WASHINGTON, D.C.—Womble Carlyle attorney and Women of Womble leader Cathy Hinger moderated a panel discussion at the  Women, Influence & Power in Law (WIPL) Global Forum.

Hinger moderated a discussion titled “Building a Successful Women’s Initiative,” which is part of the Executive Leadership Development track. Speakers included: Metlife Senior Vice President & Associate General Counsel Sheila Murphy, Philip Morris International Assistant General Counsel Judith Hargrave and The Scoular Company Senior Vice President & General Counsel Megan Belcher.

Hinger and the panelists provided insight in how to build and drive a women’s initiative, including resource groups and coaching & mentoring initiatives. Discussion included a debate on the merits of ‘open groups’ vs ‘closed groups,’ and expanded to cover the concept of sponsorship and its key influence on career trajectory.  Other discussion points included:

  • The framework for launching or expanding a women’s initiative to make a real impact on career objectives;
  • Spearheading leadership of the initiative: what to consider, how to govern;
  • Analysis of core requirements to ensure success and setting the initiative’s goals to work within the corporate culture.

The WIPL Global Forum was held on October 11th-12th in Washington, D.C.  This annual event brings together women in-house and outside counsel to discuss leadership topics, bringing their individual experience and perspectives on issues of cybersecurity and data privacy; corporate leadership; labor and employment; global risk management; intellectual property; litigation; business strategy; and executive leadership development.

Cathy Hinger represents companies in business disputes involving residential and commercial real estate development projects, commercial leasing, multifamily housing, airport retail and concession development, employment discrimination, commercial contracts, business fraud, manufacturing, distribution and franchise, supply chain interruption and gaming regulation. Hinger also has defended clients charged with white collar crimes and has litigated cases involving premises liability, severe property damage, catastrophic injuries, aviation disasters and wrongful death. She practices in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.