Women in Business Law Initiative

Since its inception in 2016, the Women in Business Law Initiative has offered best-in-class career development, mentorship, and networking programs to help students and professionals excel both in their lives and in their careers. Through meetings, conferences, forums, and tailored programs—such as our established mentorship program—we connect students of all gender identities to a rich network of attorneys at firms, in industry, and in government.

Although companies with higher levels of diversity, including gender equity, report higher returns, issues around equity and inclusion persist. As of December 2020, just 41 women were slated to be CEOs of Fortune 500 companies in Q1 2021 — that’s just 8.3%. Not surprisingly, this lack of representation in corporate governance is pervasive in the legal world as well.


Delia Violante | Director | dviolante@law.berkeley.edu