We visited the Pierre Hotel in Manhattan Tuesday for an event marking the 2009 edition of Working Mother magazine’s “50 Best Law Firms for Women.” Hosted by the magazine and Flex-Time Lawyers, the event brought together women law firm partners from around the country and an impressive list of general counsel (including Allstate’s Michele Coleman Mayes, DuPont’s Thomas Sager, Verizon’s Randal S. Milch, Prudential Financial’s Susan Blount, Dow Corning’s Sue McDonnell, and MasterCard’s Eileen Simon).

It was a celebratory affair, affirming the progress that’s been made on the work/life balance front, while looking at the road ahead. It’s a valuable initiative, for sure, but the event left us feeling a bit deflated.