Marny Lifshen To Speak About Personal Branding at November 16th Evening Event & TCWLA Membership Drive
If it’s been awhile since you had fun at a bar- related event, try spending an evening with Marketing and PR Consultant Marny Lifshen. At last November’s TCWLA event, her presentation on women and networking was a standing-room-only hit!
On Wednesday, November 16th, Marny will offer a Personal Brand Workshop during TCWLA’s special evening event. Marny will discuss what a personal brand really is, why it is an important component of your career plan, how your personal brand is already affecting your career (without your knowing it) and how to evolve your brand into a professional asset.
Our evening event with Marny coincides with TCWLA’s November membership drive. Get a friend to join TCWLA at the event for your chance to participate in a drawing for a $50 gift card to a local spa. We will have a drawing for two gift cards—one for the new TCWLA member, and one for the current member who referred her.
Watch your email or check out www .tcwla.org for more details.
From Your President Cindy Connolly
Dear TCWLA Members:
Our year is off to a great start. Thanks to our sponsor, Scarab Consulting, our first Membership CLE and lunch were FREE. Linda Chanow spoke about her work for the Center for Women in Law, its mission and events. Linda always inspires me to be constantly thinking of how I can make a difference to advance women in the practice of law. Serving TCWLA is certainly a nice place to start, but I need to do more.
In our second Membership CLE we learned from Michelle Cheng, Todd Smith and Sara Foskitt how to use social media to advance our network- ing efforts and develop business. Motivated by our speakers, I took the plunge and am now on twitter. So you can follow me at #cindyconnolly. Should be interesting.
And last week TCWLA sponsored the screening of Miss Representation at the University of Texas. This show was an eye opener. If you missed it (and did not catch it on OWN) it is worth finding another show- ing. It will change the way you view the media’s portrayal of women in politics, news and entertainment. It is shocking. We have a long way to go, but I still dream of a world where women are respected for their leadership skills, command an equal presence in politics and business and are evaluated by their brains and not their boobs.
Moving forward, our next Membership meeting will be an evening event on November 16th. Net- working expert Marny Lifshen will present a branding workshop to help us work on our personal brand as a female attorney. We will learn how to correct mistakes that we don’t even know we are making.
I am also looking forward to our Holiday Party at the new Violet Crown Cinema on December 1st. Please mark your calendar and plan to join the fun.
Recent TCWLF and TCWLA Events
Kickoff Fundraiser for Ann Forman Scholarship
The Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association held its kickoff fundraiser for the Ann For- man Scholarship on September 22 at the law office of Amie Rodnick. The attendees, including attorneys, community leaders and benefactors, enjoyed telling stories of Ann’s career and life and viewing a tribute photo slideshow created by Ann’s husband and Austin photographer, Peter Staats.
TCWLA created the schol- arship to assist University of Texas law students who best demonstrate an interest in child welfare litiga- tion, have financial need, and per- form child welfare-related commu- nity service.
The scholarship, which honors Ann Forman’s contribu- tions to the Austin legal commu- nity and to the children of Texas, will be distributed annually in the amount of $1,500. These awards will assist students who have dem- onstrated a desire to practice child welfare law in the public or non- profit legal sector.
If you would like to donate to the scholarship, please send your check, made out to “TCWLA Scholarship Fund,” to
TCWLA Scholarship Fund President 507 W. 7th St.
Austin, TX 78701
TCWLF Fellows Tricks-n- Treats Reception
The Travis County Women Lawyers’ Foundation recently gathered to thank fellows and meet potential new fellows. The evening was filled with laughter, good food & spirited discussions. Net- working tips were provided by Chair Susan Morrison before the group retired to the host’s balcony overlooking downtown Austin at McGinnis Lochridge & Kilgore. It was great to see old friends re- connect and everyone relax in this beautiful setting.
Many thanks to our coordinators: Jessica Warren, Karen Watkins, Erin Tuggle and photographer Jenny Cook.
Screening of “Miss Representation”
On October 19, the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association partnered with the Center for Women in Law, the Women’s Law Caucus and other UT Departments to host a screening of the award-winning documentary, Miss Representation.
The film explores how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in influential positions in America and challenges the media’s limit- ing and often disparaging portray- als of women that negatively im- pact the average young girl’s abil- ity to see herself as powerful.
Approximately400 people attended the screening, including law students, graduate and under- graduate students, professors, law- yers and other professionals. The movie received a thunderous round of applause.
UT professors Christine Williams, Rebecca Bigler, and Suzanne Pierce participated in an enlightened discussion following the movie. Due to the overwhelm- ing response, the Center is considering hosting an encore screening at the law school.
ABA/AYLA LEADERSHIP ACADEMY Accepting Applications for 2012 Leadership Class
The ABA/AYLA Leadership Academy is an exciting opportunity for Austin-area lawyers who are interested in learning more about making a difference in our community and serving the Bar.
A class of approximately 30 (thirty) members of the ABA and AYLA will be selected from applications submitted by lawyers of all areas of practice, firm size and levels of experience. The Academy will begin with a mandatory retreat, followed by a series of six lunch presentations during which participants will network with and enjoy lunch presentations by leaders in federal, state and local government, public education, non-profit organizations, and the Bar. The course will culminate with the organization of an optional class project.
Applications for the 2012 Leadership Class are due on Friday, November, 11, 2011. The Leadership Class will begin with a mandatory retreat on Friday, January 13, 2012 from 9:00 am – 4:00 p.m. CLE is available and lunch will be provided. The Class will then meet on the following Thursdays from 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
- January 26, 2012
- February 16, 2012
- March 8, 2012
- March 29, 2012
- April 19, 2012
- May 10, 2012
Please confirm that you are available to attend the retreat and all meetings before applying. Meeting locations will be provided to the selected members of the Academy.
If you are interested in applying, go to www.ayla.org/leadership.html to complete an application. Please direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you a mother and an attorney in Austin? Then check out MAMAs Austin!
The Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association (MAMAs Austin) is a unique networking and support organization. MAMAs is unlike any other attorney organization in Austin in that many events include both mother attorneys and their children and are held at safe, kid-friendly venues throughout Travis County. Mother attorneys face difficult challenges that are somewhat unique from other professions — generally longer work hours, pressure to generate business and network, and sometimes heavy travel schedules. Mother attorneys must also sometimes downplay their roles as mothers with colleagues and clients. MAMAs Austin addresses these challenges by celebrating our roles as mothers and attorneys and providing networking events where our children are invited and welcome.
MAMAs also meet for lunch events. Previous lunch events have included presentations on the “Love and Logic” parenting method, estate planning, making a reduced hours schedule work in a law firm, and being a “good enough” mother. Upcoming Events include
Business Development for the Legal Profession
Noon, DLA Piper, 401 Congress, Suite 2500
In this brown-bag luncheon, Adam Boyd of Market Sense, Inc. will discuss business development strategies for attorneys. He’ll share insights into how our potential targets and clients make decisions and ways you can implement the following in your practice:
*Generating more referrals
*Protecting your time: avoiding unpaid consulting
*Creating clear pathways to working relationships
*Developing a client base without being salesy or pushy *Creating trust more quickly, and differentiate from competition *Make it about your expertise, and not about billable rate
Adam is a consultant with Market Sense, a revenue development company in Austin, Texas. Their staff works with individuals, companies and firms across multiple industries and disciplines throughout Central Texas.
Thanks to MAMAs member Cathleen Slack for helping to get this organized. DLA Piper will validate parking and provide drinks — please bring your lunch. If you plan to attend, please RSVP through the MAMAs Meetup group (http://www.meetup.com/MAMAs-Austin/) by November 15, 2011.
Love Your Closet, Love Yourself! A Fashion Stylist’s Tips on Trends and Your Wardrobe for the New Year Conference Center, Frost Building, 401 Congress, 11th Floor
Have you ever looked at your closet in the morning and realized you have nothing to wear? In this brown-bag lunch, Miramar Dichoso, Personal Fashion Stylist, will give you advice on how to create a closet filled with clothing that brings you joy AND which of the top trends you’ll want to invest in.
Austin Lawyers Support group
As the topic of the last State of Texas Bar Journal suggests, taking care of ourselves is key to being able to provide the highest quality services to our clients. Consider attending these meetings or contact Cameron Vann if you want to support the groups in other ways.
Austin Lawyers Support Group
What: A confidential monthly education and support group for lawyers, judges and law students seeking help or support while healing from depression, addiction, job stress, anxiety and other mental health issues.
When: Every last Thursday of the month from 12:00 to 1:00 PM Where: 816 Congress, in the “Longhorn Room”, Room 320.
Free Parking under the building. Enter the parking area from 9th street.
Format: 30 minute speaker – an expert from the mental health field. 30 minute peer support – lawyers supporting lawyers
Contact: TLAP support is from Cameron Vann, J.D. Cameron.email@example.com , (512) 427-1453 or (800) 343-8527.
Please pass this information on to other lawyers who may be interested.