In honor of Women's History Month, Laura Keidan Martin, national chair of the Women's Leadership Forum and member of the firm's Board of Directors and Executive Committee, shared her thoughts on leadership, gender parity and equity in the legal industry with The Glass Hammer. Laura notes that women at Katten are "making a mark," but there is much more work to be done as an industry. She stated, "Women leaders are integral to the success of empowering all women at all stages of their careers. And that's why Katten's female leaders are so vested in the development and implementation of programs and policies that help women reach their professional goals. We believe that women's upfront involvement is critical to getting these initiatives right and vital to our success." Building on that, Laura echoed a statement from partner and fellow Board of Directors and Executive Committee member, Nadira Clarke, "Women leaders can impact how women get business, how they are compensated, whether or not their work is recognized, or whether or not they get promoted." She closed, "This Women's History Month, let's celebrate the affirmative impact of women in the legal profession and renew our commitment to diversity, innovation and greater gender-balance in the workplace. We all have a role to play, to lean in, lead the way and be the change agents. Our careers, businesses and society will be stronger for it."

Read Laura's The Glass Hammer article, "International Women's Day Offers an Opportunity to Reflect on the Importance of Women Leaders," here.