Posted: October 8th, 2015 | By: Lindsey Gallinek and Juliet Beckstrand
Wake Forest Law’s Women in Law, the Office of Career & Professional Development (OCPD) and the Forsyth County Women Attorneys Association will present “Grit and Growth Mindset: Advancing Women in the Law” from 3 to 5 p.m on Thursday, Oct. 22, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1101. Catharine Arrowood (JD ’73), former president of the North Carolina Bar Association, and the Honorable Denise Hartsfield (JD ’91) will help lead the training. Registration for the training, which is free and open to current students and alumni, is available here.
The Grit Project, developed by the American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Women in the Profession, strives to educate women lawyers about the science behind grit and growth mindset by providing the necessary means to assess and learn the traits.
Participants will learn specifics of the ABA research, watch brief scenarios on common professional challenges specific to women, and engage in discussion based on their experience, says Francie Scott (’04), associate director of the OCPD and current president of the Forsyth County Women Attorneys Association.
“Student participants will benefit from mentoring from professionals on such issues as how to speak up in class, tackle the job market and handle a poor grade on an exam, among others,” Scott says. “Professional participants will be able to incorporate the ABA research into their personal career development goals.”
The Grit Project was created by the ABA as a way to help female lawyers reach their full potential. In 2013, a study showed that 47 percent of associates were female; however, women only make up 29 percent and 17 percent of senior leadership roles respectively, according to the ABA Commission. In a 2012 study, the results revealed that the two traits common in highly successful women include a “grit and growth mindset.”
The OCPD provides career services and counseling for students and alumni to help them define and clarify professional goals and connect with knowledge and resources to achieve them. Women in Law is a student-run organization that endeavors to help students identify opportunities and challenges that exist for women in the legal profession. The Forsyth County Women Attorneys Association is open to all female attorneys working or living in Forsyth County. Contact Scott for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.