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Women are entering the practice of law in greater numbers than ever before, but struggle to land positions as equity partners, shareholders, and general counsel at firms and corporations across the nation. The reason for the disparity is clear: women lawyers are not receiving effective training on how to build a book of business and how to become better leaders. In 2012, FDCC members Alison Christian and Beth Fitch created a unique year-long program called “Ladder Down™” to combat the startling statistics and change the course for women lawyers.

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 Click below to learn more about our 2018 Ladder Down programs, now in three locations!


Phoenix          San Francisco          Seattle



The FDCC Ladder Down™ is looking for sponsors and donations for its 2017 year!  The program operates under the FDCC Foundation, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, and all contributions are tax deductible. The FDCC Ladder Down™ program appreciates any support you can provide! For more information on how to become a sponsor and the different sponsorship opportunities that are available:


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A Special Thank You to Our San Fransisco 2017 Sponsors!

Rebecca Westerfield (Ret)

Sedwick LLP

Miller Law Group (Diamond Sponsor)

Gordon & Rees, LLP

Brown & James


Bullivant, Houser, Baily, PC

Carlson, Calladine & Peterson, LLP


And A Special Thank You to our 2017 Phoenix Sponsors!

Gust Rosenfeld

Appenzeller & Associate, CPAs, P.C.

Jaburg  & Wilk, P.C. (Diamond Sponsor)

Quarles & Brady LLP (Diamond Sponsor)

Broening, Ober, Woods, & Wilson, P.C.

Association of Legal Administrators Greater Phoenix Valley of the Sun Chapter

Savills Studley, Inc

Jones, Skelton & Hochuli (Diamond Sponsor)

Snell & Wilmer, LLP (Diamond Sponsor)

Arizona Women Lawyers Association / Maricopa Chapter




In 2016, Alison and Beth partnered with the Federation to launch FDCC Ladder Down™ programs in five new cities over the the next five years. Ladder Down launched in San Francisco in January 2017 under the leadership of FDCC members Joyce Wang, Linda Moroney, and Michele Miller. Ladder Down's Seattle program will launch in January 2018. Alison and Beth continue to lead Ladder Down™'s 6th year in Phoenix.




Alison Christian


Beth Fitch

The Ladder Down™ program is unique in both structure and content and includes monthly large group sessions dedicated to instruction in three key areas: leadership, business development, and mentoring. In addition to the monthly large group meetings, the participants meet with small accountability groups to report on their progress and set new goals. The sessions are taught by esteemed faculty and rounded out with local panel discussions on topics such as "Wisdom From the Bench", "A Candid Conversation with Corporate Decisionmakers", and "What Men Really Think."

The Ladder Down™ program started as a grassroots effort and has enjoyed four years of success in Phoenix, Arizona with over 100 program graduates. Participants in the program report increased client relationships, improved self-confidence, promotions to partnership, greater community involvement, more frequent opportunities for speaking and publishing, and an enhanced referral network. In 2013, the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel was awarded the DRI Diversity Award for its support of the Ladder Down™ program. Alison and Beth are ready to expand the Ladder Down™ program's reach to women lawyers across the country through the help of the FDCC Foundation!



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