Sara Brody (San Francisco), co-leader of the firm’s Securities and Shareholder Litigation practice group and head of the Northern California litigation practice, participated in the 2018 Diversity in Law Hackathon held at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law on November 2. Her team, the Gap Busters, took second place for their initiative to improve the sponsorship program model at law firms and in legal departments. This is a repeat win for a Sidley team. In 2016, Maja Eaton (Chicago) was a member of the team that also won second place at the inaugural Diversity in Law Hackathon.
Created by Diversity Lab in partnership with Bloomberg Law, the Hackathon brings together law students, law firm partners and legal department leaders to develop innovative ideas to address the most challenging diversity and inclusion issues facing the legal profession. After working together for four months, each team pitched its “hack” in person to a panel of judges during a “Shark Tank”-style competition. Diversity Lab will develop and pilot the winning ideas in conjunction with the participating Hackathon organizations.
Sara and her teammates pitched the Sponsorship 2.0 initiative, which disrupts traditional sponsorship programs by improving the selection and matching of sponsors and protégés, increasing the engagement level of participants, implementing accountability and success metrics and rewarding successful participants, including creating a community/network of post-program protégés.
Sara Brody and her teammates, the Gap Busters, won second place at the 2018 Diversity in Law Hackathon. From left: Asker Saeed, Fried Frank; Patrick Woolley, Polsinelli; Althea Brown, Google; Angela Markle, PayPal; Sara Brody, Sidley Austin; Bianca Serrato, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law class of 2018 and associate at Mayer Brown; and Andrew Kassner, Drinker Biddle & Reath.