“Synergistic forces were evident in more ways than imagined when I found myself at a recent summit entitled ‘ Finding New Ways for Women to Lead in Law’, a joint venture between the Centre for Integrative Law & UCT’s Law@Work Division. I had planned to go in my private capacity as an independent consultant/law lecturer but was fortunate to have attended as a guest of the new and innovative law firm, Whipping the Cat, Tailored Legal Services, one of the many sponsors amongst Investec, Old Mutual, Webber Wentzel, Werkmans, Cognia Law and others.
What transpired amongst the 100 or more delegates and 24 odd speakers throughout the day- consisting solely of women in law in varying capacities as high- powered professionals and practicing lawyers, academics, and consulting entrepreneurs – was a notably conscious energy of women interested in meeting the challenges of a changing legal world.
Amanda Lamond’s brave and honest opening started with a rhetorical question on these lines: ‘In the last decade, more women have entered the profession. Did this mean that there were simply more women professionals in law or did it mean that law was becoming a more ‘feminine’ profession?’
This was followed by the warm and inspiring keynote address by Yvonne Kgame who told of her personal journey of ‘Infinite Grace’ (part of the title of her book ,a Miraculous Awakening which she generously gave to me after I introduced myself to her (and spontaneously hugged her!) commenting on her almost divine wisdom.