Thursday, January 9 , 2020  1:00 – 2:00 pm EST

Featuring – Christine Clapp

Whether you’re in a meeting, on the phone, around the proverbial “water cooler,” at a conference, or anywhere else: your ability to speak with confidence will drive your career forward — just as a lack of confidence will frustratingly hold you back. In Develop Your Professional Presence, Spoken with Authority will offer an interactive and consciousness-raising webinar experience. If you participate fully, you will gain a set of powerful insights and practical strategies that will rapidly enhance your professional presence.


  • Explore the five elements of professional presence
  • Assess your personal strengths and weaknesses
  • Identify strategies for leveraging strengths and mitigating weaknesses
Christine will provide complimentary copies of her book to the first ten attendees to complete the webinar evaluation (and provide a mailing address).
Christine Clapp is the author of Presenting at Work: A Guide to Public Speaking in Professional Contexts and the president of Spoken with Authority, a Washington, D.C.-based presentation skills consultancy that explores the intersection of presentation skills and inclusion. Through training programs and coaching engagements, Christine and her team help professionals at law firms, corporations, associations, and non-profit organizations elevate their presence and expand their influence.
*Pre-work: Before the webinar, record on your phone or tablet a 60-90 second clip of your response to one of these questions:
  1. What does flexible work mean to you?
  2. If you could have all the flexibility in the world, what would it look like and how would it impact your ability to do your job?
You can do this quick exercise with a colleague before the webinar, or you can record yourself. Please speak standing up, record from the waist up, and make sure it’s a video (not a still photo or just an audio recording). You do NOT need to watch your recording before the webinar, and you will NEVER be asked to share it with others.
You’ll review your recording individually several times during the course of the webinar to raise awareness of your communication behaviors and to start improving them. Bring a pair of earbuds if you’ll be watching in a group setting. By doing this exercise ahead of time, you’ll ensure a robust learning experience.
Members should register in the Member Resource Center.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 1:00 – 2:00 pm EST

Featuring – Lauren Stiller Rikleen

When workplace colleagues engage in harassment, bullying, or demeaning behaviors, it can have a profoundly negative impact on the careers of others, affecting employee engagement, productivity, and even mental health. Too often, victims of workplace misconduct fear to report and bystanders also feel helpless and worried about retaliation.


Lauren Stiller Rikleen, author of The Shield of Silence: How Power Perpetuates a Culture of Harassment and Bullying in the Workplace, offers a timely and nuanced analysis of these challenges and describes specific strategies for creating a culture of respect and inclusion. Lauren will discuss how existing workplace structures and dynamics inherently thwart the very result that many policies claim to promote by serving as a protective shield around perpetrators and as a barrier that prevents victims from accessing the system that should offer them protection.

Examples of what you will learn in this program include:

  • Why sexual harassment is not about sex
  • How to protect and empower bystanders
  • Why the #MeToo backlash is a decoy
  • Strategies to create a respectful and inclusive workplace culture
Lauren’s presentation will also include findings from the survey she conducted in partnership with the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts: Survey of Workplace Conduct and Behaviors in Law Firms.
The recording is available to members in the Member Resource Center.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 1:00 – 2:00 pm EST

Featuring – Caroline Miller 

Hidden talents. Unused strengths. Unrealized goals. Women are often so busy meeting everyone else’s expectations that their own professional and personal goals get left behind.

Goal setting expert Caroline Adams Miller, author of Getting Grit, inspires women to put their innate strengths to use. She encourages women to become their authentic, ideal selves—not just who they feel they “ought” to be—and provides proven techniques to help them reach their full potential. In this fast-paced, energizing and research-based session, female leaders learn practical steps to create their best self in and out of the office, including how to:

– Identify strengths to increase success.

– Use the new science-based approach to set goals to achieve the best outcomes.
– Develop a supportive “web of influence”—women helping women.
– Build a culture of positive energizers.
– Cultivate a mindset of self-efficacy, resilience, optimism, and grit.

Thursday, May 2, 2019, 1:00 – 2:00 pm EST

Featuring – Tasneem Khokha, Managing Director, Growthplay


Time is one of our most valuable assets, particularly when it comes to business development. And yet, business development is a long-term pursuit, where we don’t often see the fruits of our labor until months and sometimes years later. As a result, even when we do make time for business development, it can be difficult to judge whether we’re investing that time wisely.

This workshop addresses the challenge we all face in making time for business development and how to ensure that the time we invest is well spent. In particular, this workshop will provide tools and best practices for:

– Choosing business development activities that are well-calibrated to create the results we want;

– Preparing for and following through on opportunities in a way that maximizes the results of our efforts;

– Leveraging our investment of time and resources to get the greatest return on our investment;

– Measuring the results of our efforts using both short and long-term metrics for success

Tasneem K. Khokha has spent almost 20 years in the professional services space working with lawyers and other professionals to grow their businesses and helping firms make the most of their relationships with their clients, their talent and their recruits. Prior to joining GrowthPlay, Tasneem was a partner and the Director of Marketing at Katten Muchin Rosenman. Tasneem previously practiced law in the corporate department of Latham & Watkins and in the restructuring group of Kirkland & Ellis.



Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 1:30 – 2:45 pm EST
Featuring – Lindsey Pollak 
Lindsey Pollak is one of the country’s leading experts on the millennial generation and today’s multigenerational workplace. Based on Lindsey Pollak’s new book of the same title, this presentation offers her latest insights into how to lead yourself and your organization in today’s unprecedentedly diverse and ever-changing times. This program is full of cutting-edge research, engaging anecdotes and actionable takeaways. Participants will:

– Receive a thorough understanding of each of the five generations in today’s workplace today – Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials, Generation Z – with a special focus on Millennials, the largest generation in today’s organization

– Build a personal toolkit of habits to communicate, build relationships and get more done with colleagues across all generations

– Learn the best practices of organizations and professionals across all industries who are succeeding with colleagues and clients/customers across all generations

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 1:00-2:15 EST

Featuring — Sally Helgesen, speaker, leadership coach and best-selling author of How Women Rise

In her session How Women Rise, Sally will draw on her best-selling book, co-authored with Marshall Goldsmith, about the behaviors most likely to hold successful women back as they seek to move to higher levels. She will show how the same behaviors that often serve women well early in their careers can undermine them as they assume greater responsibilities. And she’ll offer practical and proven ways to cultivate more effective habits.

While this program will be helpful to participants seeking to hone and develop their own leadership style, Sally’s primary focus will be on demonstrating how an understanding of the behaviors she and Marshall have identified can be useful to HR professionals seeking to help women reach their highest potential and maximize their contribution while creating stronger cultures of support.

*As a reminder, our Signature Seminar Series webinars are free and open to all Alliance organizations and their members as part of your paid member benefits. Any professional currently in a managerial role or looking to advance to a managerial role should attend. For more information, and to subscribe to Signature Seminar Series announcements, contact Eliza Musallam.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Featuring — Grace Speights, Morgan Lewis

Reports of workplace sexual harassment and sexual assault by high-profile individuals and high-level executives have captured the public’s attention. The #MeToo movement has led to more and more women sharing their experiences and has encouraged employees to speak out. As sexual harassment claims continue to come to light—with sometimes very public consequences—many employers are seeking a more proactive approach to reviewing harassment policies, response plans and practices, and workplace culture, and are taking new approaches to training employees, executives, and boards of directors on their obligations to ensure safe, respectful, and inclusive workplaces. In the current climate, it is prudent for all organizations to assess risk factors and implement measures and policies to minimize risks related to workplace harassment and misconduct. In this session, Grace Speights will share best practices and insight gained from her experience handling some of the most significant workplace harassment issues companies are facing today.

November 28, 2018

Featuring — Manar Morales, President & CEO of the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance

Is your organization a leader or a follower when it comes to your parental leave and on-ramping policies? In this month’s Signature Seminar, Manar Morales (the Alliance’s President & CEO) will highlight current trends/best practices with parental leave and on-ramping policies with insights from our Law Firm Flexibility Benchmarking Survey. She will discuss innovative ways organizations have been addressing these areas by focusing on:

– Enhancing the business case for expanded and best-in-class parental leave and on-ramping policies;

– Using firm metrics to link these policies to retention, recruitment, satisfaction, and diversity and inclusion;

– Developing, revamping, and implementing these policies by engaging firm leadership and effective communication to your workforce.

October 30, 2018 Featuring Kelly HoeyAuthor of “Build Your Dream Network: Forging Powerful Relationships In A Hyper-Connected World”

The key to finding that new client, coveted promotion, unexpected opportunity or next job (in a role or industry that may not even exist today) rests squarely in the networks you engage with and relationships you choose to build. In this webinar J. Kelly Hoey, Author of Build Your Dream Network: Forging Powerful Relationships In A Hyper-Connected World, contributor to and and (according to Fast Company) is 1 of the 25 Smartest Women On Twitter, shifts our perspective on the act (and art) of networking, dismantles networking misconceptions and provides a network-driven framework for navigating career goals.