Ease Your Way Out of (big) Law

 

Begin on your path, even if you are scared and don’t know what to do next.

Are you female senior or mid-level associate who wants out of big law?

  • You take recruiter calls, but what they are selling sounds too similar. You’d rather stay with “the devil you know.”
  • You don’t want to disappoint a partner or mentor who’s invested in you.
  • You don’t want anyone to think you “can’t hack it.”
  • Not sure what to do instead?

Does any of this ring true for you?

You think, “I’m smart.  I should be able to figure this out”.

Then another year goes by and you are still at the firm.

Meanwhile, time is passing.

And you stay.

If You Want More Say Over Your Time, Life and Career…

Join us at WILL 

 Life changing group + 1-1 coaching program.
The WILL Pilot is currently in progress. Stay tuned for our next round of openings!

Participating in WILL, you can…

  • Break the inertia: Never have to complain to family and friends about the long hours and how miserable you are.
  • Quiet the inner voices: Make decisions from a place of resolve and wisdom.
  • Gain clarity: Focus YOUR job search.
  • Control your career and destiny: Never have to schlep a dossier of files on vacation or miss life events because you had to be in the office.

By the end, you will KNOW what you want and be INSPIRED about your possibilities.

You will end the course with:

  • Tools to refocus on your priorities, not fears
  • Precise knowledge about your unique strengths
  • Excitement about interests to pursue
  • A clear vision that gives you goosebumps and traction

I want you to forgive yourself.

It’s hard to do something you’ve never done before all on your own.

Especially this.

I created WILL for associates with amazing skills, knowledge, and grit – who are ready to put the past behind them and make a new choice. 

Let Me Introduce Myself

My name is Elena Deutsch.

As a leadership and career coach, I’ve worked with executives, women growing their leadership skills and lawyers wanting to transition out of big firms.  For ten years, I’ve always had lawyer clients, either private pay or through firms.

Last summer, two clients, both women senior associates, had remarkable breakthroughs.  After deciding they did not want to try and make partner, both landed jobs in exciting start-ups.

Let me tell you about one of them…

I was hired by her firm to do leadership coaching.  Together, we had a tough conversation with her sponsoring partner.

Overall, she was doing great but he told her the perception was she took too much vacation and left her team in the lurch for a family visit in Europe.

That was the straw that broke the camel’s back.  She knew it wasn’t true, but hearing this helped her decide to leave.

I took her through my EASE process and she developed tremendous clarity.  She uncovered that she wanted to go in-house at a start-up.  Traveling home for family visits was a life priority and would always be a challenge at the firm.  Her ideal job had “unlimited vacation days”.  

 

When she said that, I swear I got goosebumps.

Then, she went for it.  Within a month, she was interviewing at a NY based start-up.  Yes, she’s in her dream position and she has unlimited vacation days.

I still get chills thinking about it.

After this experience and speaking with dozens of lawyers and professional development leaders at big firms, I know that she’s not alone.

You are not alone either.

Many women associates want out of big law and don’t know where to turn.

To be honest, for years I’ve wanted to create a career transformation program for lawyers.

But after this experience, something ignited in me.

I was on vacation with my family in Cape Cod.  Early every morning this idea woke me up.  I literally felt it shaking me out of bed.

I got up at 5:30 a.m. to write and the name WILL – Women Interested in Leaving (big) Law – came to me.

I’ve taken online courses that have transformed my life and my business.  I created this virtual course for women associates who want out of big law.

With WILL, you can learn privately and remotely while getting support from me and others going through the same thing.  (And be anonymous if you choose.  More on that below…)

I am so EXCITED to bring you this course!

Ready to hear more…?

So how does it work?

WILL Pilot includes:

  • 5 weekly live virtual meetings for 60-90 minutes
    • First 60 minutes will cover new content
    • Last 30 minutes (optional) time for discussion and Q&A
  • Meet Sunday nights from 8 – 9:30 pm ET, starting in June
  • Weekly writing assignments
  • Small group of up to 12 women

We’ll be meeting via Zoom, an online video conferencing platform.  On Zoom you can participate live yet be totally anonymous if you want.

PLUS – I am so excited to get this going and committed to your success that I am including 3 private 1-1 coaching sessions, an hour each.  They will be held at the beginning, mid-point, and end of the course.

