"I have had the pleasure of knowing Lauren for several years and of listening to Lauren speak on many occasions. Each and every time, she is engaging, thought-provoking and dynamic. Most recently, Lauren presented the findings on gender bias in the evaluation process at the DRI Sharing Success Seminar. She was a complete superstar and one of the highlights of the conference. She provided each and every attendee with issues to consider within their own businesses, firms and companies and with concrete suggestions on how to address these findings. Lauren speaks from her experience combined with her research, which provides a level of understanding that is unmatched. She inspires women to be leaders and identifies opportunities for decision-makers to allow for such success. If you are looking for guidance on anything from generational differences to leadership strategies to eliminating gender bias, Lauren is the person to guide you."
Heidi Goldstein, Partner and Chair of the Women's Initiative, Thompson Hine LLP
"Thank you for coming to speak at our recent event in Greater Philadelphia! I am delighted to tell you that we have received tremendous feedback from those who attended the breakfast and in fact, several people have called to request additional copies of your book.
Your words resonated with the audience, particularly with regard to the disconnects you uncovered in your interviews. I especially liked the idea of evaluations based on performance versus potential. You clearly have had a remarkable career and experience around many of these issues, and your book speaks to many professions, not just the legal profession. I look forward to the opportunity for continued dialogue and I wish you great success with your book."
Tara L. Weiner, Managing Partner, Greater Philadelphia Region, Deloitte, LLP
"Leading Women Mass was honored to have Lauren Stiller Rikleen as a guest speaker at a recent Leading Women Mass Strategic Networking breakfast to speak to the topic of "Strengthening Multi-Generational Teams". Combined with the right mix of humor and research, Lauren delivered an informative presentation for our members to gain a better understanding of generational needs, wants, and expectations. By presenting each perspective of Baby Boomers, Gen X, and Millennials, Lauren delivered impactful messaging to which every person in the audience could personally connect and relate. Our members appreciated leaving with tips and tools they could put to work right away. Thanks for empowering our members with this eye-opening presentation."
Victoria Waterman, President, Leading Women Mass
"Lauren's keynote address was a terrific kickoff to Sidley's annual women partners' retreat. Her insights into the challenges faced by women in leadership at law firms -- past, present and future -- provided a strong foundation and important food for thought regarding many of the issues we sought to address throughout the program. I would highly recommend Lauren to any organization looking for an inspiring speaker who can talk knowledgably and with sophistication about women's leadership."
Laurin Blumenthal Kleiman, Co-Chair, Committee on Retention and Promotion of Women, Sidley Austin LLP
“Thank you for speaking to the 100 in-house legal professionals who attended the AkzoNobel global legal conference in the Netherlands in October 2011. Our department is quite diverse with representatives from Europe, North America, Asia, South America, the Middle East and Africa. Your message on unconscious bias and working across multi-generations resonated with all, as evidenced by the extensive questions you received from lawyers in all of these regions. You helped us put some serious issues on the table and your insights will make us a stronger, more effective function.”
Sven Dumoulin, Executive Committee, General Counsel, Advocaat at AkzoNobel N.V.
"Ms. Rikleen delivered a very high level and thought provoking presentation that caused participants to re-examine the possible biases they may bring with them to the recruitment, evaluation and promotion process. I would highly recommend her for training and workshops."
Diane Saunders, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
"Thank you again for speaking with the WBA's Women's Leadership Initiative. You did an excellent job presenting the issues and synthesizing the input from the group. The participants were clearly engaged, as demonstrated by the open and provocative discussion that flowed quite naturally through the course of your presentation. We especially appreciated being updated on some of the recent scientific data relating to gender bias, which only highlights the importance of continuing to identify and respond to "unconscious" gender stereotyping in the workplace."
Pamela E. Berman, Esquire, Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C
Christine M. Netski, Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C.
