Chair and CEO, Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP


In January 2016, Betty Temple was named the first female head of Womble Dickinson (at the time, Womble Carlyle) in the firm’s 140-year history. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, she said the homogeneity of law firms is “bad for business because you're not just limiting gender or race, you're limiting diversity of thought.” Betty is also a leading M&A lawyer who was named one of the 50 Most Influential People by Greenville Business Magazine

As part of LCLD's Leaders at the Front initiative, Betty created a Leader's Pledge detailing her personal and organizational commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Read Betty's pledge here.

Womble Dickinson’s major commitments to diversity include recruiting minority lawyers, offering domestic partner benefits, and tying diversity initiatives to employee compensation and advancement.

Womble Bond & Dickinson was named an LCLD Top Performer in 2021. 

Joined LCLD 2009

Highlights of LCLD Participation

Fellows Program
Fellows nominated:
2022: Antonia Peck; 2021: Dwayne Sam; 2020: Karthika Perumal; 2019: Vivian Coates; 2018: Sonny Haynes; 2011: Sanjay N. Beri

Pathfinders Program
Pathfinders nominated:
2022: Brian Castro, Abhijit Adisesh; 2021: Bryant Caldwell; 2020: Nicole Su


1L LCLD Scholars Program
Scholars hosted:
2021: Brandon Hedgebeth, Talia Buenrostro, Kameryn Garel-McCullough, Qingrong Ruan, Phillip Lee

Success in Law School Mentoring Program
Mentors provided: 2019, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

Annual Meeting (2018, 2016)
Leadership Summit (2016)


Member: Betty Temple

Diversity Professionals: Barbara FountainSonny Haynes, Victoria Taylor, Kevin Hall, Jessica Adebiyi

Communications: Ashley HorneRussell Thomas