By Anonymous • January 05, 2009•Firms and the Private Sector
Watching management issues unfold each week is like watching TV when someone else controls the remote. One moment you’re watching a documentary, then — click! — it’s a thriller, then a drama, then the evening news. Switching among unfolding story lines, focusing on practical and fair solutions and trying to remember to prepare that agenda for a 4 p.m. teleconference make for stimulating and often exhausting days.
At 43, a relatively young partner at Drinker, Biddle & Reath, Cicero sought out advice and support from friends and nearby law firm managers.
Then I met a female managing partner who inspired me. She is more senior, cool as a cucumber, and a lawyer first and foremost while also a successful manager. I don’t yet have her level of gravitas, but at least I found a role model; that is 50 percent of the battle.
In her position, Cicero started a regional diversity initiative and is currently working on a mentoring program for new associates. She is actively recruiting the first African American partners to her firm.