Girls Leadership is thrilled to announce our latest board member, Pat Gillette!


Pat Gillette is one of the country’s leading experts and most sought-after speakers on gender diversity and equality. Rated as a top employment litigator and trial lawyer by Chambers and other organizations for 40 years and as a leader and rainmaker in her firms, Ms. Gillette’s legal career focused on assisting Fortune 500 companies with their most difficult issues and challenges. At the end of 2015, she resigned from her firm to pursue her passion for empowering women through keynote speaking and writing. She now tours the country speaking on issues that help women advance into leadership positions in their organizations. Ms. Gillette was invited to join JAMS in 2016 and she now spends some of her time mediating employment cases.

Ms. Gillette has been recognized for her work to advance women in the legal profession by many organizations. She is the 2018 recipient of the ABA Margaret Brent Award, the highest honor given to women lawyers for professional achievement and for advancing the interests of women lawyers. She has also received the ABA Golden Hammer Award, the California Women Lawyers Association’s Fay Stender Award, the Transformational Leadership Award as one of the Top Women Rainmakers, and the Barristers Association of San Francisco Award of Merit.
Ms. Gillette is the co-founder of the Opt-In Project, a nationwide initiative focused on changing the structure of law firms to increase the retention and advancement of women. The team she co-chaired at the 2016 Hackathon created the Mansfield Rule, which has now been adopted by several law firms and corporations across the country as a means of immediately impacting the opportunities for women to advance into leadership positions.
Ms. Gillette has been a Commissioner on the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, a member of ABA’s Gender Equity Task Force, Co-Chair of the BASF No Glass Ceiling Initiative, and has served on several non-profit boards dedicated to protecting and promoting women. She is currently a board member DirectWomen and Girls Leadership,

Ms. Gillette’s newest book, “Rainmakers: Born or Bred” is filled with practical tactics and strategies that can be easily implemented to enhance business development skills and expand books of business. In the book, Ms. Gillette highlights the nationally acclaimed Rainmaker Study and includes helpful tips from rainmakers and clients across the country.

Ms. Gillette is the proud mother of two successful and enlightened sons and lives in Kensington, California with her husband of 40+ years. She has served as an elected official of her town and is active in political and community organizations and activities.
Visit Ms. Gillette’s website at or contact her at 510.604.6252.

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