Signature Seminar Series - Diversity & Flexibility Alliance

The Diversity & Flexibility Alliance’s bi-monthly Signature Seminar Series explores a mix of organizational solutions and individual strategies related to inclusion, retention, and workplace flexibility. Presented by a variety of industry experts, these virtual seminars are open to all professionals at Alliance member organizations. Members can register for a seminar and access seminar recordings and handouts in the Member Resource Center.

Upcoming Seminars

September 14, 2017 – 1:00-2:15 pm

Does Your Talk Match Your Walk? How to Communicate Like a Leader

Featuring – Rachael Bosch, Managing Director of Fringe PD

For those of us in leadership roles, communicating to those who work for and around us is critical to achieving our individual and organizational goals. We know that communication has a significant impact on our brain behavior and therefore our productivity. And yet, many leaders have not been able to take the time needed to craft their communication style and delivery to increase this productivity for their teams. This webinar will start that process. We will discuss the very fundamentals of how our brains react to language and communications styles as well as providing resources and tools for you to take back and use in real-time with your colleagues.

 

Join us on Thursday, September 14 at 1 pm EDT for our September Signature Seminar Series webinar with Rachael BoschManaging Director of Fringe Professional Development.  Rachael is an advocate for innovative and organizational professional development and founded Fringe PD to bring coaching and training to professionals across disciplines and experience levels. She has spent more than a decade in legal talent management and has a background in theatrical performance and vocalization. She uses this experience, as well as a brain-based coaching certification through the NeuroLeadership Institute, to develop and deliver training programs on the topics of executive presence, management and leadership, communication skills, and goal pursuit.

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Any professional currently in a managerial role or looking to advance to a managerial role.
*As a reminder, our Signature Seminar Series are free and open to all Alliance organizations
and their members as part of your paid member benefits.
For more information about the Signature Seminar Series, contact Eliza Musallam.

 

October 17, 2017

Featuring – Dr. Lauren Rivera (Kellogg School of Management), author of Pedigree: How Elite Students Get Elite Jobs

 

November 8, 2017

Featuring – Verna Myers, Founder and Chief Cultural Innovator, The Verna Myers Group

2017 Seminars

Ladder Down: Success Strategies For Lawyers From Women Who Will Be Hiring, Reviewing, and Promoting You

June 2017

Featuring — Lauren Stiller Rikleen, President, Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership and Visiting Scholar, Boston College Center for Work & Family

Today, the path to success is harder than ever. Excellence at one’s craft is simply a baseline. Lawyers also face the challenges of maintaining and bringing in new clients, undertaking organizational leadership roles, participating in professional associations, and engaging in one’s community. Each of these challenges can represent either tremendous opportunity or overwhelming stress. The goal is to meet these challenges with a sense of excitement at what the future holds.
Lauren Stiller Rikleen (author of, You Raised Us, Now Work with Us) discusses strategies and highlights from her newest book and research, Ladder Down: Success Strategies for Lawyers from Women Who Will be Hiring, Reviewing, and Promoting You. Through the advice collected from successful women practitioners around the world and shared in her book, Lauren will discuss strategies to help you re-energize and reclaim your career path. (You can purchase Lauren’s newest book HERE.)
Wait! Why You Procrastinate & What You Can Do About It

April 2017

Featuring – Paul H. Burton, Founder & Principal, QuietSpacing LLC

Do you procrastinate? Ninety-five percent of us do. That’s right – 95%. Procrastination is one of the most common self-destructive behaviors we exhibit.  Procrastination is the result of favoring short-term relief over long-term gain. It reduces our productivity, causes us stress, and contributes to interpersonal and professional conflict. The good news is that procrastination is relatively easy to overcome.

Paul Burton will engage and entertain attendees, teach us why we procrastinate, and what we can do to reduce those behaviors. This Signature Seminar will use a quiz-based format focused on three categories – Fun Facts, Education, and Techniques – to help participants understand the roots of procrastination and how to overcome it through:

– Fun facts of procrastination – entertaining and interesting things that keep our perspective regarding how hard it is to be productive all the time.

