I started my career as an attorney at AmLaw 100 firms in Boston, MA. After 7 years of practice in estate planning and probate litigation, I transitioned to Professional Development. In my role as Director of Professional Development and Talent Management for the international law firm, I directed the evaluation and elevation processes for legal professionals firm wide, ran compensation processes, advised management on associate retention and development best practices, and coached attorneys at every level of the firm on business development, leadership management, and career advancement. I have spent 10 years feeding my passion: training attorneys in critical “soft” skills and coaching attorneys to determine, set and achieve their goals.
I hold a B.A. and J.D. from Boston College. I am a certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CTI), Associate Certified Coach (ICF), and certified Gallup Strengths Coach.
I primarily work with lawyers and legal professionals. I work with all levels and types of attorney – associates, income and equity partners, solo practitioners, and in-house counsel and legal administrators at the manager, director and chief levels.
About 20% of my practice is devoted to non-lawyer corporate executives.
I meet with my clients for 1.5 hours for our first session. During that time, we build tools for on-going coaching including getting clear on Strengths (using StrengthsFinder Assessment), Values, Saboteurs (using Positive Intelligence Saboteur Assessment) and Goals. All on-going sessions are 55min. My clients set the agenda for what they want to focus on during each call. I generally speak to my clients every other week, although I let my clients determine how frequently they’d like coaching. Engagements can run from 3 months up to a year or longer, depending on the services requested.
I ask that my clients be candid and honest with me and I agree to do the same – let’s keep it real. As your coach, I will help you see your own inclinations and habits and then help you change the behaviors that do not serve your goals. This requires that clients be willing to try new things. I will help you explore different perspectives and reframe your assertions to help you expand your ability to evaluate possible alternatives and outcomes. This requires that clients be willing to suspend disbelief.
I do not generally gather information from anyone other than my clients, unless they ask me to do so.
A client came to me frustrated with her legal career because she was not getting the type of work she wanted at her firm. She was resigned to the “fact” that she was never going to get what she wanted and would need to transition to another firm. Together we identified key power-brokers in the firm and designed multiple conversations she could have with them about her career ambitions. Over the course of a few months, having conversations and delivering good work product, she was able to transfer Practice Groups and get the work she wanted. This was a win for the client and the firm.
A client who is Assistant General Counsel came to me to strengthen his management skills. He has a team of 4 people and is struggling in leading his team. We have been coaching for only 3 months and he has already learned to better set expectations, to deliver real-time-actionable feedback and to be more self-aware of his micro-managing tendencies.
Numerous clients come to me for help in interview preparation. I had one client hire me exclusively for that purpose. She had been rejected previously from the role. Together we worked on her confidence and leading with authenticity. She successful secured the position after our 6 coaching sessions.
I believe that candor is the most important factor in a coaching relationship. It’s important that my clients feel they can be honest with me and that I don’t feel the need to hold back and can be direct and honest with them… this is how the growth happens.
I charge by the hour and I invoice my clients monthly. My rates range between $250-350 per hour.