Here’s the Overview:

WILL Online takes you, step-by-step to begin your career transformation: 

Week 1: Overview & Mindset Matters

Week 2: Begin with EASE – Panning for Gold

Week 3: Your SIV – Skills, Interests and Values

Week 4: Continue with EASE: Your Appealing Possibilities

Week 5: Bringing it All Together & Next Steps

We start with mindset  

Every lawyer I’ve worked with has an inner skeptic, critic and judge.

In these Modules, we will say hello to those inner players.

You will learn to address them and develop a mindset open to greater possibility.

You will also meet the courageous ones inside, who are ready to burst out.

Each week, I give you a new Mindset Matters tool because these are critical to your success.

I’ve seen career transformation fail when client’s inner fears drive, instead of taking a backseat. 

EASE

I take you into my signature EASE process.  Who doesn’t need more EASE in their life?

  • Elements (skills, interests, values)
  • Appealing possibilities
  • Study – Research your top possibilities
  • Engage others – Network and share your story

Given the limited time of the pilot, we will focus on Elements and Appealing Possibilities.  I will send you off with additional resources so you can Study your top possibilities and Engage others.

I don’t know where this adventure will take you, but I trust the process.  I’ve seen it work for others.  It will work for you too.  Your adventure awaits…

The cost of the pilot is… $997

This includes everything:

  • Five group lessons
  • Three hours of 1-1 coaching
  • StrengthsFinder assessment
  • Office Hours with guest speakers
  • And much more

Plus, I’ll take you step-by-step through my signature EASE career transformation process.

Once I move forward with the full online course later this year (which you will have immediate access to as a pilot member) the cost will increase.

Sounds good?

My hunch is you need more information.

Here’s a detailed overview. . .

Individual Coaching

Get to know you & review your StrengthsFinder assessment

Session 1

Overview & Mindset Matters

Career EASE Process

Limiting & Expansive Beliefs

Mindset Matters Tool 1: T-Chart

Session 2

Begin with EASE – Panning for Gold

Elements – Skills, Interests and Values

Ideal Day Meditation

Mindset Matters Tool 2 – What Story?

Session 3

Your SIV (Skills, Interests and Values)

Interests

What are your Values?

Mindset Matters Tool 3 – Lenses

Individual Coaching

Your SIV (Skills, Interests and Values)

Session 4

Continue with EASE – Your Appealing Possibilities

Paths and Brainstorm Party

Prioritization Exercise

Mindset Matters Tool 4 – Inner Mentor

Session 5

Bringing it All Together & Next Steps

Study/Research Tips

Engage Step & Networking tools

Wrap-up

Individual Coaching

Your next steps

Sound good?  Ready to get going?

But wait, there’s more…!

Bonuses!

In addition to the live lessons you will also get:

Weekly Office Hours

  • Each Wednesday during the course from 8 – 9:30 pm ET. Bring your insights, challenges and stories to the call. Join for part or all as you can.
  • Voluntary live coaching
  • Confidential community building environment. You can be anonymous if you choose.
  • Calls recorded – if you can’t make it, listen later.
  • Guest speakers! During some of the Office Hours, women who’ve successfully left big law will come share their stories.

Lifetime Access

WILL Pilot members get lifetime access.  After I move forward with the full online course, you can take advantage of all upgrades and additional bonuses.  After this initial group, the price will go up.

But you can continue to be part of WILL for no additional cost.

Confidentiality Agreement

Before joining WILL, everyone will agree to maintain the confidentiality of others in the group.

One-on-One Coaching

The course itself can provide tremendous results.

But I am so committed to your success, I am including 3 private one hour coaching sessions.

The coaching is your chance to go deeper into your own transformation.

Private Facebook Group

I’ve taken a number of online courses that have private Facebook groups.

At first, I was skeptical.

But in these groups, I have witnessed and experienced tremendous support, resource sharing, generosity and community.  I’ve even made some friends.

Our WILL FB group is a place to get support, build community, network and share successes.  It’s a place to give and receive generously.

Feedback and “I take requests”

Each week you will have opportunities to provide course input, feedback and requests additional support or clarification.  You’ll get a brief survey following each session and your input can help shape the course for you, the other women in the pilot and future WILL participants.

Mindset Matters

In the course, you will get unique Mindset Matters tools tailored for female attorneys

I will be adding additional tools as the course evolves.

These are critical to your success. 

So, are you ready? Do you want to…

  • Schedule a vacation that you can actually take without working?
  • Have clarity about how you want to spend your days?
  • Not be tethered to the office?
  • Be done fearing that you will be reprimanded for typo or small mistake?