– Educational aspects of why we procrastinate – the neurological, biological, and psychological reasons we procrastinate.

– Techniques to overcome procrastination – a host of ways to procrastinate less, get more done, and enjoy greater personal and professional satisfaction.

Creating A Road Map For A Holistic Flex Policy

February 2017

A successful flexible work program requires strong buy-in, thoughtful implementation, and regular monitoring. It also needs to be adaptable – evolving with the organization as the employees’ needs and clients change. While many professional service organizations have flexibility policies on the books, providing flexible work options without stigma remains a challenge. There has to be a clear understanding of why flexibility is a business imperative and how to make it work for all parties.  Whether your organization needs to create a flexibility program from scratch, expand its existing program, or pinpoint issues within the current program, Manar Morales, the Alliance’s President & CEO, will discuss and guide members through a road map for developing and supporting a successful flexible work program to achieve your organization’s flex objectives.

2016 Seminars

Creating A Game Plan For Business Development

December 2016

Featuring – Tasneem Goodman, Managing Director, Akina (A GrowthPlay Company)

Most professionals know that preparation, planning, and strategy are critical to achieving success in developing business. Yet many end up winging it because they are pressed for time, uncomfortable, or lack simple and practical tools for planning.

This seminar will cover what skills and tools professionals need to be more effective in their business development efforts and how they can approach business development with the intentionality and discipline that produce results.

In particular, this seminar will equip participants to:

– Understand the framework and underlying principles of business development

– Identify their potential clients and most important internal and external stakeholders

– Create a business development roadmap that supports creating opportunity over time

Making It Work: Attorneys Putting Flex Success™ in Action!

November 2016

Featuring – Beth Dickstein, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP; Kelly Hughes, Shareholder & Co-Chair of the Flexibility/Awareness Subcommittee, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. ; Erik Lemmon, Associate, Holland & Hart LLP; and Charise Naifeh, Associate, White & Case LLP

Join us for our November Signature Seminar Series teleconference and hear from previous Spotlight on Flex interviewees and Flex Success™ Award Honorees on how they are exemplifying Flex Success™ to achieve both personal and professional success. Our speakers will share their stories on how they have fully utilized their firm’s flex policies and showcase how men and women make Flex Success™ possible at all career stages!

Orchestrate: Four Productivity Skills Every Manager Needs

September 2016

Featuring – Paul H. Burton, Founder & Principal, QuietSpacing LLC

Managing cases, deals, and other people are vital skills mid-level people must develop. Yet, there are scant legal-focused resources available to help them build that skill set. Productive managers focus the right people on the right efforts to deliver top-quality work to clients in a timely manner. Mid-level managers can repeatedly achieve that result if a strong foundation is established first. Join us for September’s Signature Seminar with Paul Burton as he provides immediate, actionable suggestions around these four quadrants – consideration, collaboration, communication, and coordination – so anyone can orchestrate and control their time management skills.  Participants will learn to:
– See the connection between larger goals and how things get done;

– Effectively connect and engage those with whom you work;

– Diplomatically manage up and manage down; and

– Navigate the important landscape of middle management.

Using Flexibility to Recruit Your Next Generation of Superstars

June 2016

Featuring — Kori Carew, Director of Strategic Diversity Initiatives, Shook, Hardy & Bacon & Kia Scipio, Associate Director, Georgetown University Law Center

We all know students are vying for jobs, but employers are just as competitive with each other to recruit top talent.  The needs and wants of this generation are vastly different than the typical recruit 5-10 years ago.  Research shows flexibility is a key consideration when students and lawyers are choosing their firms (and when they are deciding to leave).  If you don’t have a flex policy, you are missing an easy, effective, and inexpensive way to recruit great lawyers.  If you do have a flex policy, how is it being messaged and translated during the recruitment process (if at all)?  For CSO’s, how do you counsel students on navigating flexibility without stigma from a potential employer?  Hear from both perspectives of the recruitment process and learn how to use flexibility to recruit and retain your next generation of superstars!

