The 2020 Leadership Institute Foundations Program A Five-Part Seminar

Event Details

Oct 21 - Nov 18, 2020



Leadership is more important today than ever. As change is thrust upon the legal sector from all sides – a global pandemic, a renewed movement for civil rights, industry disruption, generational shifts, and more – the pressure upon law firm leaders is unprecedented. Yet few are well-prepared. According to research jointly conducted by The Tilt Institute and LawVision:

  • Just ⅔ of law firms offer any leadership training to lawyers
  • A typical law firm partner gets less than 12 hours in annual leadership training
  • Only 32% of law firms offer a dedicated leadership program to partners

The Leadership Institute’s Foundations Program is designed to help law firms tackle this challenge and take advantage of the tremendous opportunities presented by the current environment.

A joint effort by industry veterans, John Mitchell and Marcie Borgal Shunk, and sponsored by Thomson Reuters’ Legal Executive Institute, this unprecedented program demonstrates the power of remote learning. The Leadership Institute’s Foundations Program draws on a broader curriculum to deliver a six-week course of live online learning, skill-building, interactive brainstorming, self-discovery, opportunities to put theory into practice and targeted planning for change.

This unique opportunity is available to 60 total participants on a first come, first served basis. Registration is limited to one individual per firm. We may consider up to two registrants for senior administrative professionals accompanying lawyer leaders or exploring the program for their firms. This program is designed for practicing lawyers.

Attendees will learn the fundamentals of leadership, tools to advance and evolve your current leadership style, how to engage others in change, and more. Specifically, we will explore five core areas:

  1. The leadership journey (Oct 21, 2020)
  2. Leading self (Oct 28, 2020)
  3. Leading process (Nov 4, 2020)
  4. Leading people (Nov 11, 2020)
  5. Leading change (Nov 18, 2020)

About The Leadership Institute

The Leadership Institute is a comprehensive curriculum designed to jump-start the transition into leadership and provide professionals with the tools, awareness and approaches to advance along their journey to becoming the best leaders they can be.

The Leadership Institute’s Foundations Program incorporates a cross-section of sessions from the complete curriculum to deliver a solid foundation for emerging and incoming leaders. This virtual workshop, divided into five highly interactive, 90-minute sessions, will explore each individual’s natural leadership tendencies, delve into how leaders influence others through words and actions, and define the critical value of leadership today in advancing successfully through times of great change.

Registration is now closed.

Why You Should Attend

For six weeks, you will have the opportunity to learn, engage, interact, brainstorm and network with fellow members of your cohort. The Leadership Institute's promise to you is to deliver a high-touch, dynamic program unlike any you have experienced online. Specifically, over the course of our six weeks together, you will:
  • Gain insight into your personal leadership style, its strengths and potential liabilities
  • Practice tools and techniques to flex your leadership style and adapt to varied situations and circumstances
  • Identify and share experiences, vulnerabilities and growth opportunities with other leader-students
  • Deepen your perspective on how to create productive, healthy interactions with colleagues, team members and clients
  • Identify at least one area for focused improvement and development
  • Learn to effectively motivate others in meetings, client work and collaborative efforts
  • Discover high-impact ways to engage and develop talent
  • Get one-on-one attention on a pers

    Who Should Attend

  • Incoming law firm leaders
  • Law firm practice group heads
  • Law firm Committee chairs
  • Corporate legal and law firm rising stars
  • New law firm partners

    Additional Program Details

    Designed for a Virtual World

    The Leadership Institute’s Foundations Program is designed explicitly for online delivery. Drawing on over two decades of experience training hundreds of law firm leaders in-person and remotely, proven techniques in online learning and research on what works – and what doesn’t – in a virtual classroom, John and Marcie have developed a unique approach to provide the same (and better) benefits than a one-day, in-person leadership program.

    Attendee Commitment: You Get What You Give

    By registering for this six-week course, The Leadership Institute asks for a commitment from each participant to:

    • Complete preparatory work including a self-assessment, survey and optional reading
    • Join five live, interactive 90-minute sessions by video at 12 pm ET on Oct 14, Oct 21, Nov 4, Nov 11, and Nov 18
    • Participate in online brainstorming and engagement assignments between sessions
    • Access a brief, small group planning call facilitated by a faculty member for a team project to be completed between Oct 21 and Nov 11
    • Complete a short (ungraded) quiz at the end of each session to reinforce key concepts
    • Bring curiosity, an open mind, a willingness to share and a respect for others
  • Event Co-Chairs

    Marcie Borgal Shunk

    President & Founder, The Tilt Institute

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    John E. Mitchell

    Principal, KM Advisors, LLC

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    Event Details

    Wednesday, Oct 21

    12:00-1:30PM ET
    Part One: The Leadership Journey

    Wednesday, Oct 28

    12:00-1:30PM ET
    Part Two: Leading Self

    Wednesday, Nov 04

    12:00-1:30PM ET
    Part Three: Leading Process

    Wednesday, Nov 11

    12:00-1:30PM ET
    Part Four: Leading People

    Wednesday, Nov 18

    12:00-1:30PM ET
    Part Five: Leading Change


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