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Career Advancement

Mindset Matters

How Mindset Impacts Your Performance and Steps You Can Take to Improve Both

Presented by Judith Gordon and Milana Hogan

Note: This is not for CLE. Part of the free Career Development Series, a monthly webinar series featuring practical tips from legal career experts. Live webinars are free and open to the public. The recorded program and materials are exclusively for ABA members.


What is mindset and why does it matter? Recent advances in neuroscience show that the brain is malleable, and given the right amount of effort, focus, and commitment, we can make significant and often dramatic improvements in our performance and productivity. Join us for an interactive hour during which we will describe the difference between a fixed and a growth mindset, and share recent research—undertaken by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession—about the many ways in which mindset impacts success in all spheres of practice, from solo practitioners to in-house counsel to lawyers working in the largest law firms in the world. Participants will have a chance to assess their own mindset, to engage in an exercise designed to get them thinking deeply about these concepts and to learn about the common habits and pitfalls that serve as growth mindset interrupters. At the end of the session, participants will understand how best to leverage these important concepts to advance their careers.

Change your mindset from black and white to color.

Change your mindset from black and white to color.


Judith Gordon

Facilitator, Mediator, Coach and Founder of LeaderEsQ, Los Angeles, CA

Milana Hogan

Chief Legal Talent Officer, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, New York, NY

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