April 10, 2018

Women lawyers at ABA event to discuss how cultivating ‘grit’ leads to success

CHICAGO, April 10, 2018 — Women lawyers will share their strategies for developing the grit-and-growth mindset vital to their career success at a panel discussion, “What is Grit, Why Women Lawyers Need It, and How You Can Learn It to Foster Success.” The event is sponsored by the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession and co-sponsored by Jenner & Block, Chicago Bar Association Alliance for Women, Illinois State Bar Association Women in the Law Committee and the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois.

“What is Grit, Why Women Lawyers Need It,
and How You Can Learn It to Foster Success”

Thursday, April 19, 2018
3:30-6:15 p.m. CST

Jenner & Block LLP
353 N. Clark St., Suite 4300
Chicago, IL 60654

Recent studies looked at the characteristics and personality traits of women who have made it to the top ranks of the legal profession, and found that these women often have a grit-and-growth mindset in common. What does this mean? In short, grit—defined as “perseverance and passion for long-term goals”—teamed with a growth mindset—the view that one’s abilities can be developed—were found to be important tools that aided highly successful women attorneys in handling challenging situations.

These research results inspired the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession to develop the Grit Project, which educates about the science behind the grit-and-growth mindset and, through its online toolkit, provides bar associations, law firms, corporate legal departments, and women attorneys with the resources to assess, teach and learn these traits. Commission Chair Stephanie Scharf, partner at Scharf Banks Marmor, will deliver welcoming remarks and commission member and Grit Committee co-chair Maureen Mulligan, a partner at Peabody & Arnold in Boston, will present research.

The discussion will be moderated by Melissa Root, a partner at Jenner & Block LLP. Panelists include:

  • Stacey Austin, partner at Wang Kobayashi Austin, LLC, Chicago
  • Jennifer Handa, associate general counsel at Accenture, Chicago
  • Eileen Letts, partner at Zuber, Lawler, & Del Duca LLP, Chicago
  • Elysia Solomon, senior vice president and deputy general counsel at Humana Inc., Chicago.

An agenda can be found here. There is no charge for media covering this event.  To register, please contact Jennifer Kildee at 202-662-1732 or Jennifer.Kildee@americanbar.org.

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