Cutting Edge Workshop

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.

Excellent. One of the best conferences I have ever attended.

Workshop Participant

Upcoming program details have yet to be announced. See previous program details below.

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).


San Francisco CA

Topics & Agenda

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 BIPOC and What to Do About it


It is not possible to host our workshop without helping hands. Our sponsors help us physically and financially to make things happen.

I go to a million conferences, and this is hands-down the most useful, practical conference I’ve attended.

Workshop attendee

Interested in sponsoring a workshop?

There are two levels of sponsorship – lead program sponsor ($10K) and supporting sponsor ($5K). 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 on pre-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's signage and promotional materials at buffet, reception, and lecture areas that will be visible throughout program.

To learn more, contact us at [email protected].


What distinguishes this from other women's leadership programs?

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
How will this program benefit my 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.

How will individual participants benefit from the program?

In addition to helping your organization meet its women’s leadership goals and effectively support diverse talent, the workshop 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.

Any recommended hotels? What about travel?

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.

What about cancellations and participant substitutions?

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 [email protected]. Participant substitutions may be made at any time at the election of the organization.

How many people will attend?

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).

Is the workshop designed primarily for individuals in law firms and corporate legal roles?

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

Can men participate?

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.

Can non-members attend?

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.

What is appropriate attire?

Business casual.

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