Linda Chanow

Vice President of Strategy and Operations, The Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession

Linda Chanow is a non-profit executive, professor, lawyer and nationally-recognized authority on women, especially women lawyers, with nearly 25 years of experience researching, writing, and speaking on women’s leadership, inclusive women’s initiatives, allyship, growth mindset, unconscious bias, and flexibility programs. Hundreds of women nationally have participated in Linda’s educational programs that are designed to empower women to achieve fulfilling careers and significant leadership posts in their respective organizations.

Linda has substantial experience working with a wide array of stakeholders, including CEOs, general counsel, chairs of global law firms, judges, deans and government officials. Prior to becoming a Fellow at the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession, Linda led the Center for Women in Law at Texas Law for a decade, growing its influence nationally and increasing revenues by more than 300%. Under her leadership, the Women’s Power Summit™ grew to be one of the most sought-after invitations in the national legal community. Linda also built and directed the leading convocation of advocates of women lawyers that gathers annually in New York. She taught a leadership theory course at Texas Law for five years. The class was oversubscribed each year.

Linda was selected to serve on two Presidential Initiatives for the American Bar Association (Achieving Long-Term Careers for Women in Law and ABA Toolkit for Gender Equity in Partner Compensation) and as a liaison to the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession for nine years. She served as a Team Advisor for the first Women in Law Hackathon and is a member of the advisory board for the Bexar County Women’s Bar Foundation LEAD Academy.

Linda has authored or co-authored seven publications as well as two op-ed pieces for The Texas Lawyer. Her most recent report is In Their Own Words: Experienced Women Explain Why They Are Leaving Their Firms and the Profession (2021), available at https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/women/intheirownwords-f-4-19-21-final.pdf“. She has been quoted or her organization featured in USA Today, The Washington Post, Ms. Magazine, The Austin-American Statesman, Dallas Morning News, The American Lawyer, The Texas Lawyer, ABA Journal, Bloomberg Law, Law360, The Texas Lawbook, HBR Blog Network, and Forbes.

The Texas Minority Counsel Program honored Linda with the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award and Lawdragon named her one of the 100 Leading Legal Consultants and Strategists for 2018, 2017, and 2016. In 2013, the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association presented her with the 2013 Advancement of Women Award. Linda is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a former member of the Dell Medical School Society for Health & Women. Linda began her legal career as a commercial litigator at WilmerHale in Washington, D.C. after graduating magna cum laude from American University’s Washington College of Law in 1999.