Lauren was our guest speaker for a Millennials event held at the Staples Corporate office and I have to say she was absolutely amazing. She truly is an expert in the generational gap and speaks to it intelligently like no one else I have seen. Lauren gives hope of a common workplace between the Baby Boomer generation and the Millennials generation. There is so much potential for a better workplace when both generations have a better understanding for one another and leave behind stereotypes that can lead to tension in the workplace. She not only presented but also took time to spend with our group following her presentation to answer any questions we had. On behalf of the Young Professionals Associate Resource Group, we would like to Thank You for all the thought and effort you put into making our event a success.
Staples Young Professionals Associate Resource Group Testimonial
"Lauren was an excellent addition to our panel on “Measuring Success and Helping Other Women Along the way” during our 2012 Women in the Law event at Northeastern University School of Law. She brought a wealth of current background data and knowledge about the effect of gender bias in the workplace that brought women’s personal experiences in the legal field to life, as measurable trends and statistics. This set the stage for a meaningful dialogue about ideas for moving forward, individually and collectively. Her knowledge and personable approach are unbeatable."
Navjeet Bal and Kelly Douglas, Co-Chairs, Northeastern University School of Law “2012 Women in the Law” program
"The New Hampshire Bar Association Gender Equality Committee invited Lauren Rikleen to help us train law firm and government attorney leadership. Ms. Rikleen’s presentation on the topic of 'Eliminating Gender Bias in Recruiting, Mentoring, Evaluating and Promoting Women' was terrific. She skillfully used scientific evidence and real life examples to open our eyes to the reality of unconscious gender bias. Ms. Rikleen provided a valuable service to New Hampshire’s legal community and I highly recommend her as a speaker and expert on gender equality issues."
Lauren Simon Irwin, Esq., Chair of Gender Equality Committee
"Lauren spoke to the Idaho Academy of Leadership for Lawyers about her work and research on the inter generational differences that surround us in the workplace and in our families and communities. Her presentation was engaging, effective and thought provoking. Our audience spanned the adult generational continuum, from third year law students to senior attorneys and judges. Some of the “millennials” in the audience commented on the value of opening the dialogue and establishing the vocabulary for discussing inter-generational differences, particularly with their boomer professors, mentors and bosses. Everyone left feeling enriched for the time spent in this fascinating dialogue with Lauren. We highly recommend her, if you are interested in understanding and responding to these important issues in your life and practice."
Deborah A. Ferguson and Peg Doughtery, Steering Committee, Idaho Academy of Leadership for Lawyers
"Lauren has a unique ability to speak on intergenerational issues in a way that is thought-provoking and informative, while at the same time being light and engaging. She speaks in a way that is interactive, clearly not a 'canned' presentation."
Mark S. Kaufman, B. Summer Chandler
"In 2009, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, LLP retained Lauren Rikleen to provide advice and counsel relating to the launch of its Women’s Initiative. As part of her assignment, she interviewed both partners and associates about the firm’s practices and policies, and met with the Firm’s Management Committee and its Practice Leadership Group. She also made a presentation to the entire global partnership at a firm retreat. In addition, Lauren has also conducted partner-level training programs for the firm.
In all phases of her assignment, Lauren provided wise counsel and demonstrated remarkable insight. She has very strong communication skills which permitted her to relate to partners and associates with an effective mix of intelligence, experience, wit and humor. Her perspectives and observations reflected an in-depth understanding of the current challenges and opportunities facing the legal profession.
We would recommend Lauren without hesitation to any law firm or law department interested in working to provide a more inclusive workplace. Her experiences as a successful law firm partner and mediator are invaluable in helping her tender practical and constructive suggestions and recommendations that can form the basis for positive change."
