Learning… Leadership… Retaining talent… Diversity & inclusion… Career transitions…Professionalism
These are some of the areas where mentoring can make a significant impact.
My mission has always been to help employers develop and retain the finest talent, and to create work environments where talented professionals stay productive and engaged, become successful leaders, and achieve their highest potential. Mentoring is integral to that process and has been a major focus of my practice for more than 25 years. I work on every aspect of mentoring, including sponsorship and coaching, with individuals, firms and companies across industries and work environments.
Why mentoring? Mentoring is powerful. It is personal, based on a trusting relationship. A mentor cares about you, supports you and is committed to your success. At its best, mentoring can be transformative, both personally and professionally. Even limited mentoring relationships can produce important benefits for individuals, employers and the legal profession. For those committed to increasing diversity in the legal profession, mentoring can be an effective way to retain diverse talent and create a more inclusive culture.
Sponsorship is an advanced form of mentoring in which influential or powerful individuals serve as advocates and promote your career advancement. Sponsorship becomes more important as your career progresses, because the stakes grow higher and the competition for partnership, leadership, and resources intensifies. Because of the particular importance of sponsorship in the advancement of women and minorities, many clients enlist my services to make sponsorship a component of their diversity and inclusion efforts.
You will find many resources about mentoring and sponsorship on my website, so please look around. Those resources include several books and publications, including The Lawyer’s Guide to Mentoring, 2d Ed., and Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know.
If you would like to retain my services in these areas, please contact me.