About Ladder Down
Ladder Down is a year-long program that provides direct training and career development through a combination of coaches, sponsors, and participants to empower women lawyers in three critical areas: leadership, business development, and mentoring. Class size is limited to 24.
The Ladder Down program is unique in both structure and content and includes monthly large group sessions dedicated to instruction in three key areas: leadership, business development, and mentoring. In addition to the monthly large group meetings, the participants meet with small accountability groups to report on their progress and set new goals. The sessions are taught by esteemed faculty and rounded out with local panel discussions on topics such as "Wisdom From the Bench", " A Candid Conversation with Corporate Decisionmakers", and "What Men Really Think."
The Ladder Down program started as a grassroots effort and has enjoyed four years of success in Phoenix, Arizona with over 100 program graduates. Participants in the program report increased client relationships, improved self-confidence, promotions to partnership, greater community involvement, more frequent opportunities for speaking and publishing, and an enhanced referral network. In 2013, the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel was awarded the DRI Diversity Award for its support of the Ladder Down program. Alison and Beth are ready to expand the Ladder Down program's reach to women lawyers across the country through the help of the FDCC Foundation!
Now, FDCC members Joyce Wang, Linda Moroney, and Michele Miller are bringing the Ladder Down Program to San Francisco. Ladder Down is a year long commitment, see the program schedule for dates of the sessions. The principles of Ladder Down benefit women in all practice ares, including government attorneys and in-house counsel. The program's primary objective is to develop leadership skills and self-determination in order to help women lawyers advance in their careers.
JOYCE C. WANG
CARLSON, CALLADINE & PETERSON LLP
353 Sacramento Street, 16th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
Joyce C. Wang of San Francisco, California, is a founding partner in the law firm of Carlson, Calladine & Peterson LLP where she concentrates her practice in commercial litigation. Ms. Wang was recognized in 2012 by San Francisco Magazine as a Top Woman Attorney in Northern California, and in 2013 by Fortune Magazine as a Woman Leader in the Law. Ms. Wang is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley (1982) and Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco (1985). She was named by California Lawyer Magazine as one of the 25 most influential lawyers in the State in 1996.
LINDA M. MORONEY
GORDON & REES LLP
275 Battery Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94070
Linda Moin Moroney has been with Gordon & Rees LLP since 2001. She is the Assistant Managing Partner of its San Francisco office, where the firm originated more than 40 years ago, and she helps lead the firm’s Women’s Initiative, which is committed to providing leadership, inspiration and opportunity for women. Ms. Moroney’s practice is focused on all aspects of employment litigation and counseling, and she enjoys representing clients throughout the country. Ms. Moroney is a graduate, with honors, of New York University (1991) and the University of San Diego, School of Law (1994).
MICHELE BALLARD MILLER
MILLER LAW GROUP
111 Sutter Street, Suite 700
San Francisco, CA 94101
Michele Ballard Miller received her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, in 1982 and her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan in 1978. Ms. Miller worked in “Big Law” until 1998, when she founded Miller Law Group on the principle that women attorneys should have opportunities to own, manage, and engage in an exciting and fast-paced law practice, while maintaining a reasonable balance. Since that date, the Firm has grown into one California’s premier employment law firms, with offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Ms. Miller has been selected as a California "Women Leaders in the Law,” named a "Top Labor & Employment Lawyer in California,” and recognized as a Northern California “Super Lawyer.” In 2011, Ms. Miller was featured in "The Road to Independence: 101 Women's Journeys to Starting Their Own Law Firms," published by the American Bar Association. Michele Miller is widely recognized as a woman leader in the legal profession.
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