R. Thomas Stanton, Chair Emeritus, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, LLP
"In November of 2010, Lauren Stiller Rikleen gave a very engaging talk to a group of about 25 undergraduate and graduate students in the Pre-Law Society at Clark University. Lauren discussed the challenges of balancing professional life and family life for this generation of new lawyers, both men and women. She also compared some of the work life differences when working as a government lawyer as opposed to working in a large private law firm. She graciously answered many of their questions about the work of lawyers. The students found the talk to be extremely informative and thought provoking. They were quite impressed with her ability to answer their wide range of questions about the legal profession, law school, and other career planning issues. Lauren brought a clear depth of background and experience to the presentation. I would highly recommend her to other colleges and universities as a knowledgeable speaker whose breadth goes beyond the legal profession, and includes the wide variety of workplace issues that any student will face once in the workplace."
Mark Miller, J.D., Ph.D., Director of the Law & Society Program and Professor of Political Science/Government at Clark University
"We recently retained Lauren Rikleen to lead a session for partners entitled: Effective Strategies For Successful Cross-Generational Teamwork. Her talk was the best presentation on the topic I have seen to date. The research was current, relevant, and in some cases, surprising. It provoked the most thoughtful discussion we have had in our firm about the issues. Lauren's willingness to use the research as a platform from which to dive into these challenging situations was very helpful to us. Lauren's facilitation skills, as well as the credibility she brings to the table based on her experiences as a law firm partner, allowed us to move past some of our tired, old conversations and frame our dialouge in a more productive way. We look forward to bringing Lauren back to the firm to conduct further sessions on this topic, and recommend her highly for her insights and extraordinary communication skills."
Rina Mayman, Director of Professional Development at Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP
"Lauren Rikleen's Navigator Career Workshop is thought-provoking and motivational. It helped me better understand and be prepared to address possible biases in the legal profession, and also challenged me to consider my professional future and overall career path. Another significant difference between this seminar and others is the one-on-one advice Ms. Rikleen offered the participants after the seminar. That follow-up telephone conference helped me to put my professional goals in motion and take my career to the next step. Her wisdom and advice is extremely valuable to anyone thinking strategically about their career direction."
Carrie A. Kercsmar, Kercsmar & Feltus PLLC
"Lauren was an invaluable part of our 15th Annual Women In Law Enforcement Conference in Salem, Massachusetts June 8-10, 2010. Throughout the conference, Lauren stayed connected to our mission and vision and addressed all of the many workplace questions we asked. Lauren tackled all of our issues, concerns and ideas on gender equity as well. Her transparency and powers of observation were also much appreciated. Sometimes in law enforcement, officers attend conferences to learn new tools, but can't translate what they have learned into the workplace. Lauren's presentation was certainly filled with "Real Value."
Kimberly Jo O'Hara Prentice, Assistant Superintendent of Essex County Sheriff's Department, Middleton, Massachusetts
"I had the pleasure of attending a discussion led by Attorney Lauren Rikleen at Clark University. Extremely knowledgeable in a variety of topics, Attorney Rikleen answered a wide range of questions posed by students in a very caring and enthusiastic manner, ensuring that all were given her utmost attention. I was fortunate enough to meet Attorney Rikleen at the end of her talk, and after noting my intention to attend law school in the fall, she offered to help me in the selection process. She is a true leader in the profession, who genuinely cares about those currently within the field and those who wish to enter it."
Stephen Segal, Clark University, BA History '10, MA History '11
"Lauren inspired a diverse group of alumni as the featured speaker at the Albany Law School Alumnae Program, “Successes and Challenges Facing Women Attorneys,” in Rochester, New York. Her presentation was lively and thought-provoking as she provided a fresh look at the issues facing women in the legal profession. Lauren also generated much discussion and interest with her analysis of generational issues impacting the workplace in general and women in particular. We have been receiving accolades about the program from attendees.”
Laura Liebman, Esq., Advancement Officer, Office of Institutional Advancement, Albany Law School
"Lauren, I sincerely want to thank you for taking time today to speak with us. Your comments have encouraged discussion (and thought). A great success. Your presentation was superb: thoughtful, honest, articulate and professional. Thanks again."
