To be a first woman or first in anything is an honor and humbling and exciting because it provides a role model for many people — women, men and others — that you don’t have to fit a certain mold to succeed.
— Yvette Ostolaza of Sidley Austin, commenting on her recent election to serve as chair of the firm’s management committee. Ostolaza will officially take over as chair in April 2022, when she will become the first woman to lead the firm in its 155-year history. She will be the only woman of color to lead a top 10 Am Law firm and among the handful of women who lead Biglaw firms.
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