Honeywell Joins Innovative New Mentoring Initiative for Women Lawyers in Mexico
March 06, 2015
Honeywell is one of several leading companies partnering with the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice and the New York City Bar Association to launch an innovative mentoring initiative for Mexican women lawyers. The program is designed to create new understanding about the importance of diversity in the legal profession and generate initiatives that promote the hiring, retention, and advancement of women lawyers. The initiative pairs senior lawyers from corporations and law firms in Mexico with junior lawyers to provide mentoring, share best practices, and help guide their professional growth. Honeywell, 3M, Ford, General Electric, Home Depot, PepsiCo, and JP Morgan will participate in the pilot phase along with prestigious law firms such as Baker & McKenzie, Greenberg Traurig, and Hogan Lovells.
Honeywell General Counsel for Latin America Valeria Chapa is the program’s co-chair and also a mentor. Daniela Tijerina, Honeywell Legal Affairs Manager, and Marisol Palomares, Contract Manager for Honeywell Process Solutions and Honeywell Building Solutions, will participate as mentees.
“We are very proud to be a part of this groundbreaking initiative,” says Valeria. “Honeywell is committed to diversity and inclusion, and this is a great opportunity for us to advance those causes while also furthering the development of two very valuable members of the team.”
The program kicked off with an event at 3M’s Mexico City Innovation Center, attended by more than 130 women attorneys. Keynote speaker Margarita Zavala, a lawyer and former first lady of Mexico who served in the Mexican Congress, spoke to the women about the strategic importance they have in society, overcoming obstacles and stereotypes, and redefining the role of women in the workplace.