Here is what some past clients have said about working with me…

Any associates in big firms who may have doubts about whether to stay long-term or what to do next could greatly benefit from Elena’s help.

I would recommend Elena to colleagues without hesitation!   THANK YOU Elena for everything!!

C., former senior associate, now in-house at a start-up

I appreciated the openness of Elena’s approach. I learned so much about myself and my professional needs. I am absolutely thrilled about where I am and enjoy going to work every day.

Lindsay, former senior associate, now at a Fortune 500 company

I’m so Committed to Your Success, That I Offer a Money Back Guarantee…

Participating in the WILL Pilot is an investment that has the potential to change your life.

But it won’t happen without your genuine input and effort.

You have to do the work.

That said, if you participate in the sessions, coaching and do all the assignments, and at the end of the pilot you are not satisfied, I will happily refund your money.

FAQs

How big will the pilot group be?

The pilot group will be EXTREMELY limited in size, 8-12 women.

How much does it cost?

For the pilot group, the initial cost will be $997 per person. This includes a lot of 1-1 time and access to me during the course.  I am committed to your success and want you to maximize your time.

After this initial group, the price will go up.

 

What if it doesn’t work for me?

It depends on how you define work… ultimately that is up to you.  At the end, you will know yourself far better, identify your top skills, interests and values, have target priorities and be on your way to moving out of firm life.

If it does all that, would you consider that working for you?

Again… if you do all the work and put in a truly good faith effort, but don’t feel you’ve gotten value, just send me your materials and I’d be happy to refund your money.

I suspect this question may be coming from your inner skeptic.  In the WILL Pilot, you will learn to know this voice and manage it.

Fear of failure is totally normal, but ask yourself, what is scarier…taking steps to leave, or staying?

 

Can I keep my identity a secret?

Of course!  No one needs to know who is in the WILL Pilot.

One of the reasons I choose Zoom is that you can be anonymous if you want during this course.  You can sign in with an alias and block video.  I know this is important for some participants.  You can still participate via audio.

Of course, that is optional, and I hope you will share to your comfort level.

Also, to participate everyone will sign and return a Confidentiality Agreement.  It is not a legal document, but a statement of intent to maintain the confidentiality of others, as you would want them to hold yours.

 

I really don’t know if I have the time. What if I fall behind?

All the live sessions will be recorded.  If you can’t make it you can watch the recording and access support in the Office Hours.

I am a 1st or 2nd year associate. Is this for me?

Great question.  Glad you are here and looking at this.

I’ve intentionally designed WILL for senior and mid-level associates.  Women with more experience under their belt have more information about their skills and strengths.  They are able to transition to something else with a little more ease.

Also, more senior associates typically have more years of loans paid off.

While compensation at a new job is important, when the financial pressure is lower, women are more able to make decisions based on their true desires, rather than financial necessities. 

I’ve found that doing SOMETHING to get ready to leave big law can provide a sense of purpose that makes the daily grind more bearable.

It’s really up to you.  Be honest with yourself about your financial situation and how badly you want to start taking some action to set yourself up for a change.

What if I may want to stay in big law?

You may take this course and choose to stay. Many women I work with are seriously on the partner track.  I actively support female attorneys who want to make partner when that is clearly their objective.

Two benefits of taking this course:

  1. You will stand in certainty of what you DO want. You will be CHOOSING to make partner, not doing it by default.
  2. You will develop leadership tools and skills.  Whether you stay in big law or choose to leave, you will know yourself better and that can help you lead and manage teams.

Ready to Say “YES” to More Freedom and Agency in Your Life?

Stand in the certainty of what you do want.

To recap, here’s what you get when you enroll in the WILL Pilot:

  • Small group committed to building trust (12 women maximum).
  • 1-1 coaching with personalized StrengthsFinder assessment
  • Mindset Matters tools for female lawyers to quell your inner fears.
  • Office hours 1x/week for live additional support and guest speakers.

 

Enrollment closes on Friday, June 9.  Course starts June 11.

If you are feeling a “YES”, let’s do this!

Sign up now and let’s get started! 

As soon as you enroll…we can get started on your assessment & schedule your first coaching call.

If you are ready to commit…I look forward to being with you every step of the way.

Elena

P.S.  If part of you is saying “Yes” and those fear voices are saying, “Oh….I don’t know. I don’t think this is a good idea.”

Ask your heart, not just your head, what it wants.