Investing In Your Success: Preparing Yourself For Sponsorship

April 2016

Featuring — Ritu Bhasin, LL.B., MBA, Principal & Founder, bhasin consulting inc.

Are you ready to be sponsored and be a sponsor? Sponsorship is a highly effective approach to advancing career development. It’s more than just mentoring or a passive relationship – it’s an investment relationship that requires winning the confidence of others and building and sustaining relationship capital. In this session, global inclusion specialist Ritu Bhasin will discuss key strategies and tools for becoming “sponsor-ready” from the individual and organizational perspectives.

More Women Need Seats at the Table

February 2016

Featuring — Roberta D. Liebenberg, Senior Partner, Fine, Kaplan and Black, R.P.C., Justice Fernande Duffly, Associate Justice, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and Beth Kaufman, Partner, Schoeman, Updike & Kaufman LLP

Roberta D. Liebenberg, co-author of the new ABA Report, First Chairs at Trial: More Women Need Seats at the Table, along with Justice Fernande Duffly and Beth Kaufman, will highlight the report’s findings, lead the discussion on why more women litigators need a seat at the trial table, and how women can get there. Each of the presenters will highlight their own experiences (both in front of and behind the bench) and provide recommendations on how to start closing the gender gap in the courtroom.

2015 Seminars

Saying No to Others and Saying Yes to Yourself

December 2015

Featuring — Sara Holtz, Founder & CEO, ClientFocus

There’s no doubt that business development is a key to success.  But how do we avoid the pitfalls of over-extending, over-exhausting, and over-committing ourselves to things all in the name of business development? Learning to say no is just as important to your personal and professional success. Listen as Sara Holtz, Founder & CEO of ClientFocus and author of Bringin’ in the Rain, guides us through the art of saying no to take back control of what really matters and enhances our careers.

Pitching Success: Six Ways to Guarantee Your Pitch Cuts Through the Clutter

November 2015

Featuring — Suzanne Franchetti, President, Franchetti Communications

You have only a few moments to capture someone’s attention…How do you reduce the risk of being just another distraction? Effective pitching is directly related to your bottom line. Suzanne Franchetti will lead participants through the Six Ways to Guarantee Your Pitch Cuts Through the Clutter.  This process, specifically designed for legal and professional services audiences, will provide the missing links to your presentation and media communication efforts.  Whether you’re speaking to one person in an informal meeting, a large crowd at an industry event, or preparing to speak with the news media – partners, associates, and corporate legal teams will benefit from these messaging strategies.

Creating Women's Initiatives with Impact

September 2015

Featuring — Kit ChaskinPartner and Global Director of the Women’s Initiative Network, Reed Smith and Sally Olson, Chief Diversity Officer, Sidley Austin

Are your women’s initiatives waning?  Are the majority of your regrettable losses female attorneys? Good intentions don’t always equal positive results, but action is needed. Kit and Sally will discuss their firms’ successes with creating women’s initiatives with IMPACT! Manar Morales of the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance will also discuss best practices with leading change through your initiatives. Learn how to overcome the organizational challenges when creating and sustaining a successful women’s initiative and retain your top talent!

Done! Time Management Strategies For Regaining Command Of Your Day

June 2015

Featuring — Paul H. Burton, Founder & Principal, QuietSpacing LLC

In this age of hyper-connectedness, the world seems to spin faster and faster. No matter how hard or long we work, we often finish the day right where we started. Paul will delve into best practices for staying focused, getting more done, and enjoying greater personal and professional satisfaction and will give straightforward guidance to put you back in charge of your work and success. Using any or all of the principles discussed, participants can gain six plus minutes of productivity a day which adds up to twenty-four hours of additional productivity a year. That’s three days of work off your desk!

