Firm Holds 12th Women’s Leadership Development Forum

June 10, 2024
WLDF Participants 2024

With the goal of enhancing women senior associates’ leadership skills, McGuireWoods held its 12th Women’s Leadership Development Forum (WLDF) May 2-3, 2024, at the firm’s Washington, D.C., office.

The associate-participants included Nicole M. AllabandJessica BarreraEmily G. BlairLaura J. CooleyMegan ItalianoEmily Erb KelleyLaura Grace MezherAlice O’DonovanSarah Y. Oh,  Anne Curtis SaundersSamantha E. Aparicio WallaceKelly A. WarlichBrooke A. Weedon and Madison K. B. Wyche.

Women Lawyers Network co-chairs Ali Baiardo and Elaine Sanderlin Ryan opened the two-day forum with a breakfast presentation, sharing stories and lessons from their individual career journeys. Afterward, a dozen McGuireWoods women partners joined the group for an “Ask Anything” dinner, to provide perspectives on life as a partner at the firm.

After breakfast on the second day with firm managing partner J. Tracy Walker IV, participants enjoyed a lunchtime panel featuring insights from WLDF alums — partners Elissa N. BaurAnna C. HorevayMelissa O. Martinez and Ashley B. Matthews.