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Participating Career Counselors
Bruce Blackwell, President and Founder of Career Strategies International, Inc., in White Plains, NY, has been advising attorneys on career transition issues for nearly twenty years. He brought to that discipline two decades of corporate marketing and management experience. Early in his career, he was an award-winning editor and nationally syndicated newspaper columnist for Gannett Newspapers. He later became Vice President of Marketing for a cable TV network before transitioning into the motion picture industry, where he was Director of Marketing and Corporate Affairs for New Line Cinema and Director of Publicity for MGM. While with Marketing Corporation of America, he consulted on marketing issues for companies like IBM, 3M, GE, Avon, Lorillard, and Burger King. Subsequently, he was on the U.S. Executive Committee for BASYS, the world's largest broadcast automation software development firm. Before founding Career Strategies, he had been a Branch Manager and Senior Consultant for two of the leading career development firms in the Northeast. A noted author and lecturer on career issues, Mr. Blackwell has presented career transition seminars for the New Jersey Bar Association’s Institute for Continuing Legal Education, the FDIC, the State of Connecticut Legal Services division, and the New York County Lawyers Association. He has also been a panelist at career forums sponsored by The New York State Bar Association and American Lawyer Media, among others.
Joi Y. Bourgeois
Joi Y. Bourgeois, is Vice President at Greiner Consulting. Since joining Greiner Consulting in 2000, Joi has been providing transition and career counseling and coaching for lawyers at all levels. In addition, Joi directs nationwide marketing and business development for the firm. Joi offers both a background as a transactional lawyer and expertise in corporate sales and sales training. She began her career, over 20 years ago, as a transactional attorney at Clifford Chance before joining the corporate practice at Richards Kibbe & Orbe. Later, she was in-house with Dan Klores Communications, a prominent New York public relations firm, having first served as a Business Development Manager for the legal division of Spherion Workforce Architects. A frequent presenter on issues affecting lawyers in the industry, she is admitted to the New York State Bar and is a member of the New York City Bar Association, the New York County Lawyers Association, and the New York Women's Bar Association.
Cynthia Leeds Friedlander
Cynthia Leeds Friedlander is an executive coach, management consultant, career and communication coach, educator, lecturer, trainer, counselor, and group facilitator. Her areas of expertise include Communication, Executive Coaching, Professional Presence, Career Management/Transition, Leadership Development, Conflict Resolution, and Teambuilding. She has maintained a private career consulting and executive coaching practice since 1979, Cynthia Leeds Friedlander Consulting Services. Her consulting affiliations have included Partners International, Sirkin Associates and QED Consulting. She was a Vice President at The Strickland Group, from 1997 to 2000, providing career transition consulting, executive coaching, communication training, leadership development, team building, client management and a wide variety of organizational consulting, speaking presentation and seminar delivery. She was affiliated with Right Management Consultants, as a Senior Professional Services Consultant from 1985 to 1997. She has consulted extensively to law firms, legal associations, corporate legal divisions and general counsel departments, working with all levels including legal administrators, junior associates, associates, senior associates, partners, senior partners, managing partners, general counsels, heads of legal, and heads of business affairs. She has worked extensively with all levels of the workforce including CEO, Executive Director and President. Her consulting has included diverse business environments including entertainment, mass media, financial services, retail, manufacturing, consumer products, technology, legal, publishing, advertising, and marketing as well as various cultural, government, trade and educational organizations and associations.
She is a frequent presenter and seminar facilitator for diverse professional associations and businesses on the topics of effective communication, executive presence, and leadership. She has been a Counseling Associate and presenter for the Harvard Business School New York Career Assessment Seminars and a presenter for The Harvard Business School New York Club, has directed a career assessment program for Stanford Business School alumni and has been a Career Advisor for Wharton alumni. Her experience includes the Directorships of Career Services for the National Institute for the Psychotherapies and Yeshiva University, as well as coordinating the Ellen Morse Tishman Seminars at Hunter College of the City University of New York for college educated women with family responsibilities exploring re-entry into the workforce. She has also been an Adjunct Faculty member at Hunter College, City University if New York, teaching Adult Career Transition and Career Counseling in the Masters in Counseling program.