Covering Continued: Updates on Data from Within US Law Firms

April 2015

Featuring — Kenji Yoshino, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law, NYU School of Law

Drawing on Professor Yoshino’s award-winning book, “Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights,” this seminar will address the phenomenon of covering — the strategy of downplaying outsider attributes to blend into the mainstream. While his previous presentation (at the Alliance’s 2014 Annual Conference) focused on covering in the Fortune 500, this update will examine data gathered specifically from law firms. Professor Yoshino will discuss the incidence and costs of covering for individuals and law firms and explore possible solutions.

Onwards & Upwards: Building a Successful On-Ramping Program

February 2015

Featuring — Laura Acosta, Firm-wide Manager of Diversity and Professional Development, Goodwin Procter LLP and Kristen Page, Partner, Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP

On-ramping is one of the best ways to retain talented lawyers. It’s also inexpensive, measurably effective, and helps attorneys transition smoothly back from leave with the option of working reduced hours for a limited period of time without having to apply or request permission. More importantly, returning attorneys are given the support they need to successfully ramp back up to their full practice levels. Laura and Kristen will share how their firms have successfully implemented on-ramping policies and how to start them in your organizations.

2014 Seminars

How to Write a Business Plan for Partners: Four Questions to Address

December 2014

Featuring — Sara Holtz, Founder & CEO, ClientFocus

Business development skills don’t stop once an attorney makes partner – if anything, these skills are even more essential at this level. Sara will lead participants through the essential questions partners need to ask as they map out their business development plan for the new year.

Top 10 Rainmaker Best Practices for Associates

November 2014

Featuring — Tasneem Goodman, Partner, Akina Corporation

Market conditions have brought the legal profession to the realization that success in a law firm depends, at least in part, on all attorneys’ — including associates — ability to develop business. Business development skills cannot magically be switched on once an attorney reaches partnership.  Just as associates’ and their firms’ expectations have changed around business development, both parties have a role to play in advancing the skills they need to become successful rainmakers.

Tasneem will share the fundamentals of business development, as well as the individual strategies associates can use and organizational solutions firms can implement to sow the seeds for rainmaking.

Self-Advocacy & Your Negotiation Plan: Praising Yourself to Inspire Others

September 2014

Featuring — Victoria Pynchon, Co-Founder, She Negotiates, LLC

It’s review time…are you ready?  Do you know how to be a self advocate or are you relying on someone else to advocate on your behalf?  Think again – be ready to learn, advance, and market yourself to supervisors, management, and partners by starting to think “it’s about me!” as you write your glory statement or negotiation plan.

Victoria will teach participants how to prepare for their career advancement through strategic self advocacy and negotiations.

Mindset, Grit & Resilience: Positive Change for Positive Results

July 2014

Featuring — Milana Hogan, Director of Recruiting & Professional Development, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Highlighting her extensive research and work showcased through the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession’s Grit Project, Milana will teach the science behind mindset, grit and resilience – and more importantly, how these common traits are integral in the careers of successful women lawyers. Participants will be provided with the tools to access and implement these traits and learn how to enhance the active retention and promotion of women in the profession.

Working Well: Connecting Wellness to Work-Life Control

May 2014

Featuring — Mark Goldberg, Global Wellness Manager, Latham & Watkins LLP and Carol Vitelli, Manager of Wellness Programs, White & Case LLP

There is growing attention to wellness programs and the importance they play in building resilience, decreasing absenteeism, and increasing morale.  But wellness is also an essential tool to achieving work-life control just as work-life control is essential to your overall well-being.  Making this connection successful is critical in the legal environment where stress, poor eating habits, and a stationary lifestyle are pervasive.

Mark and Carol will discuss the fundamental connections between wellness and work-life control by highlighting the business case and the strategy, implementation, and marketing processes of wellness programs as part of our collective efforts to realizing a happy, healthy, positive, and flexible workforce.

