You can leave big law,
even if you don’t know what else to do…yet.
- You stay with “the devil you know” even if it takes a toll on your soul
- You don’t want to let anyone down – be it partners, colleagues, or family
- You want to leave big law, you just don’t know how
Now I focus on the key reasons why this atmosphere is not good for me. I feel okay with that instead of constantly questioning it. My questions now are practical – more about the next steps and, less of the decision whether to leave big law or not. Leslie
Are you ready to…
- Shed the toxic culture, say goodbye to the double standards
- Quiet the inner critics, tap into your inner resolve and wisdom
- Cultivate new thoughts and beliefs that elevate your imagination
- Control your career and destiny, no more schlepping files on vacation
- Focus on YOUR aspirations, not what you’re told to do by the “powers that be”
By participating in WILL Step-by-Step you will…
KNOW what you want
Be INSPIRED about new possibilities
DRIVE towards the life you desire.
I created WILL for lawyers with ambition, smarts, 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 an executive and career coach, I’ve worked with leaders, to grow their skills as well as lawyers who want out of big firms.
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”.
Within a month, she was interviewing at a NY based start-up. Now 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 this… you are not alone.
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.
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. Now, I created this virtual course for women attorneys 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!
WILL Step-by-Step includes:
- Seven self-paced video modules
- Bite-sized lessons that build on each other
- StrengthsFinder Assessment
- THREE private 1-hour coaching sessions (including “Your HOT Action Plan”)
- 8-Live Office Hours
- Guest speakers
- Bonus content and more…!
EASE – Through my signature EASE career transformation method, you develop more ease every step along the way…
- Elements – the things that LIGHT YOU UP!
- Appealing possibilities – inspirational options!
- Study – Investigate top possibilities – and network like a badass!
- Engage in ACTION – Map out your path and take consistent action!
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.
This program has given me the vision to see that I can make this change a reality. I believe that changing careers could bring me greater happiness compared to what I’m doing now.
- Once you become a member of the WILL community, you will have lifetime access to this course – including upgrades and additional bonuses.
My hunch is you need more information.
Here’s a detailed overview. . .
Get to know you & review your StrengthsFinder assessment
Welcome & Foundations
Personal Commitment & Confidentiality
Career EASE Process
Foundational Harvard Business Review article
Limiting & Expansive Beliefs
Mindset Matters – Inner Critic
Panning for Gold Pt 1
Ideal Day Meditation
Elements – Skills, Interests, and Values
Mindset Matters – What Story?
Panning for Gold Pt 2
What are your Values?
Mindset Matters – Lenses
Your Unique SIVS
(Skills, Interests, Values & Sticky Details)
Paths and Brainstorm Party
Mindset Matters – Inner Mentor
Study & Research
Networking & Informational Interviewing
Engage in Action!
Your Next Steps
Makes sense, right?
Weekly Office Hours
- Break the isolation and join other women making this change
- Be inspired by their stories and courage
- Expand your network – with other WILL members and guest speakers
- Confidentially share your challenges, receive support, and cheering on
- Motivate yourself to show up having done your homework
The course itself can provide tremendous results.
But I am so committed to your success, I am including 2 private coaching sessions.
Private coaching is your chance to go deeper into your transformation.
WILL members get lifetime access to the course. After I move forward with upgrades and additional bonuses, you continue to benefit. The price will go up in the next iteration and I can’t promise as much one-on-one and group support in future rounds.
But you can continue to be part of WILL for no additional cost.
Live Guest Speakers ONLY availabile for WILL Members
In the course, you will get recorded interviews I’ve done with female attorneys who have SUCCESSFULLY left big law.
You can watch the videos, read the transcripts, or both!
Plus… We will have live guests during Office Hours! You can ask your questions directly to them and grow your network.
Are you READY to…
Schedule a vacation that you can actually take without working?
Not be tethered to the office?
Have clarity about how you want to spend your days?
Here is what some past clients have said about working with me…
I would recommend Elena to colleagues without hesitation! THANK YOU, Elena, for everything!! C., Former Senior Attorney, now in-house at a start-up
I’m so Committed to Your Success, That I Offer a Money Back Guarantee…
You have to do the work.
If you put in a truly good faith effort – and then don’t feel you’ve gotten value – send me your completed materials within 60 days of enrolling. I’ll be happy to refund your money.
What if it doesn’t work for me?
It depends on how you define this.
At the end, you will know yourself far better, identify your top skills, interests and values, have target priorities and be poised to take action to move out of firm life.
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 within 30 days of enrolling and I’d be happy to refund your money.
I suspect this question may be coming from your inner skeptic. In WILL Online, 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?
You can be anonymous if you want during this course. You can join Office Hours with an alias, and not participate in the Facebook group or create an dummy account and participate that way.
Of course, that is your choice. I hope you will share who you are and your stories with the other members. 🙂
Building relationships and connections with other members is a valuable benefit. The group aspect was a favorite feature for some WILL Pilot members.
Conversations are key to leaving big law. Talking to others about what you want is an intended outcome of the course. If you choose, you get to practice that in the Office Hours and FB group.
I really don’t know if I have the time. What if I fall behind?
One of the first tools I share is a Harvard Business Review article on managing your time AND energy.
All the Office Hours will be recorded. If you can’t make it, you can listen to the recordings.
That said, the number of office hours is limited. You may want to leverage the momentum of the group to inspire your effort.
The timing is designed so you are poised for 2018. Secure your bonus and make your next move!
I am a 1st or 2nd year attorney. Is this for me?
Great question! Glad you are here and looking at this.
Around the 3rd year, associates have a deep internal knowledge of whether or not they want to be in big law for the long haul.
Mid-level and senior attorneys 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 needs.
Doing SOMETHING to get ready to leave can provide a sense of purpose that makes the daily grind more bearable. You can also use the time to acquire skills and experiences (both in the firm and outside by taking classes, volunteer roles, etc.).
It’s really up to you. Be honest with yourself about your financial situation and how badly you want to begin setting yourself up for a change. Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to discuss.
What if I may want to stay in big law?
Two benefits of taking this course:
- You will stand in certainty of what you DO want. You will be CHOOSING to make partner, not doing it by default.
- 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.
How long is the course?
However, there is no ahead or behind in this work. You move at YOUR OWN PACE.
My tendency was to put myself in a situation that presented itself to me. That’s what I am used to – fitting myself into an opportunity. But now, if it doesn’t meet x, y and z criteria, why would I shove myself into that situation? I’m feeling picky!
Ready to Say “YES” to More Freedom and Agency in Your Life?
Stand in the certainty of what you do want.
- A clear path about how to step into your next thing
- Inspired ideas that align with your skills, interests & values
- Take action to pursue and explore new options
- Formulate a strategy to transition out of big law
- Grow your network of supportive, thriving women
What is the value of your time & freedom?
I’m serious. What is the most precious commodity money can’t buy? Time.
Begin now. This is an investment in YOU.
Contact me to explore if this is right for you.
I look forward to being with you every step of the way.
Onward!!! – Elena
Let inspiration guide your actions and fuel your conversations
Doors will open
Take purposeful action and walk through
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.”
It can be so hard to hear your heart over the noise in your head.
Take three deep breaths. Put your hand on your heart.
Ask it what it wants. Get quiet.
I would recommend it for people who want to leave, are stuck, and don’t know what to do next… those are the people who would benefit.