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Want to learn how your organization can better advance women and promote diversity today? Come learn from the experts!

The Cutting Edge Workshop is an intimate program where participants work closely with experts and engage in interactive peer-to-peer problem solving. We’ll take a deep dive into two topics with the goal of helping participants focus, engage, and leave with clear, actionable strategies for change.

This conference is part of the Women’s Leadership Edge membership program where we make cutting edge research available exclusively to members. Topics will be chosen based on member interest - please take a moment to vote for your favorites here.

When & Where

Wednesday October 23, 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Thursday October 24, 9:00am – 5:30pm

Pre-workshop dinner
San Francisco TBA

San Francisco TBA

Who Should Attend

Participation is invitation only for WLE members and their guests; ideal for leaders and change-agents leading efforts around diversity, equity and inclusion.

Examples include: heads of diversity or women’s initiatives, HR and/or D&I professionals, leaders actively involved in sponsoring D&I programs, etc.


Free! Each WLE member organization can send up to 3 attendees, as well as 1 additional guest from a non-member org (up to 4 attendees total).

Program Testimonials

“Excellent. One of the best conferences I have ever attended.”
“I go to a million conferences, and this is hands-down the most useful, practical conference I’ve attended."
“All of the speakers were fantastic.”
“Awesome – thank you so much for the opportunity.”

Topics & Agenda

We will spend the day taking a deep dive into two topics led by experts. We're planning content based on member interests, so let us know what topics you're most interested in exploring here.

Potential topics include:

  • Work as a Masculinity Contest
    • Does a subgroup of white men dominate your firm? Is bro-culture hindering your diversity and inclusion goals, and can we do anything about it? Some examples of this climate include the pressure or expectation to put work first, the idea of working all hours to demonstrate strength and stamina, or the feeling of work as a dog-eat-dog, zero sum game with room for only a few at the top.
  • How to Build a Truly Effective Women’s Initiative (For Real)
  • Keeping Diversity Metrics While Controlling for Legal Risks
  • Tug of War: Examining Conflicts Among Women or PoCs and What to Do About it
  • Bias Interrupter for Managers Toolkit
    • As described in the forthcoming HBR article, we’ll discuss teaching your managers concrete, individual bias interrupters that they can start using tomorrow.
  • Organizational Interrupters: Start Here
    • People often ask us “I want to implement some organizational changes – where should I start?” In this session, we’ll break down how to start implementing Bias interrupters at an organizational level, including identifying whether you might have underlying problems in areas like hiring, performance evals, assignments and the like, and how to begin correcting for them now.

Vote for Topics

Session times are subject to change  |  Exact Locations  TBA

Wednesday, October 23rd 
5:30p             Dinner | ends at 8:00p
Thursday, October 24th
9:00a Breakfast
9:30 Morning Program
1:00p Lunch
2:00 Afternoon Program
5:30 Adjourn

Frequently Asked Questions

The Cutting Edge Workshop is an initiative of the Center for WorkLife Law, an organization known for groundbreaking research on women and the workplace, and over 20 years of experience leading innovative programs for advancing women leaders. Given this extensive expertise, the workshop provides unique advantages, including:

  • Cutting-edge, research-based content;
  • Practical evidence-based tools for organizational change;
  • An emphasis on peer-to-peer interaction and leaving with immediately actionable tools;
  • Opportunities to connect with the leading experts on issues of women’s leadership, work/life balance, and gender equity at work and at home; and
  • Networking with other business leaders and professionals who are committed to women’s leadership
This is an intimate workshop exclusive to Women's Leadership Edge members. We strictly limit the number of participants to ensure a highly-interactive program with ample opportunities for one-on-one coaching and valuable network-building between participants. We expect about 20-30 participants, but WLE members may participate as follows:

Each WLE member organization can send up to 3 attendees, as well as 1 additional guest from a non-member org (up to 4 attendees total).

We're making a block of rooms available to participants at a discount at a nearby hotel. Details forthcoming; rooms will be limited and we encourage participants to stay where they are most comfortable.

Please note that, due to some unforeseen construction delays, we are currently confirming the final conference location which will either be in the Civic Center or Nob Hill area.

Maintaining an up-to-date understanding of who will be attending is very helpful for us and other participants, so please keep us abreast of any changes. All cancellation and participant substitution requests must be made in writing and sent via email to Participant substitutions may be made at any time at the election of the organization.

No. The workshop programming is designed for women and men in both law firms and corporations, including non-legal roles and departments.

Yes! We strongly encourage men to fully participate. The content is ideal for men who are sponsors, mentors, professional development directors, and organizational leaders who want to learn how to better support, retain, and advance women.

The Workshop is an invitation-only, Women's Leadership Edge member exclusive. However, members have the option of inviting one participant from a non-member organization.

Women represent a vital talent pool for companies. Organizations benefit when women apply their talents as leaders, serve as mentors and role models crucial for attracting and retaining junior women in the organization, and provide the diversity that the marketplace increasingly demands. The Cutting Edge Workshop provides the latest research and innovative, practical strategies and tools to help your organization better retain, support, and advance women and diverse talent from within.

In addition to helping your organization meet its women’s leadership goals and effectively support diverse talent, the conference also provides valuable training for individual attendees by preparing participants to assume greater leadership responsibilities, increase their value to and their visibility within their organization by elevating the status of women’s/diversity initiatives, and leverage their abilities and talents more strategically for positive business results.

Potential Sponsors

Interested in supporting women’s leadership? Sponsor the Cutting Edge Workshop!

There are two levels of sponsorship – lead program sponsor ($10K) and supporting sponsor ($5K).

Sponsorship benefits include:

  • Tickets to the workshop for anyone the sponsor wants to invite (i.e. sponsor's employees, clients, etc.) – ten (10) tickets for lead sponsor, five (5) for supporting sponsors;
  • Two (2) invitations to VIP dinner on Wednesday October 23;
  • Listing of company prominently onpre-event publicity (with sponsor's logo and link to sponsor's website) on WorkLife Law's website, in program mailers, and in program materials distributed to attendees;
  • Pre- and post-workshop social media mentions (reaching an audience of 5,000+ individuals);
  • Verbal recognition twice during workshop; and
  • Space to display sponsor'ssignage and promotional materials at buffet, reception, and lecture areas that will be visible throughout program.

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