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Confident Leadership – Know it, do it, be it!

April 11, 2017

I am honored and excited to be presenting a one-day course in Melbourne, Australia, on "Confident Leadership – Know it, do it, be it!" The course, which I will co-present with Jill Arkell, Executive Coach, AltusQ, Australia, on April 11, 2017, is the inaugural diversity & inclusion event sponsored by the Centre for Legal Innovation at the College of Law. More details and registration information are available here.

Association of Legal Administrators

April 4, 2017 - April 5, 2017

I will be in Denver April 4-5, speaking at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Association of Legal Administrators on "What’s Next? How to Help Senior Lawyers and Administrators Transition Out of Practice."

Mentoring Interview

March 14, 2017

WA State Bar's MentorLink program has posted a 90-minute video in which I discuss with Tim Jaasko-Fisher many aspects of mentoring. The information is relevant and valuable for individuals and programs. 

Global Professional Development Roundtable

March 6, 2017 - March 7, 2017

The next meeting of the Global PD Roundtable will be held March 6-7, 2017 in San Francisco, CA. Roundtable membership is open to talent management and professional development leaders in global law firms. For information about the Roundtable and the meeting agenda, and to register for the meeting, please IdaAbbott [at] aol [dot] com (contact me).

ABA Rule of Law Initiative on Mentoring

February 2, 2017 - February 7, 2017

February 2-7, I will be in Tbilisi, Georgia, with the ABA Rule of Law Initiative to evaluate the lawyer mentoring program in the Middle East that I have written about in the past. You can read about that project here.

Washington State Bar

January 31, 2017

On January 31, I will be presenting a Legal Lunchbox CLE webcast on "Mentorship Fundamentals: Best Practices for Strengthening Your Skills as an Attorney Mentor or Mentee” with Tim Jaasko-Fisher for the Washington State Bar MentorLink Program. 

Professional Development Institute

December 1, 2016 - December 2, 2016

On December 2, 2016, at the Professional Development Institute, I participated in a plenary panel on Innovating Talent Management in Law Firms - What's New, What's Different and What's Gone? and then presented a session on What’s Next? How to Help Senior Lawyers Transition Out of Practice.

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.

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 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.

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.

Florida State Bar Webinar

April 20, 2016

At the invitation of the Florida State Bar Young Lawyers' Division, I presented a webinar on "Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know." 

2015 Professional Development Institute, Washington, DC

December 3, 2015 - December 4, 2015

At the 2015 PDI, I will lead a conversation with Lori Berman, Heather Bock and Juliet Aiken about their forthcoming book, Accelerating Lawyer Success: How to Make Partner and Flourish in a Law Firm.

Podcast of Interview

October 16, 2015

You can listen to Don Hutcheson's interview of me, "More Than Just a Mentor, Women Need a Champion," at

Roundtable for Global Professional Development Leaders

May 21, 2015

The next phone conference for members of the Roundtable will be May 21 at 11:00 am PT. Join the Roundtable and be part of the conversation!

Breakfast for Champions - DC

May 13, 2015

I will lead the next Breakfast for Champions for Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP's Washington, DC and Northern Virginia offices on Wednesday, May 13. The first one in their Silicon Valley office was terrific!

Edith I. Spivack Symposium

May 5, 2015

The New York State Bar Association's Eleventh Annual Edith I. Spivack Symposium that was cancelled due to bad weather in January will take place in New York City on Tuesday, May 5. I will speak in a session entitled "Women Rising:  Advancement, Mentoring, and Negotiating Your Way to the Top.” 

Award-winning Video

April 30, 2015

I was honored to be featured in the 2015 Catalyst Grand Prize winning video "Take a Little Action." Created by Caren Ulrich Stacy and Steve Gluckman, it features Breakfast for Champions as a "little action" that has a big impact in getting men to be part of the solution to gender inequality. Be sure to visit ( where you can watch the video and learn about people who are taking many different steps to advance women.

Women Leaders Roundtable

April 30, 2015

The next meeting of the Roundtable will be May 27 at 4:00 pm PT in San Francisco. Become part of this influential and interesting group by joining the Roundtable.

Law Without Walls ConPosium

April 18, 2015 - April 19, 2015

It was another fantastic Law Without Walls ConPosium this year, with the student projects and presentations better than ever. Host University of Miami Law School has an amazing team that puts it all together and Eversheds deserves praise for being the lead sponsor of the course and everything that goes into it.