On a flight a couple years ago, Bracewell & Giuliani partner Dee Martin found herself chatting with former White House press secretary Dana Perino and former Rep. Susan Molinari (R-N.Y.) about ways to get more women into leadership positions in business and politics.

That conversation became a starting point for Minute Mentoring, which they co-founded to help put young women in touch with professional women in important positions.

At meetings held in cities across the country, young women are given the chance to pick the brains of female executives, politicians and agency officials in a round-robin setting. “It’s akin to speed dating,” Martin said.

The Minute Mentoring forums are just the latest in a long line of public service and pro bono initiatives by Martin focused on issues facing women. In college, she helped create the Choices Campus Leadership Program, a national pro-abortion rights student organization.

“Those issues are very near and dear to my heart,” Martin said. Outside of her women’s rights work, Martin focuses her government-relations practice on lobbying on energy, national security and financial services issues.

She represented the FBI Agents Association this year in lobbying for the successful passage of legislation allowing law enforcement agencies to assist families of fallen officers with relocation costs. — Nate Raymond