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 Click here to view our 2018 brochure. 

For more information about Ladder Down please contact our 2018 Program Chairs.



Registration is closed for our 2018 Ladder DownTM Programs.


Please check in with us again in the fall for 2019 program locations, dates, and information.




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.



The FDCC Ladder Down™ is always looking for sponsors and donations for its programs. The program operates under the FDCC Foundation, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, and contributions are tax deductible. The FDCC Ladder Down™ program appreciates any support you can provide!

Click Here for more information on how to become a sponsor and the different sponsorship opportunities that are available.




About the LADDER DOWN™ Program:

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! 


For more information regarding the program in your area please contact our 2018 Program Chairs:


Phoenix San Francisco Seattle

Alison Christian

Beth Fitch

Michele Ballard Miller

Linda Moroney

Joyce Wang

Beth Fitch




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