On September 10, September 17 and October 1 the Chicago Committee successfully continued this professional development program for mid- and senior-level associates in member firms. The program provided instruction and experiential learning for the skills and behaviors required for building successful business relationships. Associate participants assigned to teams practiced scenarios that mimic real life encounters, from taking a partner/practice group leader to lunch through making a formal pitch to a real panel of in-house counsel in response to a mock RFQ for legal services.

In Sessions I and II, seasoned member firm partners coached the participants as they practiced the scenarios. In Session III the associates presented their pitch in response to the mock RFQ for legal services. The seven member in-house counsel panel scored the teams’ presentations based on demonstration of the competencies learned during the program. Eight associates who achieved the highest score in four recognition categories – professional presence, substantive competence, empathy and effective communication – were awarded the opportunity to have breakfast or lunch with one of the panel members.

On behalf of the Chicago Committee,

CONGRATULATIONS to the eight prevailing associates:

Professional presence: Kristen Rodriguez (Dentons USA) and Ian Williams (Locke Lord LLP)
Substantive competence: Larry Guess (McDermott Will & Emery LLP) and Jin Yan (Schiff Hardin LLP)
Empathy: Uma Chandrasekaran (Seyfarth Shaw LLP) and Bina Joshi (Schiff Hardin LLP)
Effective communication: LaRue Robinson (Jenner & Block LLP) and Samantha Woo (Jones Day)

Best Team Pitch: Danielle Gillen (Brinks Gilson & Lione), Bina Joshi (Schiff Hardin LLP), LaRue Robinson (Jenner & Block LLP), Chethan Shetty (Locke Lord LLP), and Ian Williams (Locke Lord LLP).

CONGRATULATIONS to ALL of the participating associates. Your engagement was phenomenal.

THANK YOU TO THE RATE MY PITCH™ SPONSORS: Bryan Cave LLP, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, Northwestern University School of Law, and Allstate Insurance Co.

WE OWE OUR DEEP GRATITUDE TO THE OUTSTANDING CADRE OF partner coaches, panel moderators and in-house counsel panelists. Your commitment and enthusiastic participation ensured the successful outcomes of this program.