Welcome to Ida Abbott Consulting

where we focus on mentoring and sponsorship to help employers develop and retain legal talent, help individuals accelerate their careers, and help partners and law firms plan for leadership and retirement transitions.

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Consulting, personal mentoring and coaching, sponsorship promotion, training and speaking

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Focus on Mentoring

Building relationships that support professional development, career success, diversity, leadership and retirement

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Knowledge and insights that benefit organizations and individuals

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Hear my interview “We Can All Use a Champion,” on the ALPS blog, on Podbean or on YouTube.

Lawyers Guide to Mentoring by Ida Abbott

Listen to the NAWL Book Club discussion about The Lawyer’s Guide to Mentoring.

A Breakfast for Champions is designed to bring men into the conversation, inform and encourage them, and get them to sponsor women. Read more

Ida Abbott was the first person we turned to when we began to design our mentoring programs, and we relied on her from the early, conceptual stages all the way through the implementation and maintenance phases.  We all read her book a million times and referred to it fondly as the “Mentoring Bible.”  My copy of the book looks plenty worse for the wear—each page is heavily highlighted and my notes and comments appear in practically every margin.  It’s so battered that I can’t even lend it out anymore, so we had to buy another copy for other members of the department to use!

-- Milana Rossi, Sullivan & Cromwell