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2023 Leadership Symposium | Session 1

Insights into Effective Team Building


Dr. Milana Hogan, author of the ABA report Leveraging Grit and Growth Mindset to Drive Team Success

Ben Sachs, author of All Rise: Practical Tips for Building High-Performance Legal Teams

July 18, 2023 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET

Attorneys need high-performing teams that can work well under pressure. But in many organizations, especially large firms, attorneys are often left on their own to figure out how to build their teams, resulting in inconsistent and haphazard management that makes even the best performers feel like cogs in a machine. Further, as leaders in legal organizations strive to create cultures of well being and resilience in their organizations, creating gritty and growth mindset teams not only fosters an environment for lawyers to do their best work but creates an environment that increases health and wellness and decreases burnout. Join us for a fireside chat led by the Alliance’s Manar Morales where Dr. Milana Hogan, an expert in grit and growth mindset, Ben Sachs, an expert in management, strategy, and negotiation will share their research and expertise on the practical tools needed to impact the development of successful and engaged teams in the legal industry and beyond.

This event is open to all individuals at Champion and Leader member organizations. If you are an Advocate member and would like to learn more about purchasing access to the Leadership Symposium, contact Angela Whitehead Quigley.

Learn more about the Leadership Symposium here.

While our annual conference is going virtual this year, one thing that hasn’t changed is our commitment to bringing an incredible line-up of inspirational speakers to share their expertise and unique insights. Over the next couple of months we’ll be introducing you to these dynamic and engaging leaders by sharing some of their personal and career advice. Join us for our 2020 Annual Conference, Moments of Impact: Transforming Organizational Culture on November 5 to learn more from these remarkable trailblazers!

Today, we are honored to introduce Garry Ridge, Chairman & CEO, WD-40 Company and this year’s keynote speaker.  In his presentation “It’s All About the People – Don’t Be a Soul Sucking CEO,” Garry will provide a look “under the hood” of one of the world’s most recognized brands, where employee engagement is above 93% and 98% say they “love to work at WD-40 Company.”  He’ll share his unique insights into the value of the emotional connection to a greater purpose, the importance of investing in people who invest in themselves, and the difference between a “team” and a “tribe.”


Diversity & Flexibility Alliance: What was the most meaningful piece of leadership advice you have received?
Garry Ridge: It’s not about you.


DFA: Who has had the most influence on your career?
GR: Ken Blanchard


DFA: What have you learned during COVID that has changed your perspective?
GR: In times of great and real need, people can pivot around fear.


DFA: How do you pay it forward?
GR: By sharing my “learning moments” – being a giver not a taker.


DFA: What can we be doing to create more inclusive organizations?
GR: Listen, be vulnerable, be mindful, and forgive everyone for being human.


DFA: What book is on your nightstand?

GR: Why Are We Yelling: The Art of Productive Disagreement by Buster Benson


Don’t miss your opportunity to hear more from Garry Ridge and all of our dynamic and inspirational speakers on November 5.  Register today.