Women's Leadership Summit - Six Steps to a Process-based Culture Shift

Learn from the six-step, scalable process that led this firm to turn themselves inside out to solve a top-down problem.


How do you spark change? From admitting there’s a problem to identifying sponsors and implementing solutions, change doesn’t come easy. For SmithGroupJJR, it took two offices out of ten to catapult a global trajectory towards equity. What started as a small-scale diversity effort in California launched a two-year firm-wide mission. So how did it happen? 

Learning objectives

  • Hear case studies from a large firm that’s implementing change across 10 offices of varying size, demographics, and progressiveness.
  • Equity requires advocacy; learn how to identify and inspire allies to create a culture of advocacy versus coaching.
  • Develop and revamp existing tools and processes to engage and develop women in leadership roles.
  • Gain scalable solutions that allow you to spark and influence change at every level, from broaching initial conversations to implementing new processes.
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  • Joyce Polhamus


    Office Director, SmithGroupJJR

    Joyce Polhamus leads the San Francisco office of SmithGroupJJR, one of the nation’s largest...
  • Troy Thompson


    Managing Partner, SmithGroupJJR

    As Managing Partner, Troy Thompson is one of the three co-leaders of SmithGroupJJR. He is...