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Women in Dispute Resolution (WIDR) Celebrates its Ten-Year Anniversary!

11 April, 2022

Ten years ago, a group of women formed Women in Dispute Resolution (WIDR) as a task force in the Dispute Resolution Section of the American Bar Association to assess the status of women in the profession, identify barriers to selection as a neutral, and to develop initiatives to increase participation of women in the dispute resolution profession. Many of the WIDR founders were and are ArbitralWomen members.

To honour its ten-year anniversary, WIDR is celebrating the stories of its members who contributed to WIDR’s success over the past ten years with its series “Ten Years, Ten Voices” through a series of WIDR social media LinkedIn posts featuring articles and stories, a special edition of “Just Resolutions” in July 2022, and a special podcast later in 2022.

The stories of ‘why’ and ‘how’ WIDR came to be, and ‘what’ it has meant to so many, inspire us as we continue the work of advancing diversity in ADR,” said WIDR co-chairs Felicia Boyd of Norton Rose Fulbright and ArbitralWomen Member Deborah Hylton of Hylton ADR Services.  “We are excited to continue this work alongside ArbitralWomen, the ERA Pledge, R.E.A.L., the Ray Corollary Initiative, the ADR provider institutions committed to diversity, and so many other partners across our profession.”

WIDR thanks its founders and past leaders for their vision and determination to launch WIDR and thanks those who continue to lead for taking up the work, making the time to share life and business lessons, and continuing to inspire.

Congratulations to WIDR on its work over the past ten years and its ongoing celebration of the contributions of the many women who made WIDR a success!

You can follow the WIDR handle on LinkedIn to read the inspiring stories being shared.

Submitted by ArbitralWomen President Dana MacGrath