Women’s Leadership Forum Women’s Leadership Forum is a year-long program speciﬁcally designed to help high-achieving women lawyers in top national and international law ﬁrms reach their full potential. Working on real-life issues in small peer groups, participants develop leadership and management skills through transformative dialogue facilitated by a master-level training and coaching team. Unique in the law ﬁrm community, WLF is based on a proven model from the corporate world in which CEOs and other top executives meet in small peer groups on a regular basis to learn new skills, share challenges and help each other become more successful. The WLF curriculum draws on cutting-edge research in leadership development from Harvard, Stanford, and other top universities, and from the foremost thought leaders on personal effectiveness and leadership.
Leading-edge leadership skills training
WLF TAUGHT ME TRANSFORMATIONAL LIFE SKILLS AND THEN GAVE ME CONCRETE AND SPECIFIC WAYS TO APPLY THOSE SKILLS IN THE
Year-long transformational learning process
Application in real-time personal professional context
Community of peers
WORKPLACE AND BEYOND.”
— Partner, AmLaw 25 Law Firm
Time for reflection and planning
A n O p p o r t u n i t y fo r Fi r m s WLF is designed to make law ﬁrm careers sustainable and rewarding for women. Despite the signiﬁcant institutional changes law ﬁrms have made to improve retention of women lawyers, women remain underrepresented in law ﬁrm partnerships — particularly at senior levels and in leadership and management roles. And law ﬁrms are losing some of their most
talented lawyers, often at just the time in their careers when they have the most to offer. WLF focuses on reversing this trend by helping women become more efﬁcient, effective, successful and fulﬁlled in work and in life.
WOMEN IN PRIVATE PRACTICE 50%
15% 10% 5% 0% Summer Associates
Top 200 Managing Partners Source: American Bar Association
Results WLF teaches participants how to: Strengthen their entrepreneurial and business development skills; Develop an authentic leadership style, voice and presence; Leverage intellect and experience with strong emotional intelligence skills; Develop greater self-awareness and a deeper understanding of how to avoid getting in their own way as they work to achieve their goals; Embody effective assertiveness and direct communication with peers, more senior lawyers, clients and direct reports; Shift from being overwhelmed and over-loaded to operating with purpose, clarity and focus;
I ABSOLUTELY WOULD RECOMMEND WLF TO
COLLEAGUES. IT IS FILLED WITH PRACTICAL TOOLS THAT
Motivate and inspire a team;
WILL BENEFIT WOMEN IN LAW FIRMS. I AM AN ENTHUSIASTIC
Manage multiple demands and competing commitments more effectively;
ENDORSER.â€? â€” Partner, AmLaw 25 Law Firm
Find greater ease in integrating work and life; and Become more proactive and successful in creating the life they really want.
P rogram Description WLF consists of a year-long series of 10 monthly experiential workshops, during which participants build skills that improve their effectiveness, efﬁciency and personal fulﬁllment. The curriculum is cumulative and addresses the following topics:
I LEARNED AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT THROUGH WLF,
Developing effective teams
Motivating and inspiring others
Career and life vision
ESPECIALLY ABOUT MYSELF. I VALUE THE RELATIONSHIPS
Each three-hour workshop provides:
I HAVE FORMED WITH MY PEERS AND I AM ENJOYING PRACTICING THE TECHNIQUES THAT I LEARNED. I PARTICULARLY LIKED THE EXERCISES WHERE WE LEARNED
Practical tools, and practices to support participants in meeting their individual objectives. Time for reﬂection and planning to allow the participants to expand their capacity to be strategic about career and life choices.
THINGS ABOUT HOW WE ARE
Discussion of real-time challenges with experienced leadership coaches and a peer group.
LIMITING OUR OWN PROGRESS,
A community of support and feedback.
AND THE TECHNIQUES TO MOVE PAST OBSTACLES.” — Partner, AmLaw 25 Law Firm 4
Individual coaching sessions are available as an option to help participants fully integrate and sustain new behaviors and address particular issues or concerns.
