Associate Training

Thank you so