Ann Lawrence is a partner at DLA Piper, one of the world’s largest law firms. Over the course of her career, she noticed how few women became partners, so she tapped her entrepreneurial side and set out to make a difference, for the law field and beyond. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“When I was in law school, we were told that the reason there weren’t very many female partners was because fewer women had gone to law school … but when I realized that wasn’t the case, I knew I had to do something,” Lawrence says. “It’s not just that women are opting out, but also that they’re running into the glass ceiling.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
So Lawrence and a group of friends launched Pink51, a company whose mission was to promote businesses that were either 50 percent owned by women, or whose executives or boards were at least 20 percent female. Pink51’s website listed these companies in one place so that consumers could more easily find them and purchase their products and services.
The number of businesses that joined grew to the thousands, and Lawrence and her friends quickly realized that the site required full-time attention. Ultimately, Lawrence chose to wind the business down to focus on her law practice, but the endeavor was invaluable. “It was a necessary learning experience that has made me a better lawyer and strategist,” Lawrence says. “I love seeing how many women are becoming advocates for each other.” #SpendLifeLiving