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Michal Berkner

Michal founded the Skadden Women Attorneys’ Network (SWAN). Having worked at Skadden as an associate for several years, she had recognised the need for an internal forum specifically designed to support women in their professional lives. SWAN was the first such group in the entire Skadden global network. It has evolved into a major force for championing women, both within the Skadden business and externally. Each of the firm’s 22 offices globally participates in the programme, hosting a multitude of events and networking opportunities. The European SWAN group regularly hosts intimate roundtable events for women in the business community. In addition to SWAN, Michal has recently played an active role in the roll-out of a ‘Women in Leadership’ programme at Skadden. Aimed at supporting women in the firm reach senior levels and partnership, the course offers one-on-one training to provide the tools needed to help them become partners. Michal is an active participant in the female business community, regularly participating and speaking at conferences and industry events specifically targeted at women, and mentoring more junior women in the sector. She has also mentored women with ambitions to work in government as well as in business.