“Our aim for the workshop is that every course participant walks away with information they can immediately use to advance their career,” notes Susan Blount, Center for Women in Law’s president-elect.

    NEW YORK, NY, March 06, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ — Take The Lead (https://www.taketheleadwomen.com/about) today announced its partnership with the Center for Women in Law (CWIL) (https://law.utexas.edu/cwil/) to launch a new three-part interactive online course titled “Powerful in 2021: Competence, Confidence, and Intention for Women in Law.” The three, two-hour sessions will begin on March 17, 2021 at 1 PM ET and continue at the same time on March 24 and 31, 2021. Through learning about and identifying existing sources of power, participants will be given tools to achieve their career objectives, whether it’s landing a management role, building a client base, or snagging an assignment that will position them well for the future. Tickets are priced at $150. To register, visit https://courses.taketheleadwomen.com/womeninlaw. “Powerful in 2021: Competence, Confidence, and Intention for Women in Law” was made possible with generous support from the partners and sponsors of Shearman & Sterling.

“Our aim for the workshop is that every course participant walks away with information they can immediately use to advance their career,” notes Susan Blount, Center for Women in Law’s president-elect. A nationally recognized leader in diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, Blount served as General Counsel of Prudential Financial for ten years. She also previously served as an Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow at Harvard University.

The classes were designed to focus on women lawyers who are 5-10 years into their professional career. It will also take into consideration the unique needs of women of color. “We were intentional about this,” says Blount, “because the numbers bear out that our industry needs to do a better job at getting more women of color in leadership positions.”

A new report for the American Bar Association (www.americanbar.org), “Left Out and Left Behind: The Hurdles, Hassles, and Heartaches of Achieving Long-Term Legal Careers for Women of Color”, underscores Blount’s comments. Dr. Destiny Peery, the lead researcher and the study’s author, notes this and other research make clear that the legal profession continues to fail at retaining women of color. “Stubborn barriers to advancement resulting from the traditional requirements of success in legal practice, and an exclusive professional culture, continue to reflect a narrow set of norms, assumptions, and expectations at odds with an increasingly diverse world,” says Dr. Peery.

“It’s a natural fit for a program designed by women in support of other women to launch during Women’s History Month,” says Gloria Feldt, co-founder and president of Take The Lead. “Take The Lead and the Center for Women in Law are committed to equality, intersectionality, and diversity, and ‘Powerful in 2021: Competence, Confidence, and Intention for Women in Law’ encompasses all of that.”

Powerful Learning

Participants will learn from a wide range of diverse female leaders in law, and meet peers with similar challenges, while strengthening their professional network.

Course objectives will help women to:

• Set actionable steps to swiftly advance their legal career

• Become the CEO of their own life by identifying what differentiates them (points of power) in order to effectively demonstrate value

• Master commanding conversations with intention by setting the agenda and defining the terms

• Rethink power in a way that better suits everyone (not just women), shifting to the generative “power to” instead of the traditional and oppressive “power over”

• Use course teachings to take the lead with confidence, authenticity, intentionality, and joy.

Event speakers are known for their expertise and inclusive teaching practices. They include:

• Susan Blount, lead trainer for Take The Lead and president-elect of the Center for Women in Law

• Felicia Davis, CEO of Joyful Transformations, and an award-winning leadership consultant

• Valerie Esparza, director of operations and programs at the Center for Women in Law

• Sandra Phillips Rogers, Group Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer, Toyota Motor North America and Chief Diversity Officer, Toyota Motor North America

• Gina Shishima, Chief Strategy and Operations Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

• Gloria Feldt, co-founder and president of Take The Lead

About the Center for Women in Law

The Center for Women in Law (https://law.utexas.edu/cwil/) is the premier educational institution devoted to the success of the entire spectrum of women in law, from first-year law students to the most experienced and accomplished attorneys. It combines theory with practice, identifying and addressing the persistent issues facing individual women and the profession as a whole.

CWIL is the only center of its kind in the United States. CWIL serves as a national resource to convene leaders, generate ideas, and lead change.

About Take The Lead

Take The Lead is a 501 (c) (3) that prepares, develops, inspires, and propels women to take their fair and equal share of leadership positions across all sectors by 2025. The organization’s numerous programs and services for professional women include 50 Women Can Change the World, Power to Change Stories, Premier Coaching Program, Power to Change Webinar Series, The Movement Blog, and The Power Up Conference for DEI, scheduled for the spring during Diversity Month.

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