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Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz Can Help You Leave Big Law

Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz Can Help You Leave Big Law

I recently spoke with a woman I’ll call Alice. She was one of the first people to sign up for my mailing list. While the time hasn’t been right for her to join WILL, we enjoy catching up every six months or so. She fills me in on what’s happening in her career. She...

Forgiveness for Attorneys Who Want to Leave (big) Law

Forgiveness for Attorneys Who Want to Leave (big) Law

I work with women lawyers who feel stuck and unhappy, who want more control of their schedule and career. They dare to dream of life beyond the billable hour. Yet something stands in their way, and it's not the partner dolling out a new brief on Friday at 5 pm.  It's...

What will you do if you left big law?

What will you do if you left big law?

When I did the StrengthsFinder assessment (which I do with all my clients) I learned I have zero top 5 (or 10!) strengths in the “Executing” quadrant.That’s the “getting things done” quadrant.Discipline. Focus. Achiever. All at the bottom of my list.Yet, here I am...

Did you go to law school because…?

Did you go to law school because…?

The women I speak with often went into law for a number of reasons. The top ones I hear are... To do good in the world and help people. Not sure what else they wanted to do. A childhood idea they would be a lawyer, often fueled by TV and To Kill a Mockingbird. When...

You know that awkward moment in yoga class?

You know that awkward moment in yoga class?

I love yoga and have been practicing for a long time. When in class, I get excited and a little nervous right before we begin to OM. I’m not sure if I should wait for the teacher to begin, or if I should take a deep breath and start. See, there's a little part of me...

Are you curious…?

Are you curious…?

One of my interests is art. I love going to museums. This photo is from earlier in the summer while at MassMOCA. I saw a Sol LeWitt painting in WILL colors! My son took a picture of me (but I thought he was taking selfies)! What are some of your interests? If you...

Birthplace of WILL

Birthplace of WILL

Two years ago while on vacation in Cape Cod, the idea for WILL woke me up. The idea nudged me awake at 5:30 am. I rolled out of bed. Wrote feverishly. The words “women interested in leaving law…WILL” flowed out. I wanted to share joy and possibility with women...

Drum Roll Please…

Drum Roll Please…

We have some clear results from the WILL Survey as to the barriers that keep you from leaving big law or making a career change. Top 5 (in order): Worry about the money (84%) Not knowing what else I could do (64%) Time to make it happen (56%) Feel l like a failure if...

Ambivalent no longer!

Ambivalent no longer!

I remember being acutely ambivalent when I graduated from college and had my first job offer. I could become the Assistant to the Executive Director/Office Manager at a small non-profit, or keep looking. I was up in Ithaca, NY with my family, visiting cousins. I...

The Antidote to Shame

The Antidote to Shame

No one wants to talk about shame. It’s unpleasant. The mess in the corner we try to ignore. I recommend Brene Brown’s two TED Talks to all WILL members. If you haven’t watched them, find links below. She shares how shame thrives in the Petri dish of...

Malcolm Gladwell’s Rule of Living: Pull the Goalie

Malcolm Gladwell’s Rule of Living: Pull the Goalie

My wife Melissa and I were in the car driving to the North Fork of Long Island for the weekend while the kids are at camp. I asked Melissa if she had any good podcasts to listen to. She told me about Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History and the episode, Pull the...

Won’t you be my neighbor?

Won’t you be my neighbor?

Last weekend I saw the documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” Did you grow up watching Mr. Rogers Neighborhood? If so, you will love the movie. I was reminded of sitting cross legged in front of the TV, watching the trolley go into the Land of Make Believe, and the...

 

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