STARS is a Cole Schotz initiative designed to promote the development and success of the firm’s women attorneys. STARS reflects the firm’s commitment to helping its women lawyers achieve professional success and leadership roles in the firm, their practices and their communities.
To achieve these goals, STARS focuses on and provides a forum for the discussion of issues that are pertinent to women lawyers such as skills training, networking and business development, work-life balance, recruitment and retention, mentoring, annual social events and community outreach. The Initiative’s programs include panel presentations, casual roundtable discussions, informal mentoring, and networking opportunities with clients and other female professionals.
Recent events include:
STARS sponsored a screening of the documentary Balancing the Scales, a film by Sharon Rowen. We were joined by members of the New Jersey Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel. The evening offered a look at the challenges women lawyers have faced historically and still face today, followed by a lively Q + A session, and the opportunity to network among peers.
The women of Cole Schotz came together with their guests for a great evening of networking and fun at the London Hotel in NYC. Attendees had the opportunity to meet and greet, enjoy stunning views of the city, and attend a flower arranging workshop lead by the talented staff of Stems Brooklyn. Many of the arrangements were donated to the Valley Health System in Ridgewood, NJ.
STARS celebrated its autumn networking event at City Winery in NYC. The women attorneys and their guests enjoyed sampling a selection of wines and delicious food. Guests were given the opportunity to purchase bottles of wine during the event with a portion of the proceeds, matched by Cole Schotz, being donated to Gilda’s Club of Northern New Jersey.
The STARS group lead an internal luncheon to discuss confidence in and out of the workplace. Women from the group shared tips, stories, and posed questions about confidence and how it impacts their careers.
STARS celebrated its 2014 fall networking event at Lucky Strike in NYC. “The Bowling Challenge” was the theme of the night and the female attorneys and clients bowled in honor of breast cancer awareness month. A donation was made to the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation.
The STARS group lead an internal luncheon to discuss an always popular topic - work/life balance. Women from the group shared tips, stories, and posed questions about achieving work/life balance.
STARS celebrated its 2013 fall networking and cocktail event at Mood Fabrics in NYC. “The Craft Challenge” was the theme of the night and the female attorneys and clients designed elegant head covers. In honor of breast cancer awareness month, all of the head covers were donated to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
STARS held its Spring event at Saks Fifth Avenue which focused on creating a professional yet trendy impression to go from "Desk to Dinner."
Our Stars Committee:
Mary W. Browning, Chair
Lauren M. Manduke
Jennifer L. Horowitz
Sara M. Veith
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