Her background includes extensive business experience in the fashion industry in both retail and wholesale manufacturing settings including Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor, Charles of the Ritz Cosmetics, Van Raalte and specialty boutiques in Virginia and North Carolina.
She has been a volunteer for Share, a support organization for women with breast and ovarian cancer where she ran the Friends and Family Group and has led groups for women with cancer who are addressing difficult work situations. She has also presented career seminars for inner city students at Jobs For Youth in New York City, a cooperative program with major Fortune 100 corporations as sponsors. She is an Advisory Board Member and Facilitator for the Corporate Workplace Program for The Children’s Aid Society.
She holds a Masters Degree in Counseling from Hunter College and a Bachelors Degree from the University of North Carolina, has studied at the University of Grenoble, France and speaks French.
Desiree Jaeger-Fine is founder and principal of Jaeger-Fine, a career management firm for foreign lawyers who seek employment in the U.S. Desiree is a member of the New York bar and has authored over 120 articles and two books about professional development and the U.S. Master of Laws degree. Desiree is a frequent speaker at law schools, law firms and governmental organizations around the world, inter alia in Brazil, Mexico, France and Germany and is frequently cited in career related publications. She recently sold her first start-up, LLM-United, a professional online network for Master of Laws alumni and current and prospective students only two years after its launch.
Desiree holds law degrees from both the University of Bonn (Germany) and Fordham Law School in New York from which she graduated cum laude with a master degree in Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law. In Germany, Desiree worked at PriceWaterhouse Coopers and, in New York City, at Ladas & Parry LLP and the Center on Law and Information Policy (CLIP) at Fordham Law School. At CLIP she received a post graduate fellowship funded by Google, through which she completed a paper on Internet Jurisdiction in Europe which was subsequently published by the CLIP office.
Desiree is an active member of the Career Advancement and Management Committee of the New York City Bar Association.
Linda E. Laufer
Linda E. Laufer, a career coach and counselor, is the principal of Laufer Career Services. A former practicing attorney, Linda has 25 years of experience in coaching and counseling attorneys at all levels of experience, law students and other professionals on job search techniques and on career development and management skills.
Most recently, Linda served as an attorney development coach at Ropes & Gray for nearly six years. In that role, she coached associates on communication and presentation skills; people, project and time management; organization and prioritization strategies; personal brand development, goal setting and implementation; and career path assessment. Prior to Ropes, she was the firmwide director of attorney development at Morgan Lewis & Bockius where, in addition to coaching associates, she also oversaw training, mentoring and upward feedback.
Her background also includes career services experience at Yale Law School, New York University School of Law and St. John’s University School of Law. She counseled law students and alumni on resumes and cover letters, interviewing and networking, career assessment, job search strategies, job offer evaluation and clerkship and public interest fellowship applications. Linda also developed and presented programs on job search topics.
Linda has been a speaker at many career-related programs at the New York City Bar Association, as well as law firms, law schools and other bar associations and professional organizations. She has also written extensively about career matters, including a weekly column, Crossroads, which appeared for eight years online for the New York Law Journal.
Linda began her career as a litigation associate at several large New York law firms where she focused on corporate, securities, copyright and trademark matters. She is a graduate of Cornell Law School and University at Buffalo. Linda has completed the Association for Training and Development coaching certificate. She is also a member of the American Counseling Association and the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Career Advancement and Management.
Carroll Welch is a legal career coach and counselor and Principal and Founder of Carroll Welch Consulting, LLC. Carroll has extensive experience in assisting attorneys in their career development and advancement and has supported countless attorneys in employment searching, transitioning, re-entering the legal profession or pursuing alternative legal careers. Carroll graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1985 and the University of Virginia School of Law in 1989. After law school, Carroll practiced commercial litigation and employment law at two major law firms. In addition to maintaining a private career coaching and counseling practice, she works as a career advisor and program director at New Directions for Attorneys, Pace Law School’s attorney re-entry program. She has a certificate in Executive and Organizational Coaching from New York University and is a member of the International Coach Federation. Carroll is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York’s Women in the Profession Committee and is past Chair and Member of its Career Advancement and Management Committee.