Ron W. Ruth, Managing Partner, Sherin and Lodgen, LLP
"Lauren's presentation at our Firm's First annual Women's Forum Retreat in Philadelphia was outstanding. Her workshop was full of important data, numerous insights, and helpful career advice for everyone present. Moreover, Lauren did all this in a straight-forward and engaging manner, even comfortably regaining her poise and resuming her remarks following a surprise appearance by presidential candidate Hillary Clinton which interrupted her presentation and caused quite a stir in the morning proceedings. Our Firm looks forward to continuing our relationship with Lauren."
Carl M.Bucholz, Esq., Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer, Blank Rome, LLP
"Thank you, Lauren, for the excellent presentation you delivered for the YWCA Boston annual meeting. Your remarks were insightful, informative, and inspiring to all of our board and association members and guests. People were very appreciative of your work, especially of the details and stories you shared from your research interviews. The question and answer period was lively, and I think added a lot to the presentation. I especially liked the advice you gave about remedying the issues and preparing young women properly at the start of their careers. It's always enjoyable when someone can address such a serious topic in a serious manner, but with just the right touch of humor and hopefulness. Thank you for doing such a great job."
Sylvia Ferrell-Jones, Present & CEO, YWCA Boston
"Thank you very much for being our keynote speaker at GAWL's [Georgia Association for Women Lawyers] annual dinner ... Several members commented that you were the best speaker that we have had in the past few years. The work you have done to help women advance in the practice of law is quite remarkable."
Sandra Malkin, Esq., Georgia Association for Women Lawyers Special Events Committee Chair
"I attended Lauren's discussion in Philadelphia on October 26 I enjoyed it very much. I find that too often issues related to women's advancement in the legal profession are presented in a negative way. It was both refreshing and inspiring to hear Lauren's take on things, especially given what she has achieved professionally."
Kate Katchen, Esq., Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP
"I want to thank Lauren for undertaking this huge task and for caring so much about our profession and women to devote her life to this .... This just might be the catalyst we have all been waiting for to see some significant changes in the law firm world. Her book is a masterpiece!"
Susan J. Crane, Esq., Law Office of Susan J. Crane
"Thank you, Lauren, for conducting such enlightening and productive workshops for the women attorneys of Davis & Gilbert LLP. Davis & Gilbert is committed to fostering a more diverse and inclusive workplace and your workshops were a great way to kick off our Women's Initiative. Lauren provided attendees with great advice about building business, mentoring relationships, and balancing work with family.
Davis & Gilbert applauds Lauren's efforts to help advance women in the legal profession. I highly recommend Lauren's Navigator® Career Workshop for any firm interested in accomplishing these objectives."
Jennifer Tafet Klausner, Esq., Davis & Gilbert LLP New York
"Lauren Stiller Rikleen answered many questions about ways to improve the work/life of women attorneys and provided important information on how I can proactively advance my own position in my law firm without jeopardizing my personal life."
"Lauren was an excellent speaker who kept my attention throughout the entire program."
"I was totally fascinated by Lauren Stiller Rikleen's perspective."
"As a young attorney, I gained historical perspective on how law firms' structures came to be, and had my eyes opened about how I could take control over my career."
"I heard many new ideas about changing cultures in the workplace and I intend to bring them back to my firm and try and initiate change - even if only in a small way."
Exerpts of comments from evaluation forms after a New York County Lawyers' Association CLE Institute presentation
"Lauren Stiller Rikleen presented an excellent program for our Women Lawyers and Judges Retreat in Delaware. Ms. Rikleen arrived the day before her presentation, which enabled her to meet many of the attendees at a social event that night. We all enjoyed her delightful company. We were especially impressed with how Ms. Rikleen used a very brief amount of time to grasp the dynamics of the group, as well as the varied personal and professional issues being faced. Although the majority of the attendees were women, the audience was diverse in many ways, including judges from numerous courts; newly admitted lawyers and lawyers with decades of experience; government to domestic relations. Even with such a diverse audience, Ms. Rikleen commanded the attention of the entire group with a compelling and entertaining presentation. She handled questions deftly, and directed the group dynamics in a positive way. We all learned a tremendous amount, and came away with some very concrete ideas for more effective mentoring in our community."
