New! Now. Next? Women's Initiative

Women's Initiative

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The College of Law is committed to its Women's Leadership Initiative – an initiative focused on providing women lawyers with the leadership training and professional network they need to successfully navigate the profession. 

Sign-up for New! Associate Acceleration Academy  Sign-up for Now. Leadership Cohort


The New! Associate Acceleration Academy is designed for women in their first 1-3 years of practice. Participants will learn and practice skills that will help elevate performance during their first years of practice and help aid the transition from student to employee. Topics to be covered include:

  • Grit & Growth Mindset
  • Strengths-based Engagement
  • Intrapreneurship (Understanding the Business of Law & How to Be Successful In It)
  • Entrepreneurship (Networking, Building a Book of Business)
  • Communicating with Impact

In addition to this programming, participants will build a circle of trust with similarly situated women in law that will serve as a resource and network throughout their respective careers.

The cost for the New! Associate Acceleration Academy is $500 per person and includes one night hotel stay, all meals, and programming. Cost also includes individual Strengths coaching session to be arranged prior to the weekend retreat.



Now. Leadership Cohort is geared for the woman who is 7-15 years into her career. She is poised to take on a more significant leadership role within her organization (or already is doing so). This cohort will meet quarterly for a mix of programming, problem-solving, and brainstorming within this confidential circle of similarly situated women.

Due to demand, this year we are offering Now. Leadership Cohorts in the Lincoln/Omaha and Hastings/Grand Island/Kearney areas.

The cost for the Now. Leadership Cohort is $500 per person (checks made payable to UNL). This includes the September kickoff, an individual Strengths coaching session, and all other sessions.

Sign-up for Now. Leadership Cohort


Next? Lunch Series is designed to appeal to women who are highly accomplished in their respective careers, but are interested in the next challenge. Is it paid board service or running for office? Is it establishing yourself as a consultant in your area of expertise or increasing the consulting work that you already do? Maybe, it's devoting more time and energy to mentoring women within your organization. These lunchtime programs will take place on an every other month basis and will hopefully spark thoughts about the next big thing that lies ahead of you. Topics tentatively include:

  • Paid Board Service on a National Level
  • Running for Office
  • Developing Power Players
  • Access to Justice: How to Help
  • Pivot: Repackaging Your Skills to Expand Your Business

Next? Lunch Series programming is $20 per event. Lunch programs are currently being planned for November, January, March, and May.  Be sure to sign up to receive email invitations to Next? Lunch Series events.