Our bi-monthly Signature Seminar Series are webinars that explore a mix of organizational solutions and individual strategies related to inclusion, retention, and workplace flexibility. Presented by leading industry experts, these virtual seminars are open to all professionals at Alliance member organizations.
Recordings are available to members in the member resource center for the 30 days following the live presentation date.
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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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 Hoey, Author 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 Forbes.com and GOBankingRates.com 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.
Others work while we sleep. That has never been more true than it is today. Technology speeds communications up while response time expectations shrink. Organizations constantly grow, physically and geographically, 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 facilitate that goal.– Demonstrating Global Leadership. Leadership is a state of mind, regardless of title or position. Here are six ways we can regularly demonstrate leadership on a global basis.
Attending this program you will:
– Gain a clear understanding of how our actions impact the global workplace
– Learn eighteen ways to work better together, get our work done and lead others.
– Use traditional and cloud-based exercise tools to enhance engagement and your understanding of the materials.
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.
Featuring – Joann Lublin, Author of Earning It: Hard-Won Lessons From Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World and Management News Editor, The Wall Street JournalJoann Lublin kicked off our 2018 Signature Seminar Series with highlights and lessons learned from interviews from her acclaimed book
Featuring – Verna Myers, Founder and Chief Cultural Innovator, The Verna Myers Group
Our society is at a crossroads. Political views, race, class, gender, and geography are dividing us more than ever. We are pulling back from one another, drawing the idea of family and community too small, clinging to people who are “like” us, and being afraid of, or angry with, the “other.” But separation and retrenchment are not the way forward. We cannot get discouraged, paralyzed or distraught in a time of dissension. To overcome the epidemic of hatred, bigotry, and oppression, we need to expand and reimagine a more inclusive community and society. We each need to stand up and act – we need to commit to reaching across our differences instead of giving in to isolation, fear, and hostility.
In this compelling talk, Verna shares her vision of how we can all move forward, using her four Cs of progress – Cultural Curiosity, Compassion, Consciousness, and Courage. Participants will leave energized and with practical tools for connecting in small and large ways to people who are different.
Featuring – Dr. Lauren Rivera (Kellogg School of Management), author of Pedigree: How Elite Students Get Elite JobsDr. Lauren Rivera, Associate Professor of Management & Organizations at Kellogg School of Management, started this session by presenting research from her book, Pedigree: How Elite Students Get Elite Jobs, which examines class bias in hiring in top-tier law firms, investment banks and management consulting firms. Attendees explored how the use of on-campus recruiting and cultural fit in hiring can simultaneously prevent professional service firms from diversifying and result in sub-optimal hiring decisions.
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 began with that process. We discussed the very fundamentals of how our brains react to language and communications styles as well as provided resources and tools for you to take back and use in real-time with your colleagues.
Rachael Bosch, Managing Director of Fringe Professional Development, 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.
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.
Featuring — Paul H. Burton, Founder & Principal, QuietSpacing LLCDo 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.
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.
December 2016Featuring — 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
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 LLPJoin us for our November Signature Seminar Series teleconference and hear from previous Spotlight on Flex interviewees and Flex Success™ AwardHonorees 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!
Featuring — Paul H. Burton, Founder & Principal, QuietSpacing LLCManaging 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.
June 2016Featuring — Kori Carew, Director of Strategic Diversity Initiatives, Shook, Hardy & Bacon & Kia Scipio, Associate Director, Georgetown University Law CenterWe 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!
April 2016Featuring — 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.
February 2016Featuring — 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 LLPRoberta 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.
December 2015Featuring – Sara Holtz, Founder & CEO, ClientFocusThere’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.
November 2015Featuring – Suzanne Franchetti, President, Franchetti CommunicationsYou 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.
September 2015Featuring – Kit Chaskin, Partner and Global Director of the Women’s Initiative Network, Reed Smith and Sally Olson, Chief Diversity Officer, Sidley AustinAre 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!
June 2015Featuring – Paul H. Burton, Founder & Principal, QuietSpacing LLCIn 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!
Featuring — Kenji Yoshino, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law, NYU School of LawDrawing 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.
February 2015Featuring — Laura Acosta, firm-wide Manager of Diversity and Professional Development, Goodwin Procter LLP and Kristen Page, Partner and Flex Policy Advisor, Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLPOn-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.
December 2014Featuring — Sara Holtz, Founder & CEO, ClientFocusBusiness 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.
November 2014Featuring — Tasneem Goodman, Partner, Akina CorporationMarket 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.
September 2014Featuring — Victoria Pynchon, Co-Founder, She Negotiates, LLCIt’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.
July 2014Featuring — Milana Hogan, Director of Recruiting & Professional Development, Sullivan & Cromwell LLPHighlighting 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.
May 2014Featuring — Mark Goldberg, Global Wellness Manager, Latham & Watkins LLP and Carol Vitelli, Manager of Wellness Programs, White & Case LLPThere 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.
February 2014Featuring — Robert Nelson, Director, American Bar Foundation and Ellen Ostrow, Founding Principal, Lawyers Life Coach LLPSocial 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.
December 2013Featuring — Sara Holtz, Founder & CEO, ClientFocusSara 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.
November 2013Featuring — Ritu Bhasin, Principal & Founder, bhasin consulting inc.Ritu will discuss key strategies and tools for becoming “sponsor-ready” from the individual and organizational perspectives.
November 2013Featuring — 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.
July 2013Featuring — Lauren Stiller Rikleen, President, Rikleen Institute for Strategic LeadershipThe 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.
February 2013Featuring — Cynthia Thomas Calvert, Principal, Workforce 21C & Senior Advisor, Diversity & Flexibility AllianceThe 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.
December 2012Featuring — Dr. Arin Reeves, President,NexticonsAlthough 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.
September 2012Law 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.
June 2012Featuring — Sara Holtz, Founder & CEO, ClientFocusSara will lead participants through an in-depth discussion of the eight step process necessary for creating a successful business development plan.
Recordings are available to members for the first 30 days following each seminar.