About the New York Chapter of the Coalition

The Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in is a non-profit membership association that brings together law firms, government entities, and companies of all sizes for the purpose of advancing the recruitment, retention and promotion of women lawyers. The New York Chapter was founded in 2016, and was the first expansion Chapter of the Coalition. The New York Chapter organizes regular events that provide valuable networking and enrichment opportunities, many of which offer CLE credit. New York member benefits include special programming and leadership opportunities, marketing for your firm, and special access to membership directories and other exclusive resources.

Most importantly, the Coalition cultivates career advancement and professional development, promotes dialogue, provides a support-network among members and helps address the many issues facing women lawyers and women’s initiatives today. The Coalition is a place for all women lawyers, from different practice areas, different size law firms, different size companies, different roles within the government and different levels of experience, to join forces to advance each and all of its members’ careers. This inclusive nature of the Coalition makes it a unique and significant resource for all of its members. 

Upcoming Events

Literary Lawyers Series with Marlene Trestman

April 27, 2023 at 12 p.m. CT/1 p.m. EST via WebEx

Join the New York Chapter of the Coalition and Seyfarth Shaw LLP as they host lawyer-turned-author, Marlene Trestman, to hear about her biography of Bessie Margolin, her mentor, Fair Labor Lawyer: The Remarkable Life of New Deal Attorney and Supreme Court Advocate Bessie Margolin (LSU Press, 2016). 

Positive Intelligence Workshop with Danielle McCombs

Thursday, May 18, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. CT/6:00 p.m.ET via Zoom

Becoming the best leader you can be takes work, self-reflection and communication. Positive Intelligence (PQ) is a powerful tool, developed by Shrizad Chamine, to improve your mental fitness to take on the challenges we are faced with every day with a positive outlook rather than with fear and stress. This interactive workshop will provide you with tangible actions to build and strengthen your mental fitness to boost your leadership.

Other News

Last fall, we mourned the loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an inspirational leader and a brilliant mind. Let Justice Ginsburg’s outstanding legacy be an inspiration to us all in our own pursuits of equality and justice. To read a short statement from New York Chapter Past-President Mehtap Cevher Conti, please click here

To read a letter to membership from current New York Chapter Board President Elizabeth Schrero, please click here.


Review the New York Chapter brochure, and check out the latest news from our National Coalition newsletter by clicking the image below. You can also view past issues of the Newsletter here.

Support Our Work:

To help support the work of the New York Chapter of the Coalition, please visit our donation page.

Please note that the Coalition is a 501(c)(6) non-profit, and donations are not deductible as charitable contributions federal income tax returns.