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Women in Law: Latin America 2022

In this GC magazine special edition, in partnership with Willkie, Farr & Gallagher LLP, we focus on profiling a group of trailblazing women in-house counsel across Latin America – women who have, in the face of quite significant challenges, broken through barriers and glass ceilings, and are paving the way for others to follow.

In-House Technology in North America

In association with WSG, GC surveyed leading general counsel from across the US and Canada, examining the influence that technology continues to have on legal practice, especially during the last two years that have seen the legal profession impacted by technology more than any other period in history.

GC Magazine, in association with Latham & Watkins, looks at the concerns and risks GCs around the world have identified as emerging threats in this evolving regulatory climate.

In-House Technology in Asia Pacific

GC magazine teamed up WSG to survey over 100 of Asia Pacific’s leading general counsel, asking them about everything from the impact of Covid-19 on the legal team’s efficiency to their use of AI, how they find the right software (and the money to buy it), and their expectations of outside counsel when it comes to technology.

Women in Law: Latin America

In this GC magazine special edition, in partnership with Willkie, Farr & Gallagher LLP, we focus on profiling a group of trailblazing women in-house counsel across Latin America – women who have, in the face of quite significant challenges, broken through barriers and glass ceilings, and are paving the way for others to follow.

Their Voices

GC's latest collaboration with Clifford Chance, Their Voices: Insights from Today’s Rising Lawyers, chronicles the journeys and stories of a selection of the next generation of lawyers, revealing that the stereotypical, well-trodden pathway to law is far from the sole entry point to the profession.

Advice To My Younger Self: Reflections of Successful Women Lawyers

In Advice To My Younger Self: Reflections of Successful Women Lawyers, GC Magazine team worked with Clifford Chance to profile the professional journeys of some of its female partners and associates around the world, highlighting the diversity of pathways to success as a woman in law, and also to share practical learnings and tips

To help us understand just how the Covid-19 pandemic impacted businesses in the region, we spoke to over 100 of Latin America’s leading GCs regarding how their organisations adjusted to life during lockdown, what impact the situation had on the legal team’s ability to perform its day-to-day role, and which areas of their businesses’ operations were likely to be hit hardest.

GC on Tour

In our GC on Tour blog, we showcase the stories of counsel we encounter on our travels, sharing a snapshot of what life as a lawyer entails

GC + Finnegan: Trusted Advisor – Women in Leadership

Interviews

Ana Paula de Almeida Santos, Former head of legal and senior director, Rock Content, Brazil

I’m going to try to say this as simply as possible: we have more women in the world, and women live longer. We have a group of people living longer without the financial resources to live well. If you consider that women don’t have a way to pursue a profession or financial independence, that economic …

Estefania Molina Ungar, general counsel, Addi

I think we are starting to see some first steps towards real change in terms of greater diversity and inclusion. But there is still a long way to go. Most of these discussions (maybe with the exception of that around gender diversity, which is a conversation that has been going on for a while, with …

Camila Barbosa, General counsel and inclusion and diversity leader, GE Healthcare LATAM

Inclusion and diversity are gaining space in the corporate world. But the journey is long and requires not only speed, but resilience and intentionality. In Latin America, it is important to consider that the reality in Brazil is different than Mexico, Chile, Argentina… and even within the same country, it’s not the same. This plurality …

Martha Elena Ruiz Diaz-Granados, general secretary and legal director, Telefónica Hispanoamérica

During the last few years, awareness of diversity and inclusion has gained relevance in the business world, and organizations that promote gender equity and diversity are more positively accepted by society. In Latin America, we have been advancing that line and there is an evident increase in the participation and the commitment of chief executives …

Mariana Olivares, Director of legal and corporate affairs, Sodexo Peru

When I joined Sodexo 11 years ago, diversity and inclusion was part of the DNA of the company even then, but not in the same way that we work now. Ten years ago, these topics weren’t part of the board of directors or the leaders of the company. Nowadays, I think it’s not acceptable if …

Pedro Frade, legal director, Nubank

Diversity and inclusion is near and dear to me, because I am part of the LGBTQIA+ community. I didn’t come out of the closet because I was never in there, and although I was very private in the early years of my career, I never tried to be someone that I wasn’t. However, in the …

Carolina De Nardi, chief counsel – Latin America, Zoetis Inc

Making waves At Zoetis, we have an internal Colleague Resource Group (CRG) called WAVES – Women Achieving Vision, Excellence and Success. I am a board member of this group, and the idea is to empower women inside the company for leadership positions and create awareness of women and our roles. We have a female CEO, …

Sheila La Serna, chief legal officer, Profuturo AFP

The legal profession presents some challenges and opportunities for diversity and inclusion, since we have a special purpose: to attain justice and societal peace for the world. Maybe this is very idealistic, but in a world where conflict is commonplace, we need a lawyer profile. The corporate lawyer should be concerned about having a more …

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