Greenberg Traurig hosts Women’s Business Forum, ‘Lift Women. Lift Humanity’
Greenberg Traurig gathered more than 125 women leaders and attorneys during its 2023 Women’s Business Forum for a day of “empowering discussions” on issues impacting women in business.
With a theme of, “Lift Women. Lift Humanity,” the September 29 event in Bal Harbour also featured an interactive session with Girls Inc., of Greater Miami focusing on encouraging elementary school girls to strive for success.
Caroline O’Connor, president of business operations for the Miami Marlins, was recognized with the Diana P. Scott Integrity in Action Award, dedicated in memory of former Greenberg Traurig shareholder Diana P. Scott, an early leader in the firm’s Women’s Initiative. After the award was presented by Nikki Lewis Simon, senior vice president and Greenberg Traurig’s chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion officer, O’Connor sat down for a chat with McClatchy Vice President Monica Richardson to discuss her career and community impact.
“The door was open for us, and we want to make sure the door stays open for other women,” O’Connor said about her work alongside Miami Marlins General Manager Kim Ng. “We really look at our role as an opportunity to inspire others and tell our story.”
The program also included a mentoring opportunity for girls from underserved communities. During an interactive workshop with Girls, Inc., of Greater Miami, about 50 elementary school-aged girls joined the attendees to decorate puzzle pieces about notable women in history. Led by Virginia Akar, founding CEO of Girls Inc., of Greater Miami, the activity included table discussions focused on overcoming challenges and the impacts that these notable women had on society.
“The point of the exercise is to show the girls that while we are often faced with struggles as women, it is important to stick with our goals and complete what we set out to do, said Brigid F. Cech Samole, co-chair of the firm’s Global Women’s Initiative. “By sharing stories from our own life journey, we hope the girls learned first-hand how much can be achieved.”
Greenberg Traurig’s Women’s Initiative launched the Women’s Business Forum in 2007 to foster relationships between professional women, providing them an opportunity to share ideas, develop new skills, and meet mentors and business contacts. The 2025 Greenberg Traurig Women’s Business Forum is scheduled to take place in New York.