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.
The initiative kicked off on March 3, 2017 with the first ever Women Leading in Law Business & Philanthropy Conference – an event in which 250+ gathered to hear from leading women in private practice, government, business, and nonprofit.
In its second year, the Women’s Leadership Initiative launched New! Now. Next? – cohort-based professional skills training. New! Now. Next? creates spaces in which women lawyers come together to engage in sophisticated programming and peer-to-peer discussions specific to life/career stage.
The New! Associate Acceleration Academy is designed for women in their first 1-3 years of practice. Participants will meet on a monthly basis from September until May to 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
All sessions held from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the College of Law unless otherwise noted on the following dates:
September 12: New! Now. Next? Fall Kickoff
November: Individual participants will schedule a personal strengths coaching session at a time and location that is convenient for the individual
The cost for the New! Associate Acceleration Academy is $500 per person (checks made payable to UNL). This includes the September kickoff, an individual Strengths coaching session and seven other programs.
Now. Leadership Cohort is geared for the woman who is 7-15 years into her career. She is a partner or manager that has an established client-base/career and 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 group.
All sessions held from 3:30-6:00 p.m. at Quarry Oaks unless otherwise noted on the following dates:
September 12: New! Now. Next? Fall Kickoff
December: Individual participants will schedule a personal strengths coaching session at a time and location that is convenient for the individual.
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.
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. The first event is the kickoff program on September 12 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Lunch programs are currently being planned for November, January, March, May and July. Be sure to sign up to receive email invitations to Next? Lunch Series events.
Calling all volunteers!
We need your help! The College of Law is proud to host Accelerate 2018: Grow. Rise. Lead. – a conference for law students across the Midwest – in partnership with Ms. JD. This day-long event scheduled for November 2, 2018 will be filled with panels, speakers, and mentoring opportunities for students. Willing to fill one or more of these roles? Let us know!
“I learned more than I thought I would about communication styles and power dynamics. This has helped me better communicate my expectations, resolve issues and address conflict with my partner in practice, the employees I manage and the peers I work with on seminars, boards, and outside organizations. I am much more aware of the type of influence I hold on people and am using strategies to build the strength of my core team and do a better job in recognizing the value they provide to the organization in ways that matter to them. I learned that many problems are not isolated to big firms or small firms and that even though I came from an extremely small firm in a rural area, my peers were having the same issues I was in my law practice. The major benefit I found in this program was that it created a network of women that wanted to help and learn from each other. It was a group of women all committed to becoming better, stronger, more effective leaders in our organizations that were not afraid to ask the tough questions, to provide honest feedback, and to make sure you saw the value in yourself for your organization."
Christin P. LovegroveHeinisch & Lovegrove Law Office, PC LLO
“I participated in the inaugural Now. Leadership Cohort. I enjoyed connecting with other women who are leaders in our respective organizations and encountering the same issues and facing the same struggles. This group provided a peer sounding board for candid discussions about how to maximize our potential as leaders. Positive momentum and positive energy were two themes I carried with me after each gathering.”
Tara PaulsonRembolt Ludtke
“As I celebrated by tenth year of practicing law in a private firm, I was looking for ways to continue growing my leadership and communication skills, to build upon successes in business development, and to network with other professional women facing the same challenges - and celebrating the same successes - in this stage of our careers. I found all of that in the Now.Leadership Cohort.
The opportunity to be part of the Now.Leadership Cohort has been invaluable to me, both personally and professionally. Quarterly meetings with a group of driven women, educational opportunities, in-depth discussions and problem-solving left me feeling each meeting more empowered, more engaged in my career, and more prepared for future leadership opportunities. And, going forward, I’m part of a fantastic group of women committed to staying connected and engaged as we move through our careers.”
Tara StingleyCline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather LLP
“As a first year associate, the New! Associate Acceleration Academy helped me to transition from the role of a law student into one of a lawyer. Being part of the Academy helped me to develop the mindset necessary to achieve success and taught me how to utilize my strengths in the practice of law. I also enjoyed the Academy’s many opportunities to network with other new associates practicing throughout Omaha, Lincoln and greater Nebraska, as well as more established attorneys.”
Alyssa StokesKoley Jessen