Thoughtful Mentor

Pat Gillette is a mentor to many women and men, and it gives her great pleasure to see their collective successes in leadership positions and making an impact in their firms and their communities. 

February 2015:   The ABA Law Practice Division Diversity & Inclusion Committee and the ABA Women Rainmakers award Pat Gillette the 2015 Golden Hammer Award Recipient.  This award honors Pat for her continuing professional excellence and her commitment to diversity.

As you rightly suggest, men are generally (though not absolutely) socialized to be tough and hard-working. My pleas for greater work-life balance [as a father] to spend time with my young children were received as if I were speaking Greek. I can’t tell you how much it warms my heart to have a woman speak out on this topic. I hear so much about unevolved men and I understand we can be a little (or even a lot) dense. But I can’t tell you how appreciative I am to see a woman whose opinion on this matter is so “evolved.”  Thank you, thank you, thank you.”   ~ Excerpt from a working father upon reading “Leveling the Playing Field”

“Thank you so much for speaking to our group ….  the feedback has been hugely positive.  For me personally, I am more motivated than ever to stay in the game, help effect change in the law firm culture, and be a positive role model for my kids.”  ~ Attorney in SF