M u l t i p l e Fo r m at s WLF is available in four different formats; WLF ORIGINAL FORMAT – This format is designed for a group of 8-12 women lawyers—each from a different peer ﬁrm—who are at similar levels of seniority. This format offers participants the unique opportunity to learn from and network in a group of peers from different law ﬁrms. If you are interested in joining a WLF in this format please go to womensleadershipforum.com and click “Join a Forum” or call 703-532-2024.
WLF IN-HOUSE – This format allows a ﬁrm to customize WLF to meet speciﬁc needs of the ﬁrm’s women lawyers, building on the WLF basic structure. This format allows participants from a single ﬁrm to explore the shared context of the ﬁrm and build a strong community of women with the potential to shift the culture of the ﬁrm over time. WLF RETREAT – This format brings together women lawyers from a ﬁrm to participate in an intensive two-day retreat followed by six webinars providing an opportunity for continuing dialogue. The beneﬁt of this format is that it allows women from multiple ofﬁces to participate and build strong community across ofﬁces. This format also has the potential to shift the culture of the ﬁrm over time. WLF FOR AFFINITY GROUPS – In this format we offer a package of four shorter sessions (2 hours each) delivered quarterly to a ﬁrm’s women’s afﬁnity group. The size of the group may range from 10 to 50 participants. This is a content rich program that can be delivered to multiple ofﬁces.
W L F Te s t i m o n i a l s COMMENTS FROM PARTNERS IN AMLAW 25 LAW FIRMS: “The WLF experience is empowering. It was valuable to understand how we got where we are, how our strengths are sometimes our saboteurs, how to recognize our values and needs, and how to set goals or declarations for our career or life.” “I loved meeting with peers and candidly discussing issues, getting exposure to new concepts and ways of thinking about myself as a leader and taking time to think about leadership and other concepts through homework, prep for class and in the meetings.” “We must be some of the busiest women in DC as partners in large law ﬁrms with small children, but we never want to miss our WLF meeting. It is the highlight of our month.” “I appreciated being able to spend time each month really thinking about my goals and needs – from a long term perspective, not just as a ﬁre drill. It’s like a mental back massage, with no distractions or ramiﬁcations. We all really need to be able to sit back and be able to observe ourselves objectively to change our behavior – and maybe those around us – to better achieve our goals.” “WLF provided me with transformational life skills and then gave me concrete and speciﬁc ways to apply those skills in the workplace and beyond.” “This experience was incredibly valuable from a growth/self-evaluation perspective – plus it is so nice to benchmark my experience with other women. This program has been an excellent use of my time.” “I absolutely would recommend WLF to colleagues. It is ﬁlled with practical tools that will beneﬁt women in law ﬁrms. I am an enthusiastic endorser.” “I learned an enormous amount from WLF, especially about myself. I value the relationships I have formed with my peers and I am enjoying practicing the techniques that I learned. I particularly liked the exercises where we learned things about how we are limiting our own progress, and the techniques to move past obstacles.”
Su s a n D u n l a p, Fo u n d e r W LF PRINCIPAL Susan Dunlap Associates Susan Dunlap is the founder of Women’s Leadership Forum. She is also the principal of Susan Dunlap Associates, a leadership development and executive coaching ﬁrm that specializes in working with lawyers and law ﬁrms. Susan brings more than 20 years of experience as a consultant and advisor to the chairs, managing partners, and practice group leaders in some of the country’s top law ﬁrms. As a consultant, Susan has helped law ﬁrm leaders deal with some of their most difﬁcult challenges, including ﬁrm-wide and practice group strategic planning, lateral partner hiring and integration, intra-ﬁrm conﬂict management, business development and marketing. Susan also has provided one-on-one coaching to hundreds of individual partners including Managing Partners and Practice Group Leaders. Susan combines a practical understanding of law ﬁrms with leadership training from two of the country’s top leadership coaching programs – Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching Program and The Strozzi Institute’s Somatic Coaching Program. Susan has taught CLE classes and programs for the Georgetown University Law Center and the D.C. Women’s Bar Association.
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