioneering work has included creating the first re-entry program launched in the legal field for women returning to the workforce after an extended hiatus. “There's never been such a large collaborative effort where … firms join together to solve the gender parity issue,” said Ulrich Stacy.
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About Diversity Lab
Diversity Lab creates and tests new ways to close the gender gap and boost diversity in organizations at the leadership level. Data, behavioral science, and design-thinking are at the core of everything that the Lab does. The Lab’s inaugural initiative, the OnRamp Fellowship, is the largest re-entry platform matching experienced women returning to the workforce after a hiatus with organizations for six- and twelve-month Fellowships. The Fellowship started as a pilot with four law firms and has now grown to include more than 30 of the world’s top law firms, legal departments, and banks. The Lab also celebrates and highlights what other individuals and organizations are doing to advance women through the TakeALittleAction.com website and shares knowledge – in collaboration with 25 other talent and diversity experts – through its blog TalentThinkTank.com.