Jackson Walker has long prioritized the recruitment, retention, and development of our women attorneys.
Over a decade ago, we launched the Jackson Walker Women (JW2) initiative to attract, retain, and promote women professionals. Through its programs, JW2 creates opportunities for women attorneys to develop their professional skills while supporting women in their efforts to balance work and family responsibilities. The initiative also provides a platform for women attorneys to generate business and pursue positions in leadership.
Advancing and Supporting Jackson Walker Women (JW2)
We are dedicated to contributing resources to maximize the opportunities for women to succeed. Through sponsoring community programs, speaking engagements, and networking events, Jackson Walker encourages women attorneys to better their communities and close the gender gap within the legal industry and the business world as a whole.
Women in the Know
Championing Our Maternity Leave Program
Jackson Walker's generous Maternity Leave Program supports expectant mothers from pregnancy through their return to practice. Female partner mentors work with attorneys, practice group leaders, and practice mentors to ensure smooth transitions, whether utilizing traditional or alternative work schedules. Taking maternity leave doesn't delay the partnership track.
"I was a working mother with young children, and I was the first attorney to make partner while on the alternative work schedule program."
– Ginger Webber | Partner, Fort Worth
JW2 Lunches & Happy Hours
In 2018, the JW2 program facilitated almost 20 happy hours and events throughout the year to connect women with colleagues, mentors, clients, and the community.
"With JW2, it's nice to know that we're able to get together and just enjoy community and friendship." – Suzan Kedron | Partner, Dallas
“My vision for JW2 is to help the women attorneys of Jackson Walker achieve their potential, whatever that may be.
We want to support our women in any way we can – through internal programming, mentorship, business development training, and building connections in our communities.It’s my goal for JW2 to empower the women of Jackson Walker to succeed in their professional and personal endeavors.”
Michelle Moore Smith | Partner, Austin
JW2 Committee Chair
Meet April & Joan
Houston partner April Vasquez Leibman and Dallas of counsel Joan Sostek serve on Jackson Walker's Diversity Committee, and they're both involved in CREW, the network for Commercial Real Estate Women.
CREW brings together women involved in commercial real estate to help them succeed professionally. Joan has been involved in CREW Dallas and has served as co-chair of the Texas Regional CREW Conference. April is a member of CREW Houston, which is the leading organization for women real estate executives in Houston.