Legal department leaders should provide business training to
foster growth opportunities for diverse lawyers. BY LAURIE N. ROBINSON
Last year, Corporate Counsel Women of Color (CCWC) released its seminal study, “The Perspectives
of Women of Color Attorneys in Corporate Legal Departments,” which revealed important data
about the work experience of female attorneys. The study, designed by the Center for Creative
Leadership, measured 14 components, including perceptions about organizational climate for
diversity and inclusion, promotional opportunities, as well as future career aspirations, to name
a few. ¶ On the component of future career aspirations, the majority of respondents set high goals
for themselves. They aimed to become
division general counsel or chief legal offi-
cers. One-third of respondents said they
aspire to head a business unit.
LAURIE;N.;ROBINSON; is senior vice president and assistant general counsel at CBS
Corp. and founder and CEO of Corporate
Counsel Women of Color.