Male associates appear to struggle with this fact less than females, and women often face bigger challenges when they try to assume leadership roles or take credit for their accomplishments. Beth and Alison realized that women needed training geared specifically toward helping them embrace their natural talents in order to empower them to overcome societal barriers.
The Ladder Down program kicks-off with two sessions on leadership training geared toward increasing emotional intelligence through self-awareness. Lynn Moran guides participants through the Myers-Briggs and TKI Conflict Resolution assessments and gives them a better understanding of who they are, how they process information, and how they communicate with others. Her instruction is key to understanding the women’s different communication and leadership styles. The women in the Ladder Down program become aware of the traits associated with each of the 16 different types, and come to recognize how crucial this awareness can be in both internal and external communication and business development.
The next stage in the Ladder Down program is the business development boot-camp led by Marianne Trost. Her instruction is invaluable to learning the many components of successful business development and skills such as asking for business – a task that often does not come easily to women. Over the course of four Saturday morning sessions, the women participate in hands-on exercises that strengthen their ability to state accomplishments, network, and state their value. Marianne’s focus is on teaching the women how to make business development work for them through maximizing their natural strengths and not conforming to a “one size fits all” business development model. She provides tips and real life examples to the participants on all of the key components that lead to successful rainmaking.
Ladder Down gave me the support and encouragement I needed to move forward in an area that was unfamiliar to me – being in business for myself. I gained new insights into who I am and how I relate to others, and there was a wealth of information about how to develop business for both small and big firms alike. I will always value the information I received and the friendships I made along the way.
Ladder Down is an exceptional program that I am very proud to be a part of. The leadership and business generation skills it taught me have proven invaluable to my practice. It is an innovative program with a practical and candid approach that I do not think I would get anywhere else. I loved every minute of it and look forward to continue to build on the skills I learned and friendships I made.
Ladder Down has taught me how to pursue business opportunity but, most importantly, has prepared me to take advantage of business opportunity when it presents itself. The program has helped me generate a sincere confidence in my abilities as a lawyer and the value I bring to my firm, my clients and my community.