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How does big law make you feel?

How does big law make you feel?

Recently a WILL member said this… "Law firms train associates to feel small.  But rather than let them have the power and control, I NOW KNOW, that in fact, I am in control here." It took her awhile to arrive at this realization.  It’s hard to believe you are in...

The Harvard Business Review and I want you to take a vacation

The Harvard Business Review and I want you to take a vacation

I spoke with Sarah this week.  She lives in Seattle. One of the things she said she wanted was to take a vacation. "When’s the last time you took one?" I asked. She paused, eyes looking up and to the right... (thinking, thinking, thinking). "I can’t remember." Does...

Rebecca’s Decision to Leave big Law

Rebecca’s Decision to Leave big Law

A question that WILL members tackle is "when is the right time to leave big law". When you want to leave, yet your fear runs the show,  you’ll make excuse after excuse. You’ll rationalize your way into staying. (Have you done that hundreds of times?) The truth is,...

Sarah Cooper’s Career Advice for Women Lawyers

Sarah Cooper’s Career Advice for Women Lawyers

After watching some Sarah Cooper videos on YouTube the other night, a video of her from 2017 popped into my feed. Apparently, she worked at Google and had her big breakthrough when she wrote a meme and then a book about "How to Look Smart in Meetings." The key point...

Who is the judge?

Who is the judge?

I remember my initial call with my longtime coach, Nicole. It was twelve years ago when I worked for a public health non-profit. I had just finished my coach training and desperately wanted to leave my job and coach full time. I burst into tears when she asked me what...

Women Lawyers Can Write Their Own New Story

Women Lawyers Can Write Their Own New Story

I recently had a consultation with a woman who said she always feels behind, never doing good enough and at risk of being exposed. Anyone else feel this way?   Later that day, on a WILL Mastermind call, a member of the community said something similar… that she’s...

Your future self has a message for you

Your future self has a message for you

I was on a virtual retreat last May 9-10, 2020 with 18 members of the WILL community. We were supposed to be in New Mexico, at a gorgeous resort and spa... but that's not happening! While I am grieving that loss, I am ALSO appreciative of technology and delighted to...

What You and Michelle Obama Share

What You and Michelle Obama Share

While enjoying the latest O magazine, I read this in the 20 questions with Michelle Obama. "When in your life have you needed courage?" Her answer stopped me cold. "Giving up a law career I didn't want and following my own path - it hasn't always been easy, but at...

Your are magnificent

Your are magnificent

Flipping through a recent issue of O magazine, I saw this photo... It made me weep. Especially for the sentiment, and also for the physical proximity of pre-Covid human life.   Mostly though, because this is what I aim to do as a coach. In our best coaching...

Her Last Straw in big Law

Her Last Straw in big Law

I was working with a WILL member in an AmLaw 100 firm.She was a 5th year European associate in M&A. After going to home for her mother’s birthday she got chastised for leaving during a deal. She had transitioned everything and believed the junior partner had it...

You Can Create The Life You Want After Leaving big Law

You Can Create The Life You Want After Leaving big Law

It was a beautiful fall day, early November… and I stood on the corner crying.Neighbors and parents walked by, glancing sideways. I had just dropped my Kindergartner off and learned it was "Open School Day". I had no idea. Between being new, having my younger son in...

This is NOT Business as Usual for Women Lawyers

This is NOT Business as Usual for Women Lawyers

WILL members tell me that firm leaders have little to no understanding of the new reality of women lawyers.   You try to school kids from home, not kill your spouse who is co-working and afraid too, the dishes pile up, too much screen time and be sure to stay six...

 

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