Women's Impact Network for Success
Developing Opportunities for Women in the Legal Profession
The Duane Morris Women's Impact Network for Success is devoted to the success of our women attorneys within the firm and in the industry. Through various programs, we exchange ideas, foster and expand business contacts and opportunities, and enhance attorney development to fully realize the talent, knowledge and potential of our women attorneys.
Awards & Accolades
Duane Morris is one of the Yale Law Women’s 2015 Top Ten Family Friendly Firms and is consistently ranked as one of the 50 Best Law Firms for Women by Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers, based on the firm’s family-friendly policies and business development initiatives that retain women and advance them into the leadership pipeline. The firm is included on The American Lawyer’s Women Partner Watch Honor Roll, and in 2014 it recognized Duane Morris as one of only 20 law firms among the AmLaw 200 whose new partner classes were at least 30 percent women in each of the previous three years. The Philadelphia Business Journal/Forum of Executive Women chose Duane Morris as the global company recipient of the 2015 Advancing Women Company Award and the Career Contessa website listed Duane Morris as one of the top five companies in Philadelphia with best perks for women based on the firm’s promotion of career growth and family. Crain’s Chicago Business named Duane Morris a 2016 “Best Place to Work for Women Over 35.” In addition, for the fifth year in a row, Duane Morris has been listed on the Honor Roll of Legal Organizations Welcoming Women Professionals by the Pennsylvania Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession. Duane Morris’s mentoring and networking programs for women attorneys have also been cited by Law360, Women 3.0 magazine, Philadelphia magazine and others.
Many of our attorneys have also been honored, including:
Partner Carla Murphy, of the firm’s Baltimore office, has been named one of Maryland’s 2015 50 Leading Women by The Daily Record. The Leading Women program identifies women age 40 or younger who are accomplished professionally, involved in the community and committed to inspiring change. Murphy, an employment lawyer, is also president of The Arc Baltimore, which provides support for adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Last year, Murphy received the Volunteer Service Award on behalf of The Arc Baltimore. In 2014, Murphy was named Very Important Professional (“VIP”) Under 40 by The Daily Record.
Sandra Jeskie, a partner in the Philadelphia office, has been named a Woman of Distinction by the Philadelphia Business Journal. The Women of Distinction Awards honor the region’s most influential businesswomen in a variety of industries, from entrepreneurs to high-ranking executives and influential attorneys. Ms. Jeskie, leader of the firm's Information Technologies and Telecom group, chair of the Duane Morris Women's Impact Network for Success (WINS) and a member of the firm's Partners Board, was recognized as a 2014 Client Service All-Star MVP in BTI Consulting Group's annual polling of in-house counsel, being one of only 15 attorneys nationwide so honored for the past three consecutive years. Sandy was also named one of just 43 "Best-of-the-Best Attorneys" and "Cream of the Crop Litigators" by Law360 in 2013. She previously served as president of the International Technology Law Association and, was named one of the 2012 Most Powerful and Influential Women of Pennsylvania by the National Diversity Council.
Duane Morris Partner Dominica Anderson, of the firm’s Las Vegas office, has received the 2015 Cheryl Bryson Leadership Award from the Duane Morris Women’s Impact Network for Success (WINS). The Cheryl Bryson Leadership Award is given to female attorney leaders who have made significant contributions to the professional development and advancement of women lawyers. The award is named for the late Cheryl Blackwell Bryson, a Duane Morris partner in Chicago who died in January 2012 after a long battle with cancer. Bryson was a leader in many significant civic and community causes, and she was repeatedly honored throughout her career as a major pioneer, both as a female lawyer and as a lawyer of color. Ms. Anderson focuses on insurance and commercial litigation and is a member of the firm’s governing Partners Board. Dominica is vice-chair of the Duane Morris WINS Steering Committee and previously received the Virginia S. Mueller Outstanding Member Award from The National Association of Women Lawyers.
Duane Morris associate Carolyn Alenci, of the firm’s Boston office, has recently received the 2015 Margery Reed Professional Excellence Award from the Duane Morris Women’s Impact Network for Success (WINS). This award recognizes contributions made towards creating, modeling and mentoring others in regards to work-life management issues. Ms. Alenci focuses her practice in the areas of intellectual property litigation, concentrating on the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Carolyn serves on the Drugs and Biologics Committee for the Food and Drug Law Institute and is also a member of the Women’s Bar Association.
WINS Steering Committee