About the Project

The Grit Project educates women lawyers about the science behind grit and growth mindset - two important traits that many successful women lawyers have in common. By providing the tools to assess and learn these traits the Grit Project enhances the effectiveness as well as the retention and promotion of women lawyers.

The Grit Toolkit

Achieve Professional Success

The Toolkit is the first step in a series of projects that the Commission on Women is implementing to educate women lawyers on the power of these important traits. Perfect for hosting programs at your school, firm, bar association, or other organization, the online Toolkit includes the resources below.

Introduction

One of the Commission's signature projects, initially developed in 2014, is the Grit Project. Discover why this toolkit was developed and how to use it.

Welcome Letter

Toolkit - brochure

Planning the Program

Sample conference agendas for a 1-, 1 1/2-, or 2-hour program. Includes format, sequence of presentations, and segment options. Also customizable slides with talking points to use for programming and discussion.

Power Point

Sample - agendas

Program Materials

Links to the grit and mindset tests for program participants.

Growth Mindset

Grit - test

Discussion Resources

Program participants can read and discuss these scenarios that regularly come up for women lawyers.

Guides for

Written - scenarios

Marketing Your Program

You might need to exercise your own grit when promoting your program! Make sure to ask yourself these four questions before planning your event, and get the word out on social media.

Social Media

Four - questions

Love This Toolkit?

The Commission on Women in the Profession provides our program toolkits free of charge. If our materials were useful to you, please consider donating to the Fund for Justice and Education (FJE) and designating the Commission as the recipient. Thank you!

Give - now

Got Questions?

Email our program specialist Cecilia Boyd at cecilia.boyd@americanbar.org for more information!

Video Scenario Library

Video Scenario Library

Would you prefer to present the scenarios in this toolkit as videos rather than written discussion tools? Use our video library! We have videos depicting a billing credit dispute, struggling with your workload, the job search, and bullying in a deposition.

Learn - More

Use Permissions

The Grit Project Toolkit was designed for organizations to use as a program-in-a-box, free of charge. Just put the following language on your materials: "©2014 by the American Bar Association. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any or portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association."

Did you use this toolkit?

We need your feedback and suggestions. If you present the Grit Toolkit, please complete the Toolkit Use form.

Upcoming Events

Where can you attend a Grit Project event? Visit our Events page and see opportunities across the country. Don't forget you can host your own event with the toolkit resources above.