BGD's Women’s Forum Builds a Culture of Diversity
The Bingham Greenebaum Doll Women’s Forum facilitates opportunities for women clients, business owners and community leaders. Our focus on serving professional women through community involvement, networking and thought leadership sets us apart in the legal community. The Bingham Greenebaum Doll Women’s Forum emphasizes mentoring, fostering relationships and open communication among our female attorneys, clients and professional colleagues. These are the key elements in creating a culture of success for women.
BGD Women’s Forum Initiatives
The BGD Women’s Forum is designed to bring together a diverse mix of successful women leaders through shared service and professional events. Some of our key initiatives include the following.
Women in Business Symposium Events
The BGD Women’s Forum is pleased to connect our clients and friends with high profile thought leaders to provide insight on topics ranging from economic development to planning for retirement and elder care. Each of our Women in Business events is planned with the needs of professional women in mind. We address the business, financial, or personal issues that affect women in a setting that facilitates making new connections and having fun.
We are proud supporters of the National Association of Women Business Owners. BGD has sponsored NAWBO at the local, state and national levels.
Dress for Success and Support the Girls Donation Drives
The BGD Women’s Forum supports Dress for Success, a non-profit organization that provides clothes, confidence and career development support to women in our community. Our Women’s Forum holds an annual clothing drive to benefit Dress for Success. In 2017, we expanded our annual drive to include Support the Girls, an organization that seeks to support a national clearinghouse that provides guidelines, resources, and support to individuals and organizations benefiting women in need around the country.
Leadership Louisville Center’s Bingham Fellows
BGD Partner and Pro Bono Committee Chair Christie Moore has been selected to participate in the Leadership Louisville Center’s Bingham Fellows Class of 2017. A total of 41 community leaders were selected from a very competitive pool of candidates. The topic for the 2017 Bingham Fellows is “Winning the Talent of the Future.” The class will work to advance Louisville’s ability to develop, retain and attract the talent we need to compete and thrive.
Women Helping Women
Tonya Vachirasomboon serves on the Board of Trustees of Women Helping Women. WHW empowers survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking by providing advocacy, support, and options for safety and educates the community to create social change.
IF Girls Rise
BGD was a proud presenting sponsor of the IF Girls Rise Opening Reception in Louisville this spring. The IF Girls Rise Opening Reception created a fun atmosphere where community leaders and allies came together to show their support for local young women. The evening of networking, fun, and education showcased the knowledge that Louisville Girls Leadership participants have gained over the year and previewed the discussions that will be held at Girls IdeaFestival. BGD attorney Bailey Roese is the President of the Board of Louisville Girls Leadership.
The Well of Lexington, Inc.
The Well of Lexington, Inc. has given special thanks to our Women’s Forum for putting the non-profit’s fundraising efforts over the top at the end of 2016. BGD Partner Anne Chesnut currently serves on the board of The Well.
The Well of Lexington is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization committed to helping women live free from sexual exploitation, addiction and homelessness. They provide a two-year residential program of recovery and renewal for women who have survived sex trafficking or prostitution, and most often also suffer from substance abuse, and want a safe and healing environment in which to rest, recover, and create new and healthier lives for themselves.
Junior League of Indianapolis’ Annual Holiday Mart
Our Women’s Forum has been a long-time supporter and sponsor of the Junior League of Indianapolis since the Forum’s establishment in 2008. We proudly host a client celebration in conjunction with JLI’s annual Holiday Mart Shopper’s Eve. The JLI Holiday Mart is one of the largest shows in the Midwest.
Women in Leadership Symposium
We hosted the National Diversity Council’s 3rd Annual Women in Leadership Symposium on June 8, 2016. BGD Partner Janet Jakubowicz presented the “Stop Networking and Start Making Connections” session. This annual event supports a diverse mix of successful women leaders.
Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Julianna Plawecki serves on the Board of Directors of the Indiana Coalition Against Violence and is a former president of the Board. The ICADV supports shelters throughout the state of Indiana and works to eliminate domestic violence through the implementation of prevention programs and public awareness in communities and schools, advocacy for system and societal change, and the influencing of public policy and the allocation of resources.
Excellence in Mentoring Program
In 2016, our Women’s Forum created a special program, Excellence in Mentoring, which involved associates nominating firm lawyers for their excellence in coaching and mentoring. Our management board then recognized the honorees at an awards ceremony at our BGD retreat. The Women’s Forum recognized a number of firm lawyers, including Mark Grundy, Lauren Nichols, Karl Mulvaney, Sue Beesley, Carl Hayes and Christie Moore for their excellent mentoring abilities and two lawyers – Christie Moore and Carl Hayes, were lauded as outstanding.
To learn more about the BGD Women’s Forum, please contact us.