Building Executive Presence for Women Leaders: Concrete Professional Development Plans to Take Your Communications, Negotiation, and Management Skills to the Next Level

July 29, 2016 1:30pm

Ellen Ostrow Ph.D., PCC, CMC
Founder and Principal
Lawyers Life Coach LLC (Washington, DC)

Mercedes K. Meyer Ph.D.
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP (Washington, DC)

Lisa Lipkin
Story Strategies (New York, NY)

Linda F. Schneider
Assistant General Counsel

Julie Crotty JD, MBA
Senior Consultant
YSC Ltd. (A Global Leadership Consulting Firm) (Deputy Director of Mediation and Business Strategy, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), 2004-2014)

Tailored towards attorneys who are already excellent communicators and led by multiple executive and communications coaches, this sessions will give attendees greater poise, confidence, charisma, and the ability to connect with and influence both senior leadership and direct reports. Topics to be discussed include:

Communication techniques

  • Building your brand: identifying and communicating your core narratives to memorably share your strengths, passions, values, and goals
  • Lessons from the TED stage: using the art of storytelling to make the content of what you are saying unforgettable and intriguing
  • Re-appropriating personality traits revered in male attorneys which might be perceived negatively in their female counterparts


  • Positioning the message and asking the right questions to get to “yes” when advocating for your company and your self
  • Learning how to make the ask and learning how to accept “no” if that’s the answer

Management Skills

  • Delivering feedback and coaching your team constructively and positively
  • Managing difficult people and difficult communications situations
  • Concrete tips for earning authoritative respect amongst your peers and direct reports, increasing your visibility within your organization, and making sure your contributions and achievements are known