Am I a “White Woman?”: A Workshop for Women Lawyers

Mar 19, 2024

9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, Union Trust Building, 501 Grant St Suite 200, 11th floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

When organizations, White women, and other individuals use the term “Women,” they knowingly or unknowingly exclude Women of Color while privileging White Women.

Does acknowledging their whiteness trigger White Women’s confusion? Discomfort? Distress? Defensiveness? Relief? Some other emotion? If it does, it’s not surprising because many self-identified White women aren’t used to hearing themselves described as “White Women.” They see themselves as raceless women or individuals. If more people are now acknowledging women’s racial differences, what does that mean? What do those of us in the legal profession need to understand about “White Women” and how acknowledging race and gender fits into our efforts to become authentic women who value and are valued by all women?

This program is targeted for all lawyers who self-identify as women, but anyone who is interested in being more inclusive is invited to participate in the workshop that is co-hosted by the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession and led by Professor Emeritus Janet E. Helms, author of the McGuffey Longevity Award winning book, A Race Is A Nice Thing to Have: A Guide to Being a White Person or Understanding the White Persons in Your Life and recipient of the 2023 American Psychological Association Presidential Citation for her scholarship in promoting anti-racism.

Dr. Helms will be joined by Dr. Maryam Jernigan-Noesi and Dr. Carlton E. Green. Dr. Jernigan-Noesi is a psychologist and clinical researcher who advises legal teams engaged in cases where race and racism are identified as salient, she consults nationally with legal juvenile and adult criminal justice systems to provide professional development and training on racial equity. Dr. Green is an award-winning psychologist with expertise in diversity, equity, and inclusion with an emphasis on race and racial issues.


Clockwise from top: Dr. Helms, Dr. Jernigan-Noesi, and Dr. Green

This innovative self-development interactive workshop that will empower you to be a more authentic woman in your law practice and in life. Workshop cost is $125 for PLDIC/IILP/sponsor members and $150 for nonmembers.

Pay to the order of Pittsburgh Legal Diversity & Inclusion Coalition.
Mail check to:
Ena Lebel
2266 Beechwood Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15217

CLE credit pending.

A continental breakfast and lunch will be served. Breakfast kindly sponsored by the Western Pennsylvania Network of the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC).

Register by March 8