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Katy Goshtasbi

Personal Branding Corner: What’s The Actual Value of Personal/Business Development (as opposed to the billable hour)??

I was at an American Bar Association (ABA) conference last week.  One of the events I attended centered on negotiating for lawyers.  Each pair of lawyers were given fact patterns and told to negotiate their side.  The fact patterns involved one lawyer being the “boss”, or partner-in-charge, and the other lawyer being “junior”, or the associate.  Afterwards, the pairs discussed the results of their negotiations.I found a very interesting phenomenon occurring as each pair stated their results.  In 75% of the pairs, the junior employee/associates would negotiate for services related to personal and business development, such as the hiring of…

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The Women Evolution Mentee Search Contest Has Begun

After months of hard work, a couple of trips back to the drawing board and the input from countless successful women, Women Evolution is ready to kick off their first Mentorship Program!!! Women Evolution recently took a trip to Vegas to kick-off the filming of their Mentor Marina Bogard, who is the Executive VP at Fortune 1000 Company, IGT.  We have included her introduction video below so you can learn more about her amazing accomplishments and why she wants to be a mentor. But a Mentor is nothing without a Mentee, right?                                  So that's where you come in! Over the…

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Join Ms. JD and Levo League for a Women in Business, Women in Law Event!

Levo League and Ms. JD invite you to join us for our first joint in-person event! We're bringing together a top woman in law and a top woman in business to offer you their tips and tricks for taking control of your career. Join us as Kelly Hoey, Managing Director at Women Innovate Mobile, and Dipanwita Deb Amar, Partner at Arnold & Porter, give us their best advice for making the most of your early years on the job. This intimate happy hour will offer you the opportunity to ask specific questions you have about getting into the driver's seat…

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Katy Goshtasbi

Personal Branding Corner: Lessons Learned From Brand “Republican”- How Do You Block The Success of Your Brand?

[Author note:  Look forward to meeting many of you in Dallas this week at the ABA Mid-Year meeting!]The term "brand" is usually related to food, cars  and clothing.  It has been our job (and an uphill one at that!) to show companies and business owners that branding applies to people as well.  However, much to our pleasure these days, the term "brand" is used much more widely and commonly with respect to people and groups.Just recently, Louisiana Republican Governor Bobby Jindal delivered his party's formal response to Obama's vision for this country.  In his response, Jindal said, "We had a…

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In Dallas Next Week? Attend NCWBA’s Leadership Workshop!

We still have places left for you at our Leadership Workshop for Professional Women: Skills for Success, February 8th and 9th in Dallas! Come for both days or just for one.Our presenter on Friday is Sharon Strand Ellison, an internationally respected speaker on a method of communication that can disarm defensiveness and make your speech much more effective and powerful. Our Friday luncheon speaker is Brigadier General (USAF ret.) Wilma Vaught, a pathbreaker for women in the military and the founder of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington Cemetery. Friday’s conference will end with a reception.On…

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Transitioning from Big Law to Public Interest: Liberté, Egalité, Frugalité

Last month, I introduced the topic at hand: transitioning from a private firm to public interest work. This month’s motto is, to borrow a dated catch phrase: SHOW ME THE MONEY [video]. After all, what your current job may lack in personal satisfaction, your new job will lack in money (full frontal honesty: I don’t even look at my pay stubs because they make me sad). First and foremost, you have to be realistic about what you can afford to do. This means that you have to think about the city you live in, the life you lead, and –…

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Located in NY or Houston? Attend the Largest Ms. JD Event Ever!

Ms. JD and Kirkland & Ellis cordially invite you to attend: Building Her Power Base: A Conversation with ABA President Laurel Bellows on Leadership & EntrepreneurshipLaurel Bellows will be speaking on Leadership and Entrepreneurship and will be answering questions from young women attorneys and law students nationwide.  Laurel's presentation is an unsurpassed opportunity for law students and junior attorneys to get tips and tricks for tackling leadership and entrepreneurship in the law! New York, NY at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, 601 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10022 at 1:00 pm Eastern.  Lunch will be served. Houston, TX at Vinson & Elkins 1001 Fannin…

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Katy Goshtasbi

Personal Branding Corner: Give to Get

Nowhere in any of my programs will you find me saying that the point of personal branding is about you getting more business or “taking” for yourself.  This seems counter-intuitive because personal branding is about selling yourself and your uniqueness.However, the entire premise of personal brand management is about understanding that you are to give to others and fulfill their needs by bringing them value.  Oftentimes, I find that as professional service providers (lawyers, doctors, CPAs, etc) clients  get confused here.Click HERE to read the rest.

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Ms. JD’s 2012 Conference, She Leads: Student Thoughts

Ms. JD hosted its Fifth Annual Conference on Women in the Law, "She Leads," on October 5th, 2012.  Here is the story of what being a part of the 2012 Ms. JD Conference meant to a group of students from The University of Texas School of Law. At She Leads, UT Law NWLSO co-president Jennifer Goodwillie learned the importance of self-promotion. "While hard and good work may get me through a law school exam, it won't necessarily get me where I want to go in my career," she stated. "It's important to be vocal about what you want.  If you want to go into a meeting, ask.…

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Are There “Signs” Leading you to the Right Career?

Some people believe in signs. I happen to be one of those people. However, when it comes to my career, every "sign" I thought was leading me to the perfect job has been wrong. For instance, when I decided I no longer wanted to work at a Law Firm, I did a lot of research on jobs where I could still utilize my law degree. I ended up getting an interview at a Pharmaceutical Consulting firm. This was obviously meant to be! My husband was in the Pharmaceutical Industry AND one of my best friends was a Consultant.  Clearly, between the best…

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