Leveraging Social Capital

February 2014

Featuring — Robert Nelson, Director, American Bar Foundation and Ellen Ostrow, Founding Principal, Lawyers Life Coach LLP

Social capital is not just your network; it’s the by-product of your efforts to contribute to the success of others.  In general, majority groups tend to have more social capital due to the ease of developing networks, while women and diverse attorneys are often excluded from these powerful circles.

Robert and Ellen will highlight ways women and diverse attorneys can strategically forge relationships with powerful allies via reciprocity and social capital and provide the latest research on how attorneys in the minority are (or are not) leveraging their social capital and the statistical effects of this on the legal profession.

2013 Seminars

Looking Ahead: Your Business Development Plan for 2014

December 2013

Featuring — Sara Holtz, Founder & CEO, ClientFocus

Sara is a noted business development coach for women lawyers and the author of “Bringin’ in the Rain: A Women Lawyer’s Guide to Business Development.” She will discuss the eight steps you need to take to develop a concrete action plan to grow your practice and career in 2014.

How Women Can Be Sponsor Ready

November 2013

Featuring — Ritu Bhasin, Principal & Founder, bhasin consulting inc.

Ritu will discuss key strategies and tools for becoming “sponsor-ready” from the individual and organizational perspectives.

What If I Say the Wrong Thing? An Open Conversation with Verna Myers

November 2013

Featuring — Verna Myers, Founder & President, Verna Myers Consulting Group (VMCG)

Verna will educate, engage, and entertain participants with an open and honest conversation about the difficult talks we all have had (or need to have) with co-workers, management, and people we meet in life.

Demystifying Generational Differences

July 2013

Featuring — Lauren Stiller Rikleen, President, Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership

The Millennial generation is entering the workplace in increasing numbers, and many senior leaders are experiencing the challenges of managing a multi-generational workforce. Lauren will present findings from her research (and upcoming book) on Millennials, dispelling many of the myths surrounding this generation and providing practical advice for strengthening intergenerational relationships.

Effective Management for Flex Success™: Supervising Flexible Work Lawyers

February 2013

Featuring — Cynthia Thomas Calvert, Principal, Workforce 21C & Senior Advisor, The Diversity & Flexibility Alliance

The success of flexible work programs depends on the partners supervising the lawyers who are working flexibly. Manage well and the firm prospers; make too many mistakes and costs rise, productivity tanks, and clients complain. Cynthia will discuss of best practices for supervising lawyers who work nontraditional schedules. Learn the three keys to effective management of flex workers, and the worst mistake that supervisors can make. Throughout the presentation, Cynthia will provide tips to make your work life easier as you manage flex lawyers.

2012 Seminars

The Next Level of Intelligence and Strategies for the Advancement of Women in Law

December 2012

Featuring — Dr. Arin Reeves, President, Nexticons

Although the commitment to advancing women in the legal professional has increased considerably over the last decade, the progress we have actually achieved has not kept up with the commitment. Research shows that the efforts undertaken to advance as far as we have are not the same efforts that will allow us to advance to the next level. This seminar will explore how we can use the new intelligence available to us to get to the next level of women’s advancement.

Organizational Solutions for Successful On-Ramping

September 2012

Law firms and legal departments have been putting together targeted “on-ramping” or “phase back” programs to help their attorneys transition smoothly on and off of leave. The programs have been well-received by lawyers and are proving to stem unwanted attrition, especially of new parents. During this seminar, three Alliance member firms who have launched, managed, and measured on-ramping programs will share best practices for starting or building upon your organization’s own program.

Asking for What You Need to Succeed in Business Development

June 2012

Featuring — Sara Holtz, Founder & CEO, ClientFocus

Sara will lead participants through an in-depth discussion of the eight step process necessary for creating a successful business development plan.

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For more information about the Signature Seminar Series, contact Eliza Musallam.