A steering group member of BakerWomen, Baker McKenzie’s London Women’s Network, Sue has harnessed her vast professional experience to further the mission for gender equality in the workplace. She Co-Chair’s the London Office’s Internal Engagement Committee for Baker Women (BWIE) and has organized events, run a He For She session and presented at regional Women’s groups. Recognized in the Innovate Finance Women in FinTech Power List 2019 and shortlisted for the TechWomen100 Champion Award 2019, Sue is the Founder and Chair of SCL Women in Tech Law which helps to advance and celebrate women in the tech law sector. Additionally, she is a Committee Member for the Law Society of England and Wales Women Lawyers Division.
Joanna has been part of the BakerWomen Leadership team since 2010, and spearheaded the launch of the original BakerWomen Client Event Programme which provided a networking forum for senior business women. These targeted events have helped to shift the culture of the firm – talking and thinking about gender diversity is no longer just “the right thing to do”, but it’s commercially critical for building stronger relationships with clients. Joanna championed the development of granular gender reporting at the firm. From evaluation, promotion and retention statistics, to recruitment and salaries; these tangible statistics have enabled the BW leadership to raise awareness of the issues, and facilitated BakerWomen to develop a clear plan of action, identifying key areas that need to change. As a direct result, initiatives such as agile and flexible working have been promoted in order to support women in their careers. Joanna also mentors women throughout the firm, both informally and formally through the firm’s Career Guidance Scheme. Externally, Joanna is part of the King’s College London Alumni group and is involved in the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership. She spoke at the inaugural event ‘Gender Equality: what’s holding back greater change?’ event, celebrating the achievements of the impressive King’s alumnae community and showcasing the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership.
Sue is a member of the executive committee of Baker McKenzie’s women’s network BakerWomen, aiming to proactively engage with the firm’s leadership, to serve as a think tank regarding gender issues and to create a networking community. Recent initiatives include creating programmes for returners, introducing expert allies and inclusion champions and increased use of capacity managers for work allocation. BW’s current focus is increasing partner accountability for D&I. BW’s previous efforts have led to a huge increase in agile working and take up of paternity leave. Sue is also a Partner Sponsor for the Baker G.E.N. (Gender Equality Network), working group which brings together women lawyers, business professionals and allies. At her previous firm, Morrison & Foerster, Sue founded and chaired MoFo Women and was on the global Women’s Strategy Committee. Sue coaches three junior women in her department, alongside colleagues in other male-dominated teams. Beyond Baker McKenzie, Sue is a trustee of the Society for Computers and Law (SCL) and founded the SCL Women in Tech Law Network to help advance, celebrate and connect women in the technology law sector. She is a member of the Law Society’s Women Lawyers Division executive committee. She has focused her pro bono efforts on social enterprises aimed at improving the life chances of girls and young women, supporting You Make It, Techmums and Stemettes.
Sue is a member of the executive committee of BakerWomen, Baker McKenzie’s women’s network and supports the firm’s Senior Female Peer Network. She also leads Baker McKenzie’s women in tech initiative, BakerWomen in Tech. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, Sue founded and chaired MoFo Women and was on Morrison & Foerster’s global Women’s Strategy Committee. On top of this, Sue provides pro bono legal support to You Make It and Techmums, two social enterprises focused on empowering women. Outside of work, Sue is an Inspiring the Future mentor, Modern Muse mentor and mentor under the GSA mentoring scheme. Recently, Sue co-founded and chairs a Women in Tech Law network with the Society of Computers and Law. On top of this. Sue regularly host events for various women’s networks, such as UPWARD and Precious.
Joanna co-leads the London office’s gender initiative, Baker Women, which aims to ensure that there are no barriers to career progression for women at the firm. They have introduced agile working, mentoring circles, maternity coaching for leavers and returners, sponsorship programmes for high performers and reviews of data to understand when and why women leave the firm. She has also introduced a programme of female client networking events and are active supporters of HeforShe. Externally, Joanna is actively involved in the King’s College London Global Institute for Women’s Leadership and participated in its launch event panel with Chair, Julia Gillard. She mentors King’s College London female law students, and speaks regularly at industry events on the subject of gender equality and the challenges faced by the legal profession. Joanna is one of GIR’s 100 Women in Investigations, and is listed in the Who’s Who for Investigations 2018.
As global chair of Baker McKenzie, Paul leads the charge on the conversation around gender attrition, pay, and overall satisfaction of women in the workplace. In his previous role, as London Managing Partner, he appointed the firm’s first ever Diversity & Inclusion Partner, a role unique to city law firms at that time. He recently launched the global commitment to the UN’s HeForShe movement on International Women’s Day 2018, and is about to launch a second sponsorship program to help elevate and give access to the tools women need to progress into leadership roles. Externally, Paul has actively supported a number of external bodies which champion women in business. At the 2018 World Economic Forum in Davos he attended a celebration of Forbes 100 most powerful women, and represented the private sector at a United Nations event in New York, to talk about the role that the industry can play in bridging the gap in equal pay. Last year, he also became an ambassador for the International Trade Centre’s #shetrades campaign; to highlight women’s economic empowerment. Closer to home, he actively supports the 30% Club UK, and spoke on the Panel at the 30% Club’s Shifting the Needle Leadership Forum.
Paul Rawlinson chairs one of the world’s largest law firms and is unequivocal in his desire to further Baker McKenzie’s global focus on diversity. Locally Paul has been actively supporting the London office’s high profile HeForShe campaign, with over 70% of male partners becoming HeForShe ambassadors. Playing a prominent role in the launch of LIFT (Leaders investing for Tomorrow) – a sponsorship programme across Baker McKenzie’s 77 offices worldwide partnering women attorneys with senior sponsors, he is ensuring women have access to all the tools and support they need, in order to rise up through the ranks. Recently Paul was the sole private sector representative at the United Nations launch event for “Champions of the Global Equal Pay Coalition”, to talk about the role that professional services firms can play in bridging the gap in equal pay. Closer to home, Paul is an active supporter of the 30% Club in the UK, recently speaking on the panel at their “Shifting the Needle” Leadership Forum. Paul doesn’t see gender equality as a “women’s” issue – it’s a business issue and is very aware that while progress is being made, there is still much to do before we reach a true gender equality.