's Women’s Global Collaborative (WGC) hosted a firmwide event featuring a keynote address by author and consultant Ida Abbott on February 5. Abbott participated in a Q&A discussion on the importance of sponsorship within firms in career advancement. She discussed how lawyers must learn to advocate for themselves in the workplace, the difference between a mentor and a sponsor, and how leaders should seek potential talent in the firm and nurture it. Abbott also urged professionals to push past their limitations and take risks. Abbott has been helping employers develop, manage, and retain legal talent since 1995 and is the author of "Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know."
Edwards Wildman's WGC provides career development coaching for the firm's women attorneys, emphasizing both marketing and communications skills, including strategies for increasing one’s visibility in the community and developing a thriving network. Numerous leadership opportunities are available, regionally and nationally, through various bar associations and other leading women’s organizations. Edwards Wildman is involved in women’s networks, and the firm's women attorneys are leaders in organizations committed to the advancement of women throughout the world. The firm encourage its attorneys to join these and other professional, public service and volunteer organizations that not only provide benefits to the attorneys involved but, in turn provide valuable resources for the firm's women clients. The WGC regularly hosts educational seminars and networking events for the firm's attorneys and clients in many of the firm’s locations.