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About the Leadership Program

NAWL’s 2022 Leadership Program is a 6-week intensive cohort that seeks to strengthen participants’ leadership skills and build their professional networks.  Each session is designed to assist participants in fortifying their sense of leadership and developing meaningful connections through impactful presentations, small-group discussions, and community-building exercises. The Program is intended for NAWL members who are in a mid-to-senior career stage or beyond and ready to move to the next level (for example, into partnership, equity partnership, a leadership or management position in their company or firm, or otherwise) and are looking to finetune their leadership skills in the process. All participants will be provided individual growth opportunities on EQ, self-awareness, and other learned skills that lead to continued career development and career opportunities. The mission of the Program is to help participants prioritize themselves and advance their careers. 

Leadership Program Details

NAWL’s 2022 Leadership Program sessions will be held each Friday from September 23 - October 28, 2022. The 90-minute sessions will be held virtually, with a speaker or panel to discuss each topic to kick off the session, followed by breakout sessions with designated smaller cohort groups. These same cohort breakouts will remain intact throughout the Program to foster meaningful relationship building, create trusted spaces for discussion, and ensure deeper long-term connections. Participants must commit to attend five out of the six sessions in order to join the 2022 Leadership Program. Register by  September 16.

WEEK ONE |  Cultivating Authentic Leadership: Communicating Effectively and Engaging Impactfully

September 23, 12:00 - 1:30 PM ET

This session will discuss effective communication from presenting, negotiating, pitching a client, delivering guidance, or coaching a team member; and impactful executive presence to understand and navigate how other people perceive your and your brand.

Megan A. Carpenter, Chief of Staff and Senior Director Communications, Microsoft

WEEK TWO |  Managing Up, Down, and Across

September 30, 12:00 - 1:30 PM ET

Discover tools to help you navigate and influence across all different management scenarios.

Mary Abbajay, President & CEO, Careerstone Group LLC and Author, Managing Up: How to Succeed with Any Type of Boss

WEEK THREE |  Understanding the Different Power Centers and Written and Unwritten Rules in Your Organization

October 7, 12:00 - 1:30 PM ET

Every organization has them - groups of people whose decisions, big and small, can directly impact your career opportunities.  Identifying them and navigating them successfully can help save time, improve job satisfaction, and help with career advancement.

Guissu Baier, Co-Founder, The People Collective

Desiree Moore, Partner, K&L Gates

Kristen Pugsley-Onsager, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft

Saren Williams, Assistant General Counsel, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

WEEK FOUR |  Mentorship, Sponsorship, and Allyship: Career Changing Relationships

October 14, 12:00 - 1:30 PM ET

Mentorship, sponsorship, and allyship relationships help professionals supercharge their careers and level up to meet their goals. This panel will offer diverse perspectives on how to develop these relationship and to leverage them for professional development career advancement.

Teresa Beck, Managing Shareholder, Klinedinst PC

Judy Jennison, Partner, Perkins Coie LLP

Creadell Webb, Attorney and Chief DEI Officer, First Judicial Court of Pennsylvania

WEEK FIVE |  Is It Imposter Syndrome or Trespasser Syndrome?

October 21, 12:00 - 1:30 PM ET

A discussion with Dr. Arin Reeves about the differences between imposter syndrome and trespasser syndrome, and when to apply each term. Dr. Reeves will dive into how trespasser syndrome is experienced by underrepresented groups and how to take down the metaphorical "keep out" signs in order to create a more inclusive workplace.

Dr. Arin Reeves, President & Principal, Nextions

WEEK SIX |  Energy Leakage Liabilities: How to Protect Your Most Precious Resource So You Can Focus on the Things That Really Matter

October 28, 12:00 - 1:30 PM ET

You are spilling your most precious resource - your energy. Discover the holes in your bucket and, more importantly, how to shore them up. Imagine having energy to spare and bandwidth to focus on the health objectives that keep getting put to the bottom of the list. Finally, learn the tools of resilience that support your optimization even during stress.

Dr. Heather Denniston, WELLFITandFED