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Helen Wan

Attorney, Novelist

Travels From

New York



HELEN WAN is an author, lawyer, and frequent speaker on advancing diversity and inclusion in corporate America.  Her first novel, THE PARTNER TRACK, the story of a young Asian American woman navigating the politics of power at a prestigious corporate law firm, was published by Macmillan in September and has already gone back to press.  The WALL STREET JOURNAL calls THE PARTNER TRACK “an engaging and suspenseful debut.  The pleasures of this novel lie in character and plot.  She dissects the tokens of status in this world in a manner that’s reminiscent of Tom Wolfe.”  She has also written for The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, and The Huffington Post.  In addition, Ms. Wan has practiced corporate law and media law for over fifteen years, most recently as Associate General Counsel at the Time Inc. division of Time Warner Inc.  Before that, she was an associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, and the entertainment law firm Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz P.C.  Ms. Wan is now at work on her second book, which will again address themes of race, gender, and class, and their impact on the pursuit of personal and professional success.


Wan’s debut novel The Partner Track was selected as Amherst College’s November 2013 Book Club Selection, REAL SIMPLE Magazine’s December 2013 Book Club Selection, and was also the subject of a recent WASHINGTON POST MAGAZINE cover story on Asian Americans and career success.


Wan was born in California and raised near Washington, D.C., she is a graduate of Amherst College and the University of Virginia School of Law. She lives in New York with her husband and young son.



2/26 – Latham & Watkins LLP – Washington, DC
3/8 – Columbia Law School – Asian Americans in Law & Politics Conference – NYC
3/19 – Ascend - Executive Women’s Panel hosted by New York Life – NYC
3/20 – Guest Speaker, University of Pennsylvania Law School, “Law in Fiction” Class – Philadelphia, PA
3/27 – Dykema Gossett PLLC – Lawyers’ Luncheon – Ann Arbor, MI
3/27 – University of Michigan Law School – KEYNOTE – Ann Arbor, MI
3/31 – DLA Piper – Boston, MA
4/3 - Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP – Guest Speaker, Lawyers’ Book Club Discussion – NYC
4/7 – Amherst College Alumni Association – Washington, DC
4/15 – Housing Works Bookstore & Cafe – NYC
4/25 – Perkins Coie LLP – Women Lawyers’ Retreat – Carlsbad, CA

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St. Martin's Press

In this riveting debut from Helen Wan, a young attorney must choose between the prestige of partnership and the American Dream that she - and her immigrant parents - have come so close to achieving.


Rocking the Boat (Without Tipping It Over) - Why All the Career Advice Your Asian Parent Gave You Was Probably Wrong: Wan talks about career strategies for the corporate workplace, especially for Asian-American employees, including how to develop a successful personal brand, identify and overcome cultural stereotyping, cultivate mentors and sponsors, and avoid blending in to the background.

The “Model Minority” in the Corporate Workforce: Wan offers a candid, close-up view on how firms and companies can better recruit, develop, retain, and leverage Asian-American talent, including how to convert cultural insights into returns on investment.

Law and the Writing Life: In this lecture, Wan offers strategies and inspirations for successfully juggling the full time practice of law (or any other demanding career) alongside the pursuit of creativity.

Women in the corporate world, challenges and all Helen Wan speaks about gender issues in corporate world. As a women and a corporate lawyer, she offers a unique look at the challenges of working in a predominantly male environment and breaking through the glass ceiling of corporate America.



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