“Rate My Pitch”™ Pilot Program Successfully Launched


On September 19, October 3 and October 17 the Chicago Committee successfully piloted 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 four 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: Siddesh Bale (Reed Smith) and Manish Mehta (Brinks, Gilson and Lione)
Substantive competence: Herman Webley (Sidley & Austin LLP) and David Bamlango (DLA Piper USA)
Empathy: Tiffany Harper (Polsinelli) and Belle Pereira (Much Shelist PC)
Effective communication: Reema Kapur (Seyfarth Shaw LLP) and Bilal Zaheer (Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP)

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

THANK YOU TO THE RATE MY PITCH™ SPONSORS who provided venues and refreshments for the program sessions: Mayer, Brown LLP, Winston & Strawn LLP, and ITT Chicago Kent College of Law

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.