Issue 43, Spring 2016

Happy springtime! This has been a very productive period for me, with many exciting projects in the US and abroad. Sales of my book Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know remain strong, and the growing interest in sponsorship in law and other fields has led to both gratifying consulting engagements and stirring events that celebrate champions for women. Internationally, my work on mentoring for lawyers in the Middle East continues, and I am engaged in a new leadership initiative for women lawyers in Australia. I have also had several articles and interviews published that I am glad to share with you.

This newsletter provides information and links about events, articles and resources that I hope will interest you. If you have questions about any of them, and if you have any inquiries about Breakfast for Champions or other services I offer, please contact me.

Recent Publications

Breaking down barriers to mentoring across differences describes how I overcame significant cultural differences in the mentoring work I am doing in Istanbul with lawyers from the Middle East.

Come In and Make Yourself Uncomfortable, in Law Practice Today, published by the Law Practice Division of the ABA, March 15, 2016, discusses why and how to overcome any discomfort women and men may feel in order to form sponsor-protégée relationships.

Networking with Men: A Key to Career Success, in The Docket, published by the Denver Bar Association, February 29, 2016, discusses why and how women must network with men.

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Upcoming Events

National Legal Mentoring Conference

May 5, 2016 - May 7, 2016

Denver, CO: This is the premier mentoring conference for the legal profession, and it only occurs every two years. This is the year, so if you are involved or interested in mentoring lawyers, register now! Featured speakers include:

  • Paulette Brown, President of the American Bar Association, and
  • Michael Schwartz, Dean of the University of Arkansas Law School, who is researching best mentoring practices for lawyers.

I will conduct a plenary session with Karen Hester of the Center for Legal Inclusiveness and Lisa Mickley of Hall & Evans LLC on how mentoring programs can promote diversity & inclusion.

Women in Law Hackathon

June 23, 2016 - June 24, 2016

I am proud to be an Advisor in the Women in Law Hackathon created by the Diversity Lab in collaboration with Stanford Law School and Bloomberg Law. The Hackathon is a Shark Tank style pitch competition designed to generate innovative strategies for advancing women in the legal profession. Teams will present their projects in a Pitch Competition at Stanford Law School on June 23-24, 2016. Bloomberg Law is granting $22,500 in prize money that the top three winning teams will donate to their choices of non-profit organizations that are advancing women in the legal profession and beyond.

2016 Hastings Leadership Academy for Women

July 27, 2016 - July 30, 2016

The Leadership Academy in San Francisco is the foremost leadership course for women law firm partners and experienced in-house counsel. It helps cultivate leadership skills and enables participants to increase their visibility and value to their organizations by leveraging their talents and abilities more strategically. Registration is open but space is extremely limited, so register now! 

Women in Legal Leadership Network (WLLNet) Institute Program

October 27, 2016 - October 29, 2016

WLLNet  is a new global initiative to encourage and support women lawyers in leadership roles. I am honored to be on the faculty of the inaugural WLLNet Institute Program in Brisbane, Australia for women leaders in the Asia-Pacific Region. Registration and additional information are available here.

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Media in which I am featured

CPA Trendlines has been publishing excerpts from my book, Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know. Women's career advancement and sponsorship are of concern to accounting and other professionals, not just lawyers. If you have friends and business contacts in accounting, send them the link to CPA Trendlines and let them know.

Don Hutcheson produces a podcast series entitled “Discover Your Talent–Do What You Love,” which features stories about how people in various fields discovered their true talents and used them to enjoy successful, happy lives. The series also includes interviews with experts who offer insights and advice to help others do the same. Don interviewed me about why women need more than mentors to get ahead. You can listen to the interview, "More Than Just a Mentor, Women Need a Champion," at or on itunes here.

In “Trends and Innovations Boosting Diversity in the Law and Beyond,” published in Law Practice Today on March 14, 2016, author Caren Stacey featured Breakfast for Champions at length, as an effective way to engage white men in diversity efforts.

Feminenglish Part V: Remedies for Lousy Communication is part of a series by Pam Woldow and Doug Richardson on improving communication between women and men. They quote me in this most recent series entry, published March 29, 2016. Read this entry and the other four!

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