I'm entrepreneurial, a self-starter, so Porter Hedges is the perfect place for me. I have the freedom to build relationships inside and outside the firm. Porter Hedges Women's Initiative is another way in which the firm provides visibility, encouragement and helps me grow as a lawyer.
Joyce Kao Soliman
Partner - Banking & Finance
The Porter Hedges Women’s Initiative brings together women attorneys throughout the Firm to exchange ideas, foster and expand business contacts and opportunities, and enhance overall attorney development. The Initiative also serves as a vehicle through which the Firm’s women can connect with the community and other women’s organizations.
The Porter Hedges Women's Initiative is designed around three goals:
- Recruit, retain and promote accomplished women attorneys;
- Mentor and foster relationships among our women attorneys; and
- Advance the client development efforts of women attorneys in our Firm.
Porter Hedges has signed the Houston Bar Association's Gender Initiative Commitment Statement that pledges an increase in various actions that promote gender fairness.
As a Firm, we recognize that promoting the talent and dedication of our women attorneys can only further enhance our collective opportunities for success. As we continue to build on the foundation of this program, we strive to promote the capabilities of our women attorneys internally and externally through continuing education programs, client-focused presentations, networking events and associations with leading professional organizations geared towards women in business.
Our Women’s Initiative program is multifaceted. Externally, we focus on hosting and sponsoring events, seminars, networking receptions and roundtable discussions that provide our women attorneys opportunities to develop lasting relationships with clients and community members. Internally, we help our women attorneys by devoting resources that assist with both business and professional development. Our goal is to not only develop and promote excellent women attorneys but also to enhance their respective leadership potential in today’s business world.
Porter Hedges women attorneys take an active role in our community through various civic and business organizations. Samplings of the organizations in which we are or have been actively involved include:
- Asian American Bar Association
- Asian American Bar Foundation
- Association of Women Attorneys
- Associated Builders and Contractors
- Child Care Council of Greater Houston
- Defense Research Institute
- Dress for Success
- Houston Contractors Association
- Houston Delta Gamma Foundation
- Junior League of Houston
- National Association of Women in Construction - Houston Chapter
- Women’s Finance Exchange - Houston Chapter
- Women of Wardrobe, Dress for Success Houston
- Women’s Contractors Association
Porter Hedges Women’s Initiative is designed to develop and promote various programs that are both informative and of interest to our women clients and friends of the Firm. Our Women’s Initiative programs focus on:
- Business and Networking - We recognize that building business and social relationships are of benefit to all. Our programs comprise both a business and social networking component.
- Professional Development - Our Women’s Initiative program strives to provide important information and skills for today’s woman business professional in a format that minimally interrupts the daily schedule and maximizes the benefits gained for time spent out of the office.
- Education - We desire to cultivate events and agendas that further the knowledge, education and development of women both personally and professionally.
Past programs and speakers include the following:
- Porter Hedges attorneys Jo Vorpahl, Allison Snyder, Cindy Krauss and Mandy Diaz addressing common legal questions about changing jobs, working with contractors, buying and selling a home, and estate planning essentials (2012)
- Annual joint networking event with Amegy Bank and Grant Thornton (2012)
- Sara Laschever, co-author of Women Don’t Ask: The High Cost of Avoiding Negotiation—and Positive Strategies for Change and Ask for It! How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation to Get What They Really Want (2011)
- Patricia R. Lykos, Harris County’s first female district attorney (2011)
- Carla Powers, author of Matches in the Gas Tank: Trial by Fire in the Armstrong Cult (2010)
- Mentoring Multi-Generational Talent (2010)
- Image coach, Sarah Shah, on the secret language of image and expert advice to put your best foot forward (2009)
- Planning for Transition: Elder Care and Your Family (2009)
- Women’s Health Roundtable (2008)
2012 Spring Women's Initiative Luncheon
Panelists Cindy Krauss, Allison Snyer, Jo Vorpahl and Mandy Diaz