LILIConnect has been set up to support, develop and encourage women working in legal information. Membership is open to all women in information roles in law firms and in-house legal departments, providing an environment for professional and career development and networking with colleagues and peers in the industry.
The Executive Committee comprises a group of female IT Directors, chaired by Janet Day, Director of Technology and Infrastructure Services at Berwin Leighton Paisner, supported by vice chairs Jan Durant IT Director at Lewis Silkin and Julie Berry, IT Director at Reynolds Porter Chamberlain.
LILIConnect runs a programme of events where women will have the opportunity to discuss topical issues in legal information. The professional development angle includes encouraging women to develop careers in technology & information without feeling intimidated. ‘If you go to a legal conference, the women are always outnumbered,’ observes Janet Day. ‘We want to give women at all levels in the legal community the opportunity to progress their careers and learn about useful technologies and opportunities in a relaxed and open environment.’
LILIConnect will host a number of events throughout the year that will be sponsored by suppliers. These will be either social networking forums or information seminars developed for the group. Sponsors will have the opportunity to showcase and discuss their latest offerings at these events while also meeting the group’s members informally.
The LILIConnect group will endeavour to conduct relevant and structured market research both independently and in association with the group's partners and associates. The research group will provide the LILIConnect members with a valuable information resource through which to conduct and manage surveys, publish white papers and develop an independent thought leadership programme.
The LILIConnect Mentor scheme will provide a personal developmental relationship between experienced and knowledgeable Mentors and a Mentee.
The scheme will provide informal transfer of knowledge, social capital, psychosocial support, interpersonal support, guidance, mutualexchange, coaching and role playing relevant for work, career, or professional development.
The LILIConnect Knowledge Base will provide members access to a variety of collaborative resources and precedent knowledge that can be shared and developed by the group. Members will be invited to contribute to the knowledge base thus facilitating a collective resource that will prove extremely useful as the group develops.
The LILIConnect Member Services scheme will provide access to a variety of subsidised services that the LILIConnect membership will find useful, interesting and helpful. These services will be provided by independent organisations that wish to support the members of the group while raising awareness of their services respectively.