Want to learn how your organization can better advance women and promote diversity today? Come learn from the experts!

The Cutting Edge Workshop is a biennial intimate program where participants work closely with experts and engage in interactive peer-to-peer problem solving. We’ll take a deep dive into two topics with the goal of helping participants focus, engage, and leave with clear, actionable strategies for change.

This conference is part of the Women’s Leadership Edge membership program where we make cutting edge research available exclusively to members.

When & Where

October 2021

Pre-workshop dinner
San Francisco TBA

UC Hastings College of the Law, 200 McAllister St - Alumni Reception Center (2nd floor), San Francisco CA 94102

Who Should Attend

Participation is invitation only for WLE members and their guests; ideal for leaders and change-agents leading efforts around diversity, equity and inclusion.

Examples include: heads of diversity or women’s initiatives, HR and/or D&I professionals, leaders actively involved in sponsoring D&I programs, etc.


Free! Each WLE member organization can send up to 3 attendees, as well as 1 additional guest from a non-member org (up to 4 attendees total).

Program Testimonials

“Excellent. One of the best conferences I have ever attended.”
“I go to a million conferences, and this is hands-down the most useful, practical conference I’ve attended."
“All of the speakers were fantastic.”
“Awesome – thank you so much for the opportunity.”

Topics & Agenda

2021 details TBA. Check out the 2019 information below for a better idea of the programming.
We will spend the day taking a deep dive into two topics, chosen by members, and led by experts. Topics include:

  • How to Build a Truly Effective Women’s Initiative (For Real)
  • Tug of War: Examining Conflicts Among Women and People of Color and What to Do About it
Session times are subject to change

5:30p             Dinner | ends at 8:00p
9:00a Breakfast
9:30 Morning Session
11:30 Break
11:45 Interactive Session I
12:45p Lunch
1:45 Afternoon Session
3:45 Break
4:00 Interactive Session II
5:30 Adjourn

Frequently Asked Questions

The Cutting Edge Workshop is an initiative of the Center for WorkLife Law, an organization known for groundbreaking research on women and the workplace, and over 20 years of experience leading innovative programs for advancing women leaders. Given this extensive expertise, the workshop provides unique advantages, including:

  • Cutting-edge, research-based content;
  • Practical evidence-based tools for organizational change;
  • An emphasis on peer-to-peer interaction and leaving with immediately actionable tools;
  • Opportunities to connect with the leading experts on issues of women’s leadership, work/life balance, and gender equity at work and at home; and
  • Networking with other business leaders and professionals who are committed to women’s leadership
This is an intimate workshop exclusive to Women's Leadership Edge members. We strictly limit the number of participants to ensure a highly-interactive program with ample opportunities for one-on-one coaching and valuable network-building between participants. We expect about 20-30 participants, but WLE members may participate as follows:

Each WLE member organization can send up to 3 attendees, as well as 1 additional guest from a non-member org (up to 4 attendees total).

We've made a block of rooms available to participants at Stanford Court Hotel in the Nob Hill area at the discounted rate of $319 plus tax. Reservations can be made here or by calling 1-415-732-4069 and using the access code CEDGE. Any unreserved rooms will be released October 4th and we suggest you make arrangements as soon as possible. Rooms are extremely limited and we encourage participants to stay where they are most comfortable. A list of other hotels can be found here.

Maintaining an up-to-date understanding of who will be attending is very helpful for us and other participants, so please keep us abreast of any changes. All cancellation and participant substitution requests must be made in writing and sent via email to cec@worklifelaw.org. Participant substitutions may be made at any time at the election of the organization.

No. The workshop programming is designed for women and men in both law firms and corporations, including non-legal roles and departments.

Yes! We strongly encourage men to fully participate. The content is ideal for men who are sponsors, mentors, professional development directors, and organizational leaders who want to learn how to better support, retain, and advance women.

The Workshop is an invitation-only, Women's Leadership Edge member exclusive. However, members have the option of inviting one participant from a non-member organization.

Women represent a vital talent pool for companies. Organizations benefit when women apply their talents as leaders, serve as mentors and role models crucial for attracting and retaining junior women in the organization, and provide the diversity that the marketplace increasingly demands. The Cutting Edge Workshop provides the latest research and innovative, practical strategies and tools to help your organization better retain, support, and advance women and diverse talent from within.

In addition to helping your organization meet its women’s leadership goals and effectively support diverse talent, the conference also provides valuable training for individual attendees by preparing participants to assume greater leadership responsibilities, increase their value to and their visibility within their organization by elevating the status of women’s/diversity initiatives, and leverage their abilities and talents more strategically for positive business results.

Potential Sponsors

Interested in supporting women’s leadership? Sponsor the Cutting Edge Workshop!

There are two levels of sponsorship – lead program sponsor ($10K) and supporting sponsor ($5K).

Sponsorship benefits include:

  • Tickets to the workshop for anyone the sponsor wants to invite (i.e. sponsor's employees, clients, etc.) – ten (10) tickets for lead sponsor, five (5) for supporting sponsors;
  • Two (2) invitations to VIP dinner on Wednesday October 23;
  • Listing of company prominently onpre-event publicity (with sponsor's logo and link to sponsor's website) on WorkLife Law's website, in program mailers, and in program materials distributed to attendees;
  • Pre- and post-workshop social media mentions (reaching an audience of 5,000+ individuals);
  • Verbal recognition twice during workshop; and
  • Space to display sponsor'ssignage and promotional materials at buffet, reception, and lecture areas that will be visible throughout program.

To learn more, contact us at cec@worklifelaw.org.