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 first novel, The Partner Track, about a young Chinese-American woman up for partner at a prestigious global law firm, and about how outsider status and politics complicate her ascent up the corporate ladder, was be published by St. Martin’s Press in September 2013. The Partner Track was selected by Amherst College to be its “Amherst Reads” Book Selection for November 2013.
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
The Partner Track
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.