Dear Jane: I Dislike Women's Events. Do I Have to Go?

by 352admin 28. February 2013 13:23

Dear Jane,

The firm is hosting a women’s event.  I have no interest in going, but I’m getting pressure from a partner in my group to go.  What should I do?

Signed,

Don’t Like Girls’ Events

 

Dear Don’t Like Girls’ Events,

There is no upside to taking a vocal position on women’s events given that at least one partner thinks it is a good idea.  Your best choice is to do some due diligence on who will attend, create a personal game plan for the event (i.e., who do you want to meet and what do you want) and go armed to implement the game plan.  If you are not going to invest the time to do your homework, spend your time on a “client emergency” instead.

Jane DiRenzo Pigott is the managing director of R3 Group LLC, specializing in working with professional service organizations on leadership and change in connection with diversity and inclusion. Before founding R3 Group, she practiced law for more than two decades at large law firms where she chaired a practice group, served on the executive management and compensation committees, and founded and ran diversity initiatives and affinity groups.

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