This meticulously researched book has been called one of the best business books written about the legal profession today. Ending the Gauntlet: Removing Barriers to Women's Success in the Law analyzes critical aspects of law firm life which present roadblocks to the retention and advancement of women: management, the assignment process, billable-hour demands, business development, compensation, mentoring, attrition, and firm policies and practices affecting how lawyers address their work/family challenges.
Ending the Gauntlet is the result of two years of research and interviews with women lawyers and law firm managers from around the country. Author Lauren Stiller Rikleen also draws extensively on a wide range of research across multiple disciplines, resulting in a book with broad applicability to other professional settings. The lessons from the book are particularly relevant today in light of the continued low rate of women advancing to equity partner status, the increasing attrition among senior women, and the impact of all these issues on the Millennials entering the workplace today.
Ending the Gauntlet is particularly important reading for anyone in a position of management at a law firm, offering concrete steps law firms can and should implement to decrease costly attrition and provide equal opportunities for all of their high talent professionals.
Developing an inclusive workplace where everyone can succeed requires concentrated efforts from both the institution and the individual. Success Strategies for Women Lawyers is an in-depth look at the steps needed to address the ongoing challenge of advancing women in the legal profession.
In each chapter of this publication, Lauren Stiller Rikleen reflects on a changing profession and provides focused insight into the strategies that can help women achieve parity. The issues addressed include:
- Creating a Niche Practice
- Developing Your Leadership Skills
- Finding Mentors and Champions
- Networking and Relationship-Building
- Successfully Generating Business
- Learning Self-Advocacy and Self-Promotion
- Managing Work-Life Issues
- Creating a Better Workplace for the Next Generation
The chapters are enriched by interviews with and inspirational words from women around the world who have addressed these issues and have achieved considerable success in their careers. Contributors include Partners, Directors of Diversity and Professional Development, Practice Group Chairs, Hiring Partners, In-House Counsel, and other successful practitioners who share their wisdom and lessons learned in great detail.
Raised for Success – How Millennials are Transforming Work [Working Title of Upcoming Book]
This book debunks the myths about Millennials and reveals the qualities that this generation brings to the workplace with new data and fresh insights. Lauren details the seismic generational shift happening in the workplace, analyzes the generational disconnects that currently thwart effective communications and working relationships, and describes how the Millennials will successfully transform work so it provides greater flexibility, more transparency, and puts in place the systems needed to help employees grow and develop as future leaders. It is a book written for all generations in the workplace today.