Andrea L. Rocanelli, Chief Counsel, Office of Disciplinary Counsel, Wilmington, Delaware
"I'm so thrilled for Lauren and hope that she receives all the success that she deserves for this ground breaking book."
Vicki Donlan, author [and Helen French Graves] of "Her Turn: Why It's Time for Women to Lead in America"
"Having survived three years in a law firm (and survive was the key word), I could definitely relate to the stories in this book. The only shocking part is that I was in a law firm over 10 years ago, and nothing seems to have changed. Ending the Gauntlet, however, is more than a compendium of stories of women being mommy-tracked. It looks at the structure of a law firm itself and how that contributes to the workplace issues for everyone, not just women. I particularly loved the Prologue (worth the price of the book itself, especially if you have my warped sense of humor), because it describes how a bizarre sort of company is run where performance for all employees is based solely on money they personally earn for the company; the managing director/CEO is only 'part-time' because he too has to earn money to keep his title; turnover is high; management is minimal or nonexistent; and people are given management positions because they are 'least objectionable' to others; part-time is extended but discouraged as it cuts into billable hours ... and you finally start to realize that while the rest of the world has moved forward, law firms are relics of days gone by."
Diane K. Danielson, CEO, Downtown Women's Club
"Finally someone honestly addresses many of the major problems facing the legal profession today. As a former attorney, I can relate to many of the issues raised by Ms. Rikleen in her book. I entered the legal profession as a second career and was dismayed by the attitudes I encountered toward female attorneys and toward the concept of creating a healthier work environment. While on the average, female attorneys suffer the most from antiquated and sexist ideas regarding what it means to practice law, the entire legal profession suffers as well. It is time for ALL attorneys to stop the craziness. All attorneys, firm managers and human development people should read this book."
Kathleen Austin, Esq., Boston
"I purchased Ending the Gauntlet after hearing many rave reviews but admit that before reading it, I had my reservations that the tone of the book would be either too shrill or academic. That was absolutely not the case. Ms. Rikleen discusses the challenges that women lawyers face and the challenges that the profession as a whole faces in a thoughtful, honest and fair voice that is truly compelling to the reader. I've recommended this book to every lawyer I know (male and female)."
K. Mendoza, Esq., Morrison Mahoney, LLP
"Ms. Rikleen's book is an insightful and well reasonsed review of issues affecting the legal profession today and how those forces often work against the advancement of women attorneys. Ending the Gauntlet provides a comprehensive review of the issues facing women today, extensive research about these concerns and recommendations for change. The book's approach is a refreshing one noting that while women face day to day challenges to succeed given our culture, the real problem is the one faced the legal profession overall. Ms. Rikleen rightly appreciates that it is time to redefine what it means to be sucessful in the legal profession. She offers hope that the legal profession can allow the opportunity for all lawyers to succeed and in achieving that success, there is a place for serving clients, raising healthy children, caring for elderly parents and participating in our communities."
E. Lynn Grayson, Esq., Jenner & Block LLP
"In her thoroughly researched and heavily footnoted book, Lauren Stiller Rikleen examines this troublesome issue: why many female lawyers still have not achieved the same professional success as their male counterparts. Rikleen delves into the challenging topics including part-time work, and what happens to the careers of women who opt for that route. She also explains other factors that contribute to the success of male lawyers' careers (being mentored, and becoming rainmakers) and discusses why many women don't enjoy the benefit of those.
Rikleen, who is well versed in the advancement of women lawyers, concludes her book with a call to action. She argues that law firms need to make a dramatic culture shift from the top down; firms should choose management which understands and values the contributions of women attorneys (not just those who fit the traditional, full-time mold). Rikleen also hopes that law firm compensation will change to reward cooperative client development efforts, among other things.
