Editors’ Picks: TWLL’s Best Advice from the First Half of 2019

Topics: Corporate Legal, Diversity, Law Firms, Leadership, Talent Development, Thomson Reuters, Women’s Leadership Blog Posts

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Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute’s Transforming Women’s Leadership in the Law (TWLL) initiative perused its most viewed blog posts from the first half of 2019 to review what made the content so attractive. Below are excerpts from and links to the most salient advice for our readers:

Best Career Advice

Build your network. “I would tell myself to build a wonderful network of people on whom you rely and who rely on you.” — Laura Stein, GC of Clorox


Learn how to breakdown complex legal concepts to lay people. “Keep messages simple… break the information down to what is of utmost importance and most relevant.” — Phyllis Harris, GC & Chief Compliance & Ethics Officer for the American Red Cross


Reframe your mindset on business development. Redefine networking as “taking an interest in another person.” — Michelle Mancino March, IP Litigation Partner at Arent Fox


Most Inspiring Story in Response to the Question: What life moments have defined you?

“My parents’ decision to flee Communist Vietnam with three small children in tow. We left by cover of night on a fishing boat overflowing with fellow refugees. We were at sea for several days before being rescued. After a brief stay in Hong Kong, we left for the Philippines and lived in a refugee camp until a family in the United States agreed to sponsor us.” — Phuong Young, GC of Zynga, Inc.


Best Advice for Practice Leaders to Advance Diverse Talent

Monitor work allocation and matter assignments. “When staffing your next case, make sure the first people you assign don’t look like or have the same background as you. The best work product, the best thinking, comes from a group that reflects the broader world around us and that means having as many different life experiences and backgrounds around the table as possible.” — M. Scott Peeler, Partner and Co-Leader of the Government Enforcement & White Collar practice and Executive Committee member at Arent Fox