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Darnell Donahue: Men Who Support Women

Posted By Nadia Alhashimi, Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Darnell Donahue: Men Who Support Women

Partner, Morrissey and Donahue, LLC

National Board Member

 

"When she [my daughter] was born it made me think about how the world is for young women and how this is my opportunity to impact an organization that she could come to rely on in her future."


We can’t wait to come to Chicago for conference this year! Can you tell us a little bit about it?

Well, I grew up here in Chicago and I always love being here. When the weather is great like now, it’s easy to love the city. It has alot of culture, history, great architecture, and the people like to work hard and have a good time.  


As a man, why is NAWMBA something that you have chosen to invest your time and energy into?

I got involved with NAWMBA about 3 years ago. I was good friends with the attorney who sat next to me in my office at my former law firm. She was passionate about NAWMBA, but had two young children so didn’t have time to become involved. So I raised my hand. She put me in touch with the President who told me about the successes and struggles that NAWMBA was dealing with. I was impressed that here was an organization that was genuinely trying to do good things for young professional women and that they needed help rebuilding and strengthening their brand. I was especially drawn to the mission and goals of empowering women in business because my daughter was 6 months old at the time. When she was born it made me think about how the world is for young women and how this is my opportunity to impact an organization that she could come to rely on in her future. I started thinking practically what the world would be like in 25 or 30 years and I realized that this was my opportunity to help make that change.


Why IS the empowerment of women in business important today?

The issue is rooted in the underrepresentation of women in business. For making up 51% of the population, they are grossly underrepresented. The culture of business is the way that it is because it’s male dominated. Alot of the flaws can be attributed to the closed society that it is. So it’s important to promote women to be more reflective of the entire culture which is better for all of us.


How do you carry this ethos over in your own business?

Our new firm, Morrissey and Donahue, LLC recognizes that the one thing that we have the most direct impact on is hiring. We are a small law firm and our one associate is a woman. She’s been out of law school for four years, and we can make sure that she is appreciated, listened to, and has the opportunity to become a partner in our firm. We want her to ascend to an ownership position and let her know that there is a path that has realistic goals. It’s also important to let her know that we value her and that we will both mentor her and learn from her. It’s just our small way of making sure that there aren’t any barriers due to gender or race.


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