Towards the end of the book Rikleen notes that it's not just childbearing female lawyers who seek a more manageable work/life balance; Generation X and Y lawyers of both sexes are also seeking the same. She encourages law firm leaders to redefine their firms' cultures (as happened at her firm) in order to keep their talented lawyers, both male and female."
Janet H. Moore, International Lawyer Coach
"Ending the Gauntlet was a powerful read -- it provides a very practical and realistic view of law firm culture for women and what needs to change. I could not put it down. As a former corporate executive who now consults with law firms on sales and leadership effectiveness, Ending the Gauntlet provides the roadmap for change -- at both the individual level for women and at the firm level."
Paula Giovacchini, Akina
"'Ending the Gauntlet' focuses on removing barriers to women's success in the legal field, but its message is applicable across a broad range of professions and industries, and to a broad range of people who are not white males. The truth is that the playing field has yet to be leveled, and this book shows how that can be done."
Nancy Shilepsky, Esq., Shilepsky O'Connell Casey Hartley Michon Yelen LLP
"Lauren Stiller Rikleen's writing is always direct, concise, and cutting-edge. She has her hand on the pulse of the latest legal, business, and workplace trends, which makes her articles timely and interesting. Reporters and editors alike have praised her insightful tips and succinct communication style.
To date her articles have appeared in more than 50 magazines, newspapers and web sites and have been seen by more than six million readers."
Russell Trahan, Publicist, PR/PR
"The sessions at which Lauren spoke in Boston, Philadelphia, and New York were among the most successful we held for any audience in the region in the past year. We received high turnout, in part I believe because of Lauren's reputation and the related interest in hearing her speak.
Feedback from participants was unanimously positive, with emphasis on both the strength of the content and the high quality of her delivery. ... I found Lauren a very warm and engaging speaker, at ease with interacting with the audience and fielding questions, both simple and provocative.
I think the fact that we practically had to kick people out of the room to finally end the ensuing discussions is a great testament to how much Lauren stimulated discussion and interest!"
Lisa Pacenza, Manager, Northeast Marketing & Business Development, Deloitte
"... Rikleen is right -- most of the time, behaviors that hold women back aren't motivated by bad intentions, merely cluelessness. Yet these behaviors hurt women and, consequently, the legal profession. Rikleen offers a blueprint for law firms who want to get better; the smart ones will follow it."
Carol M. Frohlinger, Negotiating Women, Inc.
"In Ending the Gauntlet, Lauren Stiller Rikleen emerges as an insightful business author. This highly readable, well-documented book transcends the legal profession by describing management challenges important to any professional workplace.
As illustrated in the book, some businesses, like Deloitte, are taking aggressive and creative steps to retain their women professionals. Every manager should read this book and take to heart the concise and compelling message: a successful business must effectively utilize the talents of all of its people."
J. Michael Cook, Retired Chairman and CEO, Deloitte & Touche
"Here [Ending the Gauntlet: Removing Barriers to Women's Success in the Law] is a great articulation of the problems in law firms and other service firms, many of which no one, until now, has had the courage to point out clearly and effectively.
And here is the roadmap for change. Anyone involved in a service firm should read it carefully and follow Lauren's lead."
Meredeth A. Beers, Esq., Holland & Knight, LLP
"In her many roles over the past year as chairperson, solo presenter and even panelist, Lauren has proven her versatility time and again. Lauren's passion for this important issue is evident not only through her highly impressive background, but also through the energy that she effortlessly exudes during her presentations. Her ability to connect with each delegate is unparalleled, and the inquisitiveness and respect that she treats each attendee with is outstanding. Consequently, Lauren repeatedly creates a "symposium-like" environment where each individual is comfortable and compelled to speak freely. It is Lauren's ability to promote interaction and stimulate conversation through her own presentations and also as a help to other members of the speaking faculty that may not be as apt at promoting Q & A that I am always so impressed and grateful for (esp. from a production standpoint).
As the feedback forms from our conferences repeatedly prove, it is Lauren's likeable sense of humor and approachable demeanor coupled with her knowledge of the topic that repeatedly reserve her position as the 'crowd favorite.' Personally, I cannot speak highly enough of Lauren's ability to effortlessly engage an entire audience, keep on task with time management, and go above and beyond by building relationships with the audience that go beyond the conference itself."
Tricia Hyland, ARKGroup USA
"Your work is helping our generation leave a larger legacy than just opening the door to the legal profession. You have my personal thanks."
Hazel Weiser, Director of Foundation Advancement, Long Island Community Foundation
"During my term as president of the Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts, Lauren received the Bar's prestigious Lelia J. Robinson Award for her contributions to the legal profession. In front of a capacity crowd of 1,500, she delivered an inspirational acceptance speech with the humility and humor she is known for ... .
Since Lauren's book, Ending the Gauntlet: Removing Barriers to Women's Success in the Law, was published ... she has been invited to speak in many venues across the country. As an audience member, I have listened to her speak at various professional conferences and events. Each time, I was impressed with her ability to share new perspectives and wisdom based on her ongoing dedicated research.
Her presentations are clear, focused and carefully tailored for each audience. Lauren's warm humor and her insight into the human spirit resonates with her audiences, regardless of experience level, whether senior management or younger women struggling to find their place in the working world."
Pamela E. Berman, Esq., Adler, Pollock & Sheehan, P.C.
"During our last firm retreat, Lauren Rikleen led and facilitated one of the most candid and open discussions our firm has ever had on the topic of diversity. Lauren is an experienced attorney - not just a consultant - who knows how law firms work. Her challenge to carefully examine our internal procedures to be certain they are not inadvertently acting as impediments to retaining and advancing women and other minorities is one we have taken to heart. I highly recommend Lauren as a guide to assist making any law firm a better place to work for all attorneys."
Kevin F. McKeegan, Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP
"Lauren Stiller Rikleen is a talented facilitator whose tailored Navigator Career Workshops incorporate a vast wealth of helpful information garnered from in-depth research Lauren has conducted over the years. In September 2010, Lauren presented her workshop to a group of female attorneys in Phoenix through the Arizona Women Lawyers Association. This was AWLA's first career training/leadership conference and we wanted a facilitator who could address not only 'rainmaking' but a variety of other topics including expanding or transitioning one's practice and becoming successful in a variety of practice areas. We had a wide array of attorneys from both private and public practice, with a spectrum of experience levels. Lauren was able to integrate the needs of our participants into her presentation, and she offered one-on-one practical advice to attendees in a 45-minute follow up telephonic conference. I took advantage of that opportunity, which I found very valuable. I highly recommend Lauren and her workshops to any women lawyers' organization."
Lori Voepel, Appellate Attorney, Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, PLC
"Ms. Rikleen, thank you for taking the time to come and speak with the Pre-Law students at Clark University. I enjoyed hearing your ideas about the current condition of the legal profession and what measures can be taken to ensure equality. All of the students that I have spoken with agreed, that your presentation was especially helpful in gaining an idea about what personal and business challenges are faced, day to day, by attorneys. Again, thank you for your presentation and I look forward to reading more about your work in reforming the legal profession."
Matt Diamond, Clark University '11, President of Pre-Law Society
"In September 2010, the Arizona Women Lawyers Association hired Lauren to conduct her Navigator Career Workshop with a group of fifty female attorneys, which included a wide range of experience levels that ranged from new associates to partners. At our event, Lauren inspired engaging discussion, and participants of all experience levels received helpful information during the Navigator Career Workshop. Additionally, each participant had the opportunity to schedule a forty-five minute follow up phone call to discuss her individual career goals with Lauren. During the follow up call, Lauren provides invaluable advice to each participant based on her individual needs. I look forward to implementing Lauren's advice into my legal practice."
Franci Fealk, Associate at Kutak Rock LLP