A conversation with Lisa Taylor Ash

I had a great conversation with Lisa Taylor Ash about what it takes to succeed as in-house counsel. Her new website, is a MUST read for anyone starting their first in-house role or thinking about moving in-house. If you like being a business person who relies on their legal expertise, then in-house may be the way to more…

So Honored to be Receiving the Inspiration Award from the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law

A dear friend and former participant in the WOMN Chicago Chapter 12 Month Mentoring Program, Stephanie Jones, Co-Managing Partner of the Chicago office of Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, nominated us to receive the Inspiration Award from the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law. The recognition is wonderful and wouldn’t be possible, or deserved, without the more…

Marla on #BadassWomenPodcast

Excited to have been interviewed by Bonnie Marcus for her podcast. #BadassWomenPodcast for her #NotDoneYetSeries! We discussed diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, ageism in the workplace, and the importance of female role models to help each other succeed. Listen to the full episode here:


We Must End the Carnage

By Sheila Murphy and Marla Persky The recent massacre in Atlanta that resulted in the killing of eight people, six of whom were Asian American women, is the latest episode of hate, misogyny and racism in our county. We must not become inured to the violence and murder.  One of America’s strengths stems from our more…

It Has Been A Long Time Coming

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Leading During Uncertain Times

Sheila Murphy

On Oct. 12, Sheila Murphy spoke at the Association of Corporate Counsel Webinar on “Leading through Uncertainty and Change.” She focused on how extraordinary leaders at all levels, help their teams and organizations live and adapt to uncertainty, and embrace ever-morphing change and create a vision for a better future. This session taught the necessary more…

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Go Peacefully Fine Warrior

By Marla Persky & Tracy O’Flaherty There have been innumerable fine legal scholars, strong female role models, and agents of change; however, finding all these qualities in one person is rare, but find them we did in the 100 pound dynamo, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  We at WOMN are in deep mourning for the country’s, the more…


WOMN Participants Honored on 40 & Under Hot List

By Sheila Murphy We at WOMN are fortunate to work with the best and the brightest talent. It is gratifying to have that fact recognized by others. We are pleased to announce that Benchmark Litigation named a number of our participants, past and present, to its 40 & Under Hot List which recognizes “the top more…


CEOs Want More Strategic Advice From Their General Counsel

An article I co-wrote has been published by Bloomberg.  The article discusses an eye opening survey conducted by BarkerGilmore and the Chief Executive Group that highlights the disconnect between what CEO’s want from their General Counsel and what they receive.  Four out of five CEOs want their general counsel to be a strategic business partner more…


Coming Together for Change

By Marla Persky, Debbie Holzman, Tracy O’Flaherty and Sheila Murphy We watched in horror the death of George Floyd and other members of our community.  Mr. Floyd’s murder is only the most recent example of generations of previous abuses and racism – particularly impactful because it (like the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery and many others) more…