Designed for Women Law Firm Partners *

The Leadership Academy is designed for women law firm partners who are current leaders, aspire to leadership, or are identified by their firms as emerging leaders.

Leadership in law firms requires special skills, strategies, and mindsets. Women law firm leaders also need confidence and support to face the challenges of leading teams and organizations where they are in the minority. The Leadership Academy provides interactive instruction, practical guidance, collaborative learning and network building opportunities to prepare women for leadership. It enables women to achieve their potential and their ambitions, and to become the extraordinary leaders their law firms need in order to thrive.


Program Design, Curriculum and Pricing

Designed for high-achieving women law firm partners* who want to develop skills and strategies to enhance their leadership and business acumen in firms, organizations, and the legal profession, the Leadership Academy for Women is an intensive four-day executive education program that offers:

  • A faculty that includes General Counsel and distinguished educators from law, business, and academia to ensure a rich and engaging learning experience.
  • Practical, hands-on classes that provide learning you will be able to put to immediate use.
  • Interactive teaching methods that convey course material and ideas with greatest impact.
  • One full day of programming that includes senior in-house counsel.
  • Peer-group interaction, collaborative small group learning activities, and social hours to encourage networking with program participants, corporate counsel, and faculty.
  • Quarterly follow-up conference calls throughout the year to support ongoing leadership and network development with other Leadership Academy alumnae.
Your experience in the Leadership Academy will prepare you to build strong client relationships, assume significant leadership roles, and make your contributions highly visible, valued, and rewarded. Attending the Leadership Academy will teach you how to:

  • Build robust networks and strong client relationships
  • Leverage your strengths and create leadership opportunities
  • Use the economic and political dynamics of your firm to your advantage
  • Recognize and manage the impact of gender dynamics on your career
  • Obtain appropriate credit and compensation for your contributions to your firm
  • Deal effectively with conflict
  • Develop and project a leadership style that is authentic and effective
The curriculum is designed to help women find their own leadership voice, use their personal strengths and receive the recognition, compensation and leadership roles they want and deserve. All topics are presented within the context and culture of law firms and with an emphasis on pragmatic strategies and techniques. Some of the topics we will cover include:

  • Setting and achieving leadership goals
  • Compensation systems
  • Building business value in social networks
  • Effective business development
  • Leading difficult conversations
  • Negotiating for yourself
  • How women in law firms can help their clients advance
  • Women in leadership: challenges and strategies
  • Projecting confidence and credibility
  • Leading with your best self
While pricing for the 2015 program has yet to be announced, the pricing structure for the 2014 Leadership Academy for Women is as follows. Women's Leadership Edge (WLE) member organizations receive discounted registration rates. For more information on WLE or its members, please visit

  • $7,500     General - 1st Participant
  • $7,000     General - Additional Participants
  • $6,500     Women's Leadership Edge Sponsoring Member Registration, 1st Participant
  • $3,250     Women's Leadership Edge Sponsoring Member Registration, Additional Participants | limit 2
  • $6,500     Women's Leadership Edge Supporting Member Registration, 1st Participant
  • $6,000     Women's Leadership Edge Supporting Member Registration, Additional Participants | limit 2


The Leadership Academy has a distinguished faculty of practitioners and professors from law firms, corporate legal departments, consulting firms, law schools, and business schools. See below for a selected list of 2015 faculty:

Ida Abbott, JD, President, Ida Abbott Consulting; Faculty Fellow, University of California, Hastings College of the Law

Cara Hale Alter, MFA, President, Speechskills

Mary Cranston, JD, Firm Senior Partner and former Chair and CEO, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

Emily Epstein, Principal, Oakbay Consulting

Carol Frohlinger, JD, Managing Partner, Negotiating Women

Sara Holtz, JD, Principal, ClientFocus

Mika Mayer, JD, Partner, Morrison & Foerster

Ashleigh Shelby Rosette, PhD, CPA, Associate Professor, The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University

Joan C. Williams, JD, 1066 Foundation Chair, Distinguished Professor of Law and Director, Center for WorkLife Law, University of California, Hastings College of the Law

For additional information about the Leadership Academy, call 415-581-8826.

* The Leadership Academy is designed for women law firm partners but is open to all law firm partners regardless of gender.