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Women of Color Workshop Series: Workshop I
Identifying and Cultivating Advisors, Mentors, and Sponsors

Thursday, February 24, 2011 6:30 PM-8:30 PM

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The legal workplace presents challenges that affect women of color differently or more acutely than others. At the same time, women of color attorneys often feel isolated in their workplaces and seek mentoring and collegial advice on career management and advancement issues. The Women of Color Workshop Series aims to address some of these challenges and help women of color attorneys develop their own strategies in navigating the profession. The Workshops offer an interactive forum for women of color to ask questions and share experiences that they may not have had an opportunity to voice in their workplaces.

The first of the three-part Workshop Series focuses on identifying and cultivating advisors, mentors, and sponsors, who are essential for career management and advancement, with sponsors having the most significant impact. Yet, the differences between these distinct relationships are often blurred by the catch-all phrase “mentoring.” Consequently, women fail to move ahead for lack of sponsorship despite institutional and informal mentoring relationships. This Workshop identifies the boundaries of these relationships and explores how best to cultivate and leverage them to achieve your career goals.

Sunny H. Kim
Associate, Thompson Hine LLP

Cynthia Bookhart Adams
Executive Director, Legal and Compliance, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Angelia Dickens,
Corporate Counsel, American Civil Liberties Union

Mei Lin Kwan-Gett
Partner, Litigation, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

María D. Meléndez
Partner, Litigation, Sidley Austin LLP

The Women of Color Workshop Series is sponsored by the Committee on Women in the Profession, Angela T. Rella, Chair; and the Committee on Minorities in the Profession, Lorraine McGowen, Chair.

New York City Bar, House of the Association, 42 West 44th Street

Registration Information:
Light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

There is no charge for this event, but registration is required as space is limited. Please register online.

Workshop II, "Managing Transitions," is on Thursday, April 21, 2011, and Workshop III, "Rainmaking," is on Thursday, June 9, 2011, both from 6:30-8:30 pm at the House of the Association. More information on these Workshops will be available this Spring.