Championing Women: Osler Hosts Women’s Network Day Summer Celebration

Dale R. Ponder, Colleen Moorehead

June 10, 2015

From networking events to affinity networks and empowerment programs, Osler is dedicated to the advancement and leadership of women though a variety of firm-wide initiatives. On June 10th 2015, Osler hosted its 6th annual Women’s Network Day. The event represents a meaningful networking and relationship building opportunity for female legal professionals across the firm, including students, associates, and partners, as well as female alumni and clients across Canada.

Championing women through the Osler community, Women’s Network Day underscores the firm’s dedication to supporting, mentoring, and advancing women in business. According to Colleen Moorehead, Osler’s Chief Client Officer and 2015 Catalyst Champion, the firm celebrates diversity as a critical client service imperative: “Companies that attract, engage, and provide a clear path to leadership for ALL who aspire, regardless of gender, are the companies that outperform.”

At this year’s event, Osler’s Toronto head office welcomed over 200 Osler legal professionals, alumni, and clients. Osler’s Managing Partner, Dale Ponder, was delighted to present Director of Catalyst Canada, Alex Johnston and three-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Marnie McBean.

Alex Johnston opened the afternoon with an informative session on best practices for Osler’s Women’s Network, the newly launched employee resource group created by and for Osler’s female legal professionals.

In celebration of this summer's Pan Am Games, Marnie McBean’s keynote presentation offered inspirational and entertaining insights from the perspective of a professional female athlete. Based on her motivational book The Power of More, the rowing champion discussed the importance of breaking big goals into manageable parts of pursuing and achieving “more.” She applied her experiences of performing in high-stake competitions to crucial life lessons – accepting change and challenge at the same time, managing negative patterns and accentuating the positive voice, and giving more at the point of being most spent. The Olympic Gold Medalist  explained,  “When you get to that point where you think you’ve done everything, there is always a bit more that you can do; do more, be more, try more, learn more.”

Osler is proud to continue the Women’s Network Day series of relevant and timely content on female empowerment by inspirational women. From professional athletes to novelists and leaders in social innovation, past speakers have included Kate Hilton on leading a multi-faceted life and Legal Leaders for Diversity (LLD) on speaking in the media.