Profiles in Diversity Journal honored Suzzanne Uhland, a partner at the San Francisco and Newport Beach offices of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, in its 2010 edition of Women Worth Watching. As described by Catalyst President and CEO Ilene Lang in her foreword to the 8th annual issue, the yearly listing highlights women who “represent the best of what is possible for organizations that embrace gender diversity” and the strategic value of gender diversity to business success. In doing so, Profiles in Diversity seeks to recognize women who serve as positive role models for both male and female upcoming professionals.
Suzzanne Uhland received the honor for her work in O’Melveny’s restructuring practice, which she chairs, as well as in the firm’s policy committee. In her personal essay, she addressed the importance of professional mentorship to career success, describing the ways in which her own role models helped her discover her strong suits and expand her perspectives. She stressed that, although she originally perceived professionalism as closely tied to toughness, such mentoring relationships are crucial to one’s professional development.
Ms. Uhland noted that her mentors encouraged her to consider various perspectives before making decisions and described how she draws on this guidance to mentor young professionals at O’Melveny & Myers. By reflecting on the unique perspectives of junior lawyers, she has had success in imparting skills such as teamwork and communication, which lead to positive results for the entire firm.