As we close out Women’s History Month, I wanted to reflect on an event that I had the pleasure of participating in earlier this month in honor of International Women’s Day. It was held at the JAMS New York Resolution Center, in partnership with the New York International Arbitration Center (NYIAC).
JAMS and NYIAC recently announced a formal collaboration agreement to promote and support international arbitration in New York for the benefit of our global and cross-border panelists, as well as members of NYIAC. This joint effort (NYIAC@JAMS) allows NYIAC to bring international arbitrations to JAMS New York Resolution Center and to jointly develop and promote events for the international arbitration community.
The collaboration is just one example of how JAMS has reimagined alternative dispute resolution (ADR) to meet the unique needs of today’s global business environment. JAMS offers resolution anywhere via best-in-class virtual sessions with JAMS Virtual Moderators and state-of-the-art international arbitration facilities in major markets.
International Women’s Day honors women’s contributions to society, culture and politics. The theme for this year—#EmbraceEquity—was on full display on March 8. Lawyers, ADR practitioners, law students and others came together to celebrate the progress women have made in the ADR field, as well as the contributions of those women who broke down barriers—many of whom were in attendance—and express gratitude for their perseverance, courage, knowledge and willingness to help their colleagues.
At JAMS, I am very fortunate to be part of an organization that celebrates women and where I am part of a leadership team that is almost 50% women, an organization where 70% of our employees and 32% of our panelists are women. While JAMS has long demonstrated a commitment to gender equality, there is still much to be done within the legal and dispute resolution fields to ensure equal opportunity, inclusion and belonging for everyone.
JAMS and our colleagues at the NYIAC will continue to strive to ensure women receive the same opportunities and recognition as our male colleagues, many of whom have joined the effort and vigorously support gender equity.
We are looking forward to continuing to create synergies between our organizations, promote international arbitration and advance ADR.
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