Conner & Winters celebrates and supports women in the legal profession through Connecting Women, a forum that focuses on matters uniquely relevant to women. Through formal and informal programs, Connecting Women fosters connectivity and creates venues for enhanced mentoring, leadership, professional development, and networking opportunities for the firm’s women attorneys and paralegals. This initiative is multifaceted. Internally, we devote resources to assisting our professional women in advancing their careers while balancing family and community responsibilities. Externally, we concentrate on involvement with other professional women and with our communities. Connecting Women demonstrates Conner & Winters’ strong commitment to career and personal development for women professionals, and ensures that we will continue to be a regional leader in securing and enhancing professional opportunities for women in the future.
Connecting With the Firm
Conner & Winters has been quite successful in recruiting, retaining, and advancing talented women professionals. In addition to constituting a substantial percentage of the firm overall, our women hold leadership positions within the firm and participate in firm management, including serving on the Executive Committee and the Compensation Committee, acting as practice group leaders and serving as committee chairs and committee members. In addition, our women exchange information, discuss topics of mutual interest, and share concerns through formal and informal mentoring and through relaxed social gatherings.
Connecting With the Legal Profession
Conner & Winters understands that each professional woman faces a challenge in achieving balance between her legal practice and her non-professional life. In addition to routine continuing legal education on substantive law matters, the firm provides opportunities for education specifically directed at female practitioners on subjects such as work-life balance and marketing from a women’s prospective. Connecting Women and our other firm initiatives have helped our women attorneys to achieve professional success. Our women attorneys have recently been recognized for their commitment to excellence in the law in the following ways:
- Best Lawyers in America for Health Care Law since 1992
- Oklahoma SuperLawyers Top 25 Women in Oklahoma, 2006-2007
- Golden Quill Award
- The Journal Record’s 2008 Class of Achievers Under 40
- Friend of Children Award from Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy
- Attorney of the Year Award by Oklahoma CASA
- Golden Rule Award
- Alma Wilson Award
- Mona Salyer Lambird Spotlight Award from OBA Women in Law Committee
- Torchbearer for Women in the Law from TCBA
- Outstanding Junior Alumna University of Tulsa College of Law
Connecting With Other Women
Designed in part to create unique client development opportunities for women attorneys, Connecting Women has successfully hosted quarterly social events for regional women business leaders and professionals. These events provide a vehicle for networking opportunities and also facilitate the exchange of ideas among women both inside and outside the legal arena.
Connecting With the Community
Connecting Women is also committed to community outreach and service. A recent event with a charitable component, “Put Your Best Foot Forward,” was an evening of shoe shopping and socializing, with the core purpose of raising funds for Tulsa Lawyers for Children (TLC). TLC is a non-profit organization assisting and supporting lawyers who provide pro bono legal representation to abused and neglected children in Tulsa County.
Through Connecting Women, Conner & Winters also supports a number of other philanthropic efforts. For example, the firm is a proud co-sponsor of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign. Click here to learn more about Go Red for Women. Additionally, our attorneys and paralegals are involved in nearly 50 different non-profit, philanthropic, or community-based organizations. Click here for a partial list of our community involvement.