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Susan Smith Blakely

Best Friends at the Bar: Best Friends at the Bar Themes Echo at Washington Women’s Weekly

Earlier this week I attended a program sponsored by Washington Women's Weekly.  If you do not know WWW, get on board by going to http://www.womensweekly-wdc.com.  Judith Willson publishes this on-line periodical and plans the program content, and she does a fine job of it.  This week's program was no exception.For this special Executive Leadership Series program, Judith brought together three leading business women to discuss whether there is a New Normal and, if there is, does it include not "having it all?"  The panel consisted of: Teresa Bozzelli, President of Sapient Government Services; Diane Zanetti, Senior VP of Citibank; and…

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From the Courthouse to the Conference Room: The ABA’s Mediation Week Celebrates the Power of Resolution

Editor's Note: In an effort to continue the conversation started by our fabulous She Negotiates panel at She Leads, Ms. JD is happy to spread the word about Mediation Week, brought to you on behalf of the American Bar Association Communications and Media Relations Division.  Families, communities, corporations and governments increasingly use mediation as a successful avenue to resolving conflict. The American Bar Association’s Mediation Week Oct. 14 – 20 is a national effort to increase awareness of this effective method to settle disputes beyond the courtroom. “When parties engage in mediation, thorny disagreements are easier to resolve,” says ABA…

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Katy Goshtasbi

Personal Branding Corner: Use Your Intuition Instead Of A Checklist

Do you sometimes wonder why a client just doesn't seem to warm up to you?  Do you wonder why the work you do for these clients seems stiff and lifeless?  We think we've discovered the cause and thus, a workable personal branding solution.Working with many clients who are "coaches" or run businesses where they are trained to follow a checklist of some sort, we have found a common problem/issue.  These days many people are finding second careers.  That's a great thing.  People are signing up to become trained in their new careers.  These trainings often include a year-long program where…

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editor

Overheard at She Leads: The DQs

Thank you all for making She Leads a success! We're doing our best to continue sharing some of the nuggets of advice from Ms. JD She Leads! Here's some of the best advice overheard during the DQs session:1. Find people you admire and see how they network, develop business, and complete their every day tasks!2. Make a business plan - identify your connections, the events you want to attend to build your connections, how you will follow up with people. Don't just have lunch or coffee, THINK about what you can give the person before you meet with them.3. On…

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LateralLink

Post-OCI Job Strategies; By Sara Gail, Esq.

It is that time of year--you had a great summer; you polished up your resume and your shoes; and you tried to find a job through your school’s on campus recruiting efforts.  But OCI is over and perhaps it didn’t go your way.  What do you do now? The first thing to do is to take a deep breath.  Assess and accept your position. You didn’t get the job of your dreams—or at least not yet.  So take a minute to ask yourself a few questions and answer them honestly. What type of job do you want?  Do you want…

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eharris13

For The Times They Are A-Changin’

When I think of strong women in the legal field, the first person that comes to mind would be my mother.  At the time, she was among a very small minority of women who not only received a J.D., but also an L.L.M. in tax. She wanted both a long and successful legal career and a family life when many women left private practice after the birth of their first child. Thirty-three years later, she has a career she still loves, she is a shareholder in a firm with over 300 attorneys, and she has four children who felt their…

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KMLW

Overheard at the Ms. JD, Lateral Link, and Haynes Boone Mid-Level Associates Forum in Dallas, Texas

Last Friday, Ms. JD and Lateral Link hosted a Mid-Level Associates Forum in Dallas, Texas.  The event, which was sponsored by Ms. JD Law Firm Sponsor, Haynes and Boone, was an incredible success.  I was lucky enough to attend and get to hear the incredible advice offered by panelists Marilyn Moore Basso, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Celanese Corporation, Anne Johnson, Partner at Haynes and Boone, and Christina Marshall, Associate at Haynes and Boone.  Mardy Sackley, Managing Director at Lateral Link moderated the panel and offered her own perspective from her time as a big law partner.  Below,…

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sgtorrico

One Essential Trait Of A Leader Is…Maintaining An Open Mind

Editor's Note: This post was submitted in response to Ms. JD's She Leads essay prompt: "One Essential Trait of a Leader is ..." Ms. JD: She Leads will take place October 5, 2012 in Washington, DC and will feature keynote speeches from Marne Levine, the VP of Global Public Policy at Facebook and the DQs.  To learn more about Ms. JD: She Leads and to register, click here.One essential trait of a leader is maintaining an open mind.  The concept seems so simple.  We’ve all heard this same bit of advice throughout our lives, whether it was mom telling us…

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Interview Tips: How to Ask Killer Questions in Your Interview

Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on The Levo League. We’ve all been there: you’re at a job interview, and you think it’s going well. As the interview is winding down, the interviewer asks you, “Do you have any questions for me?” Not wanting to waste the interviewer’s time, you say no. According to Jennifer McGarr, director of professional development at the University of Missouri School of Law, not asking even one question is a big mistake. “If you don’t ask questions,” she says, “you come across as not being very interested in the position, or you seem like the…

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LateralLink

Rediscover Your Cover Letter; By Kristina Marlow, Esq.

Didn’t land that interview? Maybe you should blame Seymour Rubinstein. It was his company, after all, that developed the software that has allowed computer-savvy job searchers to “personalize” their stock cover letters using the mail merge function.You may have carefully drafted a solid, all-purpose letter and expected that merging it with the name and title of the firm recruiter would be sufficient. In this economy, you told yourself, you don’t have time to tailor each letter; you simply need to apply to as many firms as possible.As the recipient of many of those letters – sometimes addressed to Mrs. Kristina Marlow or in…

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