Professional Development Coaching

In 2015, former AABANY Board member Steve Chung began a series of group mentoring workshops designed to break down abstract concepts like “networking” and “branding” and translate them into concrete, actionable strategies to help AABANY members advance their careers.  This year, we will be continuing Steve’s efforts by transforming the group mentoring workshops into a formal Professional Development Coaching Series led by Marianne Chow and Jeff Ikejiri (Co-Chairs).  

We are proud to host one-on-one or small group sessions that will take place throughout the day at the 2018 Fall Conference, in which a distinguished group of faculty members will meet with participants to troubleshoot specific professional and personal development issues that may be impeding your career advancement. Our goal is to help you come up with a game plan to address such development issues and help you move forward and rise up in the legal profession.

Our focus this year will be on personal branding. The goal is to create a safe space for our participants where they can ask for, and receive, honest feedback on “blind spots” that may be inhibiting their career advancement.  To this end, our proposed format is to have the participants give a one-on-one self-pitch to the Professional Development Coach they are paired with, followed by a feedback discussion, and ending with the participant giving another self-pitch, incorporating the feedback.  Each session will be 30 minutes, and scheduled based on availability of the participants and their respective Professional Development Coaches.  Please note this is a one-time session and there is no expectation of an ongoing coaching or mentoring obligation.

The following accomplished attorneys will serve as faculty members providing professional development advice at the 2018 Fall Conference (check back for an updated list):

  • Lawrence G. Wee, Corporate Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
  • Katherine Loanzon, Associate Recruiter, Kinney Recruiting
  • Marianne Chow Newman, Counsel, The Hearst Corporation
  • Jeff Ikejiri, Vice President, Legal & Business Services, UnitedLex Corporation
  • Jennifer H. Wu, Litigation Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
  • Robert W. Leung, Corporate Partner, Paul Hastings LLP
  • Susan L. Shin, Litigation Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP
  • Diane Gujarati, Deputy Chief, Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York

If you are interested in taking part in these Professional Development Coaching Sessions, you can register at by September 14.  (Fall Conference registration is required to participate in the Professional Development Coaching Sessions.) Each session is expected to run for 30 to 45 minutes. The faculty member assignment and time slot for each participant will be based on the responses received as well as the faculty members’ schedules.

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