As a member of the Board of Directors for the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Alison is responsible for planning monthly CLE luncheons. She invited Beth to present on the topic of the DRI article, and a lunch meeting to discuss the presentation evolved into a conversation about what more could be done to help women attorneys obtain leadership roles within their firms.
The problem had been identified in the legal community, but little had been done to resolve it. Beth and Alison came up with an answer – create a program to empower women in business development, leadership, and mentoring. Their desire to change the course for women lawyers and create a lasting legacy led to the development of the inaugural Ladder Down program, which formally launched in January 2013 with the help of the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel.
During the program’s first year, the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel was awarded the 2013 DRI Diversity Award. The DRI award recognizes the state and local defense organization that has demonstrated a significant commitment to diversity. It was an honor to receive such prestigious national recognition for our grass-roots program and the DRI award inspired other organizations across the country to introduce Ladder Down programs of their own.