Shortlisted for ‘Woman of the Year’ at the British Legal Awards, Tamara is a committed advocate for gender equality and inclusion across all levels of business. In her capacity as Managing Partner at Reed Smith LLP, Tamara is involved with WiNRs, Reed Smith’s internal Women’s Initiative and the 30% Club’s mentoring scheme. An instrumental voice for women in leadership, Tamara regularly speaks at industry events and sponsors the career advancement of women associates and partners internally and externally. In addition, Tamara is a Founding Member of the 30% Club and Steering Committee Member, a Sponsor of the PowerWomen Network and Chair of Women of Influence, which mentors and fundraises for women fellows. Tamara is also a founding member of Paradigm for Parity, a gender balance campaign that has secured support from CEOs of major, global corporations to increase gender equality.
As the Global Head of Legal Personnel, Reed Smith’s Diversity & Inclusion Initiative and the Women’s Initiative Network (WINRS) report directly to Casey, providing a great opportunity to innovate and drive positive change. Reed Smith was an inaugural signatory to the Mansfield Rule, through which Casey and her team guided the firm’s efforts to ensure women and diverse attorneys comprise at least 30% of the candidates for leadership and governance roles, equity partner promotions, and lateral positions. Casey also has introduced innovative initiatives to address demands on working women, including an online course assisting pregnant women to plan for leave and to return to work; a breast milk storage and shipping service to assist breastfeeding attorneys who are travelling for work; a ‘Ramp-Up/Ramp-Down’ programme, allowing attorneys on extended absences to ramp up and down from 60% of expected hours to full time over 16 weeks with no impact on their compensation; and an Associate Life initiative, aimed at providing business skills and an overall positive experience at work. Externally, Casey has co-chaired the United Way of Allegheny County’s Women’s Leadership Council, during which time the number of members in the WLC increased to more than 2,000 and significant finances were raised for women’s causes. She has also been a long-time supporter of the Girl Scouts, who have recently honoured her for her efforts as Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania’s Woman of Distinction in Government & Law.
Tamara leads by example, working with Reed Smith’s active women’s network (known as WinRS) for years. Now, as the firm’s most senior person in the EME, she uses her influence to leverage the sponsorship of young women aspiring to partnership has increased. She has been instrumental in the promotions of dozens of women across all areas of the firm. Viewed as a role model for young lawyers, she is active in firm-wide recruitment and seeks to inspire all women to achieve their potential. Externally, Tamara is generous with her time and contacts. She is heavily involved in a number of organisations, including the 30% Club Steering Committee, founding member of Paradigm for Parity, C200 Membership Committee, and a sponsor and judge for Asian Women of Achievement Awards. She also works closely with universities and international organisations, advancing the pipeline of talent female leaders. Tamara has won many awards for her legal expertise, including Euromoney’s “Best in Structured Finance”, as well as for her activities around diversity including Women of the Future’s Mentor of the Year, and being featured as on of Brummell’s 30 Inspirational Women Champions of Diversity.