Millennial Women

Thanksgiving, with a side of gratitude.

We don’t care how cliché this might sound, but this November, we’re focusing on gratitude. Yes, Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and while the holiday is often an occasion for thinking of things we are grateful for in our personal lives, we’re trying to incorporate this opportunity into our professional lives as well. Why do this, you may ask? Well, our day to day lives as lawyers or law students or other professionals are hectic and stressful and it’s far too easy to only focus on the problem or situation that’s stressing us out and fail to appreciate the…

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Playing the Long Game

It’s officially Fall! And you know what that means—football season! As we cheer on our favorite teams,* we thought it would be a perfect month to break out our sports analogies. This month, we’re focusing on playing the long game in terms of your career. We’re familiar with these concepts in sports, but they are also true when it comes to careers. What we mean by this is: looking at your career over a period of several years—maybe even a decade or two—instead of just looking six months to a year ahead. It’s tough sometimes, especially as relatively new or…

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On Mentorship

This month, we wanted to talk about something very important to millennials as we contemplate our professional development: mentorship. Quick note- mentorship isn’t the same as sponsorship, which is another important concept in career development (and maybe a future blog post?!). Sponsorship is where one party agrees to advocate for and refer work to another party. Typically, this looks like a more senior attorney at a firm, company or government office agreeing to sponsor a more junior attorney at the same place. This is different. Mentors don’t have to be at your workplace, don’t have to be able to give…

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Purpose over Paycheck

As millennials, we’re certainly interested in pursuing our careers and investing in our professional development. But we also are interested in doing more than just “work”—we want to find ways to give back to our communities and help change them for the better. This month, we wanted to focus on how, as millennial attorneys, we can emphasize the purpose or meaning in our careers over just receiving a paycheck. As attorneys (or future attorneys!) we have some unique opportunities, including: Pro Bono. Nearly every state bar encourages attorneys to do pro bono work, and some even have a mandatory reporting…

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What’s in a number?: Navigating different personality types at work

Has anyone else gotten swept up in the personality test craze lately? Here, over the last six months, it seems like every leadership or team-building program we’ve been to has involved some discussion of the Enneagram test, 16 Personalities or the Myers-Briggs, just to name a few. As an aside, Melanie, Elise and I all took the Enneagram test this past winter. (Fun fact, we’re all 9’s!) These tests can be helpful in a variety of ways. Some identify your “default” tendencies—the ways you process information or what motivates you to action. Some help explain how you relate to others.…

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Is “Busy” the new buzzword?

Ask anyone how they are doing, and one of the most common responses (other than maybe “fine”) is “busy.” How are you? Busy. How’s your summer? Busy. How is so-and-so? Busy. Certainly nothing is wrong with being busy- none of us want to sit at home or at work bored to tears. It can even be a good thing! The best kind of busy is when you’re able to fill your professional and personal calendars with work and commitments that you are excited about and are meaningful to you. But—as a society—don’t you think we could all benefit from taking…

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The Importance of Community Involvement

As millennials, we are more interconnected than ever—with a variety of social media platforms and constantly evolving technology at our fingertips. It’s easy to  connect with someone on LinkedIn, or follow them on Twitter,  but this month, we wanted to highlight something else—beyond online connectivity—that’s important to a lot of millennials for both personal and professional reasons: in-person, community involvement. Community involvement can take several different forms, and any activity that helps you get plugged into your community and meet people is time well spent. We’ve reflected on some of the community activities and involvement that we’ve been a part…

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Health & Wellness: Combating the Stress of the Job

Elise on why health and wellness matter: In today’s hustle and bustle of work, family and other obligations, our health and wellness can quickly fall to the back burner.  It is easy to plummet into unhealthy habits during long days at the office, especially when donuts, candy, cookies and other temptations are so easily accessible. Being a lawyer is stressful and demanding.  Maintaining a well-balanced healthy lifestyle is so important and can help you stay focused, feel energized, and be prepared to take on the unexpected challenges faced throughout the work week.  Below are a few wellness suggestions that you…

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Why, hello there!

As the 2019 Writers in Residence program kicks off, we here at Millennial Women are thrilled to kick off our column and welcome you, our readers. As we start blogging, we thought the first question we needed to address is: why are we here? Meaning, why are we creating a blog post monthly, and why should you read our posts? Well, aside for our brilliant writing and cool blog title name (at this point both Elise and Melanie have rolled their eyes at me)… but in all seriousness, we want to discuss issues affecting diversity in the legal profession. And…

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What Is The Number One Piece of Career Advice You Have Received?

By: Lindsay Nichols, Melanie Lazor & Elise Hoffer The number one piece of career advice we have received is to pick an area of law that, at its core, is interesting to you. In other words, don’t just sign up for “General Rotation” as a summer associate because that’s what everyone else does - think through what you hope to accomplish as an attorney and try to find a practice area that will give you opportunities to do that. Lindsay: I really like Labor & Employment for two reasons: one, because people sometimes do crazy things at work and then…

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