I was honored to present at the 2019 PDI on “Sponsorship for Diversity: Meeting Client Expectations,” together with Shehzad Hasan and Jasmine Cooper from Steptoe & Johnson, and Duncan Logan, VP and Associate General Counsel of MetLife. We spoke about the development and design of Steptoe’s sponsorship program, and discussed how that program met MetLife’s expectations for its outside counsel to increase diversity through sponsorship.
The College of Law Practice Management held its 2019 Futures Conference in Nashville. I served as chair of the InnovAction Award Committee this year, and we were pleased to give the 2019 awards to Suffolk University Law School and Siskind Susser, PC.
Leverage Mentoring to Accelerate Change
It was an honor to speak on the topic “Leverage Mentoring to Accelerate Change” at the Women’s Bar Leadership Summit in San Francisco.
Hastings Leadership Academy for Women
The Hastings Leadership Academy for Women is an executive education course that prepares women law firm partners and in-house counsel to stride confidently to the highest levels of success in their firms and organizations, their communities and the legal profession. Registration is limited, so anyone interested should sign up immediately.
A Fireside Chat on Mentoring and Gender with Ida Abbott
The Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association Women in IP June event will be a “fireside chat” about mentoring and gender, especially in the wake of #MeToo. The program is being co-sponsored by and held at Venable LLP. The event is not specific to intellectual property law and is open to attorneys in all practice groups. Both men and women are welcome and encouraged to come. You can learn more and register here.
Opportunities and Optimism after 69
I led a lively and fascinating discussion at my 50th reunion at Smith College. Sixty percent of our class attended and what a group it was! The vast majority of these women married and had long careers, many are still working, most were and are politically and intellectually engaged, and all had great stories to tell.
The Importance of Staying Curious
Nora Riva Bergman’s wonderful new book, “50 Lessons for Women Lawyers from Women Lawyers,” has just been published. I was privileged to contribute one of the lessons, “Stay Curious,” which emphasizes the importance for your career success and lifelong happiness of staying open to new and challenging ideas and experiences. You can read my lesson here. You can also learn more about the book and the contributors, and read excerpts from all the lessons, here.
Life after 60: Planning for What Comes Next
I will conduct a webinar sponsored by the Smith College Alumnae Association about designing your future after age 60. It is open to the public. You can register here.
LWOW X Composium
This year’s Law Without Walls Composium for LWOW X takes place virtually, as does all our team’s work. It’s always exciting and inspiring to see the amazing ideas and projects presented by the immensely talented students who participate from all over the world. I am again privileged to be a mentor to one of the teams.
Lighting the Way: Mentor Access and Its Impact on Success and Mobility
The Seventh Circuit Bar Association Diversity and Inclusion Committee is sponsoring a program in Milwaukee on the importance of mentoring, and I am honored to participate.
Book Review: The Lawyer’s Guide to Mentoring
Rebecca Normand-Hochman wrote a wonderful review of my book, The Lawyer’s Guide to Mentoring, in the October issue of Modern Legal Practice. Read it here: Book Review LGM2
High-quality mentoring and sponsorship can increase diversity and inclusion
The October 2018 issue of Modern Legal Practice contains a host of interesting articles. I’m honored that one of my articles is among them. It discusses the importance of focusing on high-quality mentoring and sponsorship to promote inclusion as well as diversity. The article also discusses cross-gender mentoring and sponsorship in the wake of #MeToo, and describes some specific initiatives that are showing promising results.
IMA Interview with Ida Abbott, Esq.
I’m honored to be featured in this interview for the International Mentoring Association.
Mentoring & Sponsorship: The Key to Gender Diversity in Leadership
I presented a webinar on Mentoring & Sponsorship: The Key to Gender Diversity in Leadership” for Chronus, a mentoring software company. The recording and slides are available here.