2021 Signature Seminar

Friday, September 17, 1:00pm EST

Featuring Manar Morales, President & CEO, The Diversity & Flexibility Alliance.

As many organizations implement their Return to Office plans, it’s critical that flexibility is woven into the fabric of your organizational culture. Join Alliance President & CEO, Manar Morales, as she walks you through the strategies and support systems that are essential to the success of your hybrid workforce. Don’t miss this important seminar which will provide you with detailed guidance on how to maintain your organization’s unique culture while navigating this new phase in the evolution of the future of the workplace.

2021 Signature Seminar

Thursday, July 22, 2021 Thursday, 1:00pm EST

Featuring Tasneem Khokha, Managing Director, GrowthPlay

The year 2020 drastically changed business development for most lawyers. And as things continue to evolve, so do the opportunities and challenges of business development. Now more than ever, investing in authentic relationship building and looking for ways to be a valuable resource to clients is crucial. Putting this into action is especially critical for diverse lawyers, whose ability to stay close to clients and potential clients now will position them well for ongoing success.

This program will equip participants with practical tactics and a renewed approach to creating business development momentum now and into the future. In particular, this program will address:

  • Why staying connected and investing in relationships matters now more than ever
  • How to stay connected when the rules of engagement—especially in person—are constantly evolving
  • Business development activities that are relevant and timely in the current environment and how to prioritize them
  • The more things change, the more they stay the same—a reinforcement of business development best practices that apply in any condition

2021 Signature Seminar

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 2:00 pm ET

Featuring Paul H. Burton, founder of QuietSpacing.

Others work while we sleep. That has never been truer than it is today. Technology speeds communications up while response time expectations shrink. Organizations grow larger and more distributed, casting people and projects far and near. The only certainty is that this trend will continue for the foreseeable future.

Keeping up with globalism is a daunting prospect. How can we stay abreast without losing sight of the purpose for participating – enjoying rewarding personal and professional lives? What choices do we have and what actions can we take to best serve our clients, our loved ones and ourselves?

This program explores those questions, offering up eighteen suggestions on how to make the most of the time we have in this rapidly expanding playing field. We’ll address the following topics

  • Leveraging Distributed Work Environments. Working with people distributed across differing geographic locations is challenging. Consider these six suggestions on how to leverage this environment.
  • Running the Day Productively. Getting the work done is always Priority One. Here are six ways to accomplish that goal.
  • Demonstrating Leadership. Leadership is a state of mind, regardless of title or position. Choose from these six ways to demonstrate leadership on a global basis.

The workplace grows more global every day. We can react to that fact or we can lean in and participate. Choose to participate by attending this program.

2021 Signature Seminar

Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 1:00 pm ET

Featuring Julie Holunga, Principal & Executive Coach of Chinook Executive Solutions

Problems typically begin with an unaddressed conflict. Unresolved breakdowns in communication are costly, and if left unaddressed, can derail a team, division, or company. Miscommunication is a precursor to conflict, and is draining your resources: productivity, people, and money. Creating mutual understanding and awareness is essential to your success, whether you’re developing a high-performing team, resolving a potentially explosive employee issue, or negotiating with a client.

In this powerful session, participants will gain insights into their natural responses to conflict, learn the strengths and preferences of their own communication styles, and build constructive behaviors to handle conflict. Participants will learn to:

  • Build personal and professional trust between employees
  • Develop and innovate solutions to everyday issues
  • Reduce time spent in (or avoiding!) conflict

Isn’t it time to stop paying the high cost of miscommunication and conflict? This dynamic presentation is designed for professionals who are ready to stop avoiding inevitable conflict and invest in their success. When we are conflict competent, we are engaged, productive, and innovative problem solvers, and that can’t help but impact the bottom line.

2021 Signature Seminar

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 1:00 pm ET

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

A global pandemic, unprecedented shifts in how we work, and a national reckoning on race have made 2020 a year of accelerating and amplifying conversations around the future of work. As you look to 2021 and the new challenges and opportunities it will bring, join Manar Morales as she shares insights gleaned from the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance’s recent conversations with the heads of law firms, corporations, and associations around the country. Now is the time to spearhead discussions about what worked and didn’t work during COVID-19, how the pandemic has impacted your teams – particularly women and diverse employees – and how flexible work arrangements can lead to an even more successful and collaborative culture.

2021 Signature Seminar

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 1:00 pm ET

Featuring Cara Alter, author of The Credibility Code and Founder of Speechskills.

Work From Home is the new reality.  And while we may relish the benefits, many of us are missing some aspects of the work experience that brought us the most satisfaction—a sense of community, authentic human connections, and the opportunity to collaborate toward a shared purpose. So how do we promote community and team cohesion even in a virtual workspace? Designed specifically for people who lead virtual meetings or manage remote teams, this seminar provides practical strategies for bringing more humanity to the virtual experience.


  • Creating engagement while discouraging multitasking
  • Integrating moments of human connection—even when time is short
  • Understanding virtual meeting fatigue and how to minimize it
  • Leveraging platform features to increase interaction
  • Encouraging more equity in participation among team members
  • Onboarding new team members into previously established team

2021 Signature Seminar

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 – 1:00pm ET

Featuring Vipula Gandhi, Head of US Enterprise & Managing Partner, Gallup

Vipula will share Gallup’s latest research on employee wellbeing and highlights from their latest book, Wellbeing at Work: How to Build Resilient & Thriving Teams

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 – 1:00 – 2:15 pm EST

Featuring – Rachael Bosch, Founder of Fringe Professional Development

There has been a lot of talk about civility in the news over the past few years but there are still so many misconceptions about what civility means and why you should engage in it. In this webinar, we will discuss the research behind civility both inside and out of the legal industry. We will share the documented impacts of civility and psychological safety in teams and organizations. You will also hear the latest insights into how organizations are using civility in their cultural and leadership development plans.

After spending more than a decade in legal talent management, Rachael Bosch founded Fringe Professional Development with the goal of helping people communicate better at work. Fringe is a training and coaching company that combines neuroscience-based learning techniques with customized and progressive programming. Our mission is to help ambitious, high-achieving professionals excel in their careers through improved communication skills. Rachael holds a brain-based coaching certification through the NeuroLeadership Institute as well as certificates of Women in Leadership and Mediating Disputes from Cornell University and Harvard Law School. She is an active member of the invitation-only Forbes Coaches Council and is certified to train and deliver both the DISC behavioral assessment and the EQi 2.0© emotional intelligence index.

Thursday, July 16, 2020 – 1:00 – 2:15 pm EST

Featuring – Mary Abbajay, President of Careerstone Group.

Personality preferences and communication styles play a significant role in our interactions with coworkers, team members, supervisors, and staff members. Working successfully with others requires developing self-awareness and an understanding of how we, as individuals, impact others—both positively and negatively. In this high-spirited webinar, participants will gain heightened awareness of their own distinctive personality type, communication style and preferred ways of working with others. This interactive and eye-opening webinar helps participants understand their own personalities, personal strengths and potential areas for improvement. Participants learn to:

  • Raise awareness around preferred work style and behaviors—of self and others.
  • Increase understanding about how they communicate, receive information and make decisions.
  • Develop insight into their own style and the style of others.
  • Develop flexibility during workplace interaction in order to interact effectively with people who have different personalities and communication styles.
  • Understand how personality type impacts leadership and teamwork.

The Careerstone Group is a full service organizational and leadership development consultancy that delivers leading-edge talent and organizational development solutions to business and government.  Mary is also the author of Managing Up: How to Move Up, Win at Work and Succeed with Any Type of Boss.

Thursday, June 4, 2020 – 1:00 – 2:15 pm EST

Featuring – Christine Clapp, President of Spoken With Authority

Just a few weeks ago, proficiency in technology-mediated communication was optional; today, it is essential for connecting with colleagues, clients, and other stakeholders who are located in another part of the city, state, country, or world. In Become a Virtual Meeting Virtuoso, Spoken with Authority will equip you with expert tips on your content, physical setting, technology setup, and speaking style that will dramatically improve your confidence and effectiveness in virtual meetings and presentations.

In this session, you will:

  • Identify ways to adapt meeting agendas and presentations for technology-mediated communication
  • Explore strategies for optimizing video conference platforms
  • Review etiquette of speaking online
  • Learn the fundamentals of executive presence and the nuances of conveying confidence in online speaking situations