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YLD to highlight women’s issues in April

The Florida Bar Young Lawyer’s Division has scheduled several programs during the month of April in an effort to support and recognize the achievements of women in the legal profession.

The YLD recently disseminated a survey that revealed 43 percent of female lawyer respondents under the age of 36 or in their first five years of practice in Florida, experienced gender bias (see March 1 story). In response to the results, which proved “disheartening” to YLD President Gordon Glover, the YLD’s Commission on Women in the Profession responded accordingly with several programs for Bar members.

“This is the first step in programing that the Young Lawyers Division is putting on to address some of the issues that were raised in the survey by young women lawyers in the state of Florida,” said Glover. “It’s just a start, and hopefully, at least in Florida, it will initiate a sea change and be the start of something much bigger.”

Balancing in Heels: Self, Family and the Practice of Law — A Written Interview Series

The Balancing in Heels series seeks to have interviewees give their advice and insight on “having it all,” finding balance between one’s personal and professional lives, and the importance of civic and professional involvement, released daily in April at

• Webinars — Free and open to all Florida lawyers, including one general CLE credit.

Grit: April 6 (12:00-1:00 p.m.) — This webinar will be an interactive discussion based on the in-depth analysis of the Grit program, which was conducted by Milana Hogan. The program is designed by the ABA to provide tools for success to female attorneys. Hogan will share the results of her Grit study and provide detailed advice on how to implement the Grit tools for success. She is the chief legal recruiting and professional development officer at Sullivan & Cromwell, and serves as a liaison to the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession.

Drive to Thrive: Proven Strategies for Women Lawyers to Drive Optimal Career Success: April 13 (12:00-1:00 p.m.) — Presented live by Yuliya LaRoe and Marla Grant, co-founders of 20/20 Leadership Group, a coaching firm that “sees” lawyers to new levels of success. This webinar reveals why most women lawyers feel that they are not yet where they want to be in their careers and what they can do about it. The hosts will share a few of their most effective career success strategies and practical tips, including how to:

• Design a career success vision and develop a personalized career success plan;

• Elegantly promote yourself within your firm and externally in the market without feeling “salesy” or inauthentic so that you can get the clients and opportunities you want;

• Network more effectively and build powerful relationships to help you further your goals and allow you to better relate to colleagues and clients;

• Build up your resilience to stress and develop a reserve of energy; and boost your confidence to speak up and get what you want.

Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know: April 20 (12:00-1:00 p.m.) — For decades, women lawyers have engaged in initiatives designed to help them advance their careers. Yet women today represent fewer than 18 percent of equity partners and remain underrepresented in every facet of law firm leadership and power. Although men voice support for women’s advancement, it is time for them to become actively engaged. As leaders, they hold both the power and the responsibility to act. This webinar will show men why and how to join with women to make gender equality a reality. Ida Abbott, the presenter, has been helping employers develop, manage, and retain legal talent since 1995. She also serves as a mentor and coach to high-achieving individuals seeking professional success. She is the founder of the Hastings Leadership Academy for Women and author of the best-selling book, Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know.

The Simple System to Attract Ideal Clients to Your Law Practice: April 27 (12:00-1:00 p.m.) — Stacy Boegem presents the seven pillars from her signature “Make Like a Magnet” program, which provides practical tools and strategies to authentically attract clients to a law practice. This program covers all the bases, from networking to sales, marketing to communication, and more, leaving participants not only with actionable takeaways, but also with new insights on how to overcome the fear and resistance that so many attorneys experience when it comes to following through and taking action. Stacy Boegem, an attorney and master coach practitioner, is the founder of The Happiness Agenda, LLC, where she coaches and trains professional and entrepreneurial women on both “hard” and “soft” skills — from marketing, sales, and systems, to overcoming fear, achieving life synergy, and consistently moving forward with clarity and confidence.

EngageAdvancing Women Is a Cause for All Lawyers: June 17 (1:00-4:00p.m.) —Presented at The Florida Bar Annual Convention, topics include:

• What Big Law Leadership Can Do to Effect Change Interrupting Bias

• Lessons for Rainmaking: Bringing in the Business

• How Men Can Sponsor Women

• Leadership in Law

• A View from the Bench (Panel)

• Proceeding Powerfully

YLD Outstanding Woman Lawyer of Achievement Award

This award recognizes and celebrates the achievements of a woman lawyer or judge who excels in her field, possesses an excellent reputation for integrity, exhibits dedication to her community and her profession through bar-related or similar activities, and who demonstrates a commitment to the success and advancement of young women lawyers.

Criteria for nominees are as follows: Achievement of professional excellence in career; commitment to community and profession; commitment to the advancement or mentorship of young women lawyers; and, advancement of opportunities for women in the legal profession, including, but not limited to, opening doors for women lawyers in a variety of job settings, influencing other women to pursue legal careers, and challenging traditional gender stereotypes.

The application deadline is April 15.

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