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Gaveling the Glass Ceiling: The Value of Networking Opportunities

As the September issue of “Gaveling the Glass Ceiling” goes to press, I’m reminded that we’re entering into “Conference season” — the post-Labor Day period where it seems that many conferences, forums and roundtable discussions are scheduled.

And this is a very good thing, even for those of us who already have a full schedule. While these events often give attendees the chance to learn the latest in areas from emerging legal technology to business development tactics from experts in the legal field, the events also provide much more. These events give us — and more importantly, younger women lawyers — the chance to network, meet colleagues and compatriots and even cast around for possible sponsors who might help their careers.


One panelist, Morgan Fraser Mouchette, a Senior Associate at Blank Rome, and the Diversity Co-Chair & Director of the New York Women’s Bar Association, discussed her experiences as an eighth-year associate and said that it’s been her mentorship experiences at the firm which have weighed in heavily in her decision to stay at the firm.

Working hard isn’t enough for success, Mouchette explained, adding that mentors or sponsors can be a young lawyer’s greatest aids in career success. Most importantly in her case, her mentors taught her the pitfalls and politics in the world around her, candidly sharing this valuable information. “It is important to pass these skills along and reinforce the benefits of a diverse organization to colleagues and incoming new lawyers,” she told the group.

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"Gaveling the Glass Ceiling: The Value of Networking Opportunities," by Charlotte Rushton was published in Legal Executive Institute, a Thomson Reuters publication, on September 28, 2017.