Joyce Wang partners with two attorneys to launch “FDCC Ladder Down San Francisco/Bay Area”

Carlson, Calladine & Peterson Partner Joyce Wang has successfully launched the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) sponsored program known as “Ladder Down” in San Francisco. Partnering with fellow attorneys Linda Moroney of Gordon Rees and Michele Ballard Miller of The Miller Law Group, Joyce and her colleagues have led the efforts and successfully launched this preeminent professional development program for women attorneys who practice in the San Francisco/Bay Area.  Twenty-four San Francisco women attorneys have joined Ladder Down and committed to this year-long program that provides direct training and career development through a combination of experienced coaches/faculty, sponsors, attorneys and judges in the San Francisco community. The goal is to empower women lawyers in three critical areas: leadership, business development and mentoring.

Ladder Down began as a grassroots effort in Arizona and has become the premier business development/leadership program for women attorneys in the Phoenix area boasting more than 100 program graduates. The feedback on the program has been extremely positive. Participants report increased client relationships, improved self-confidence, promotions to partnership, greater community involvement, more frequent opportunities for speaking and publishing, and an enhanced referral network. The program is open to women from all practice areas and experience levels, including in-house lawyers, government lawyers, and lawyers in private practice. Though it is sponsored by the FDCC, it is not limited to members of the FDCC.

As Co-Chairs of Ladder Down San Francisco/Bay Area, Wang, Miller and Moroney worked closely with the program’s founders, Arizona Attorneys’ Alison Christian and Beth Fitch, to model the San Francisco/Bay Area program after the Phoenix, Arizona program which began in 2012.

The San Francisco/Bay Area program began hosting monthly sessions in January 2017.  Ladder Down San Francisco/Bay Area, which is limited to 24 lawyers per year, filled up quickly. This limited number cultivates the hands-on training and fosters the networking aspects that are so vital to the Ladder Down model. For more information on Ladder Down San Francisco/Bay Area, to register for next year or to learn how to support this important program, please click here.