Two Sidley women lawyers were honored at the Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards: USA 2019 ceremony. Held on June 6 in San Francisco, the Chambers awards celebrate the “firms and individuals who are furthering the advancement of diversity and inclusion in the U.S.”
Wandaly Fernandez, associate in Washington, D.C., received the Future Leader – Minority Lawyers award that recognizes an associate or senior associate who is leading the way in their commitment to minorities’ diversity and inclusion. A champion for Latinx and lawyers of color, Wandaly conceived, developed and launched the Hispanic Bar Association of D.C.-Sidley Fellowship to help increase the number of diverse 2Ls at the firm. She is also co-chair of the firm’s Associates Diversity Committee, which supports networking and educational programs for diverse lawyers, and serves as a mentor for law students as part of Sidley’s Summer Committee.
Century City associate Emily Zipperstein received a “highly commended” mention in the award category for Future Leader – Gender Diversity. Emily is dedicated to advancing women in the legal profession. As one of only two associates on the firm’s Committee on Retention and Promotion of Women, she has supported a number of mentoring and networking events for junior women lawyers. She has also led initiatives to address the specific needs of women lawyers in the M&A practice.
Sidley and its lawyers were also short-listed for a number of other Chambers diversity and inclusion award categories, including:
- Associate Heath Ingram (New York): Future Leader – LGBT+ Lawyers
- Partner Heidi Levine (New York): Gender Diversity Lawyer of the Year
- Partner Karen Popp (Washington, D.C.): Outstanding Contribution to Furthering the Advancement of Diversity in the Legal Profession
- Sidley: Outstanding Firm for Furthering Diversity & Inclusion
Sidley sponsored a diversity seminar with Chambers in conjunction with the awards ceremony. The “Diversity, Inclusion, Innovation and Tech: Exploring the Present and Future Workplace” seminar featured a panel discussion on inclusive leadership, intersectionality and diversity programs, implementing bias interrupters and the impact of institutional investors on diversity and inclusion initiatives. San Francisco partners Scott Nonaka and Anna Remis both spoke at the seminar. Scott provided welcome remarks and Anna participated on the panel, which included representatives from Turo, Salesforce, Diversity Lab and eBay.