Womble Bond Dickinson has made significant strides in gender equity. The firm’s top two US leaders – Chair and CEO Betty Temple and Vice-Chair Ellen Gregg—are women, as are all four members of Womble Bond Dickinson’s Executive Committee. The firm has been named a Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) Gold Standard firm in 2015, 2017 and 2018 for having women attorneys in equity partner and firm leadership positions.

One of these top leaders is Beth Tyner Jones, the Managing Partner of Womble Bond Dickinson’s Raleigh office. In a new article for the Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s Diversity & The Bar magazine, Jones writes about Womble Bond Dickinson’s efforts to promote opportunities for women lawyers. These efforts include the creation of the Women of Womble Bond Dickinson (WOW) initiative, which provides mentoring, networking and professional development opportunities for the firm’s women attorneys.

“These professional development efforts are bearing fruit,” Jones writes. “While we still have work to do in increasing the overall number of women equity partners, 50 percent of our new equity partners joining or promoted in the past 12 months are women.”

Click here to read “Building Gender Inclusivity from the Top” by Beth Tyner Jones.

Beth Tyner Jones has nearly three decades of experience counseling employers on all facets of employment law matters. She leads the firm’s US-based Labor & Employment Team, which represents employers in labor and employment litigation as well as counsels employers proactively to manage risk and to help prevent such disputes. She also is a leader of the firm’s Education and School Law Team and serves on Womble Bond Dickinson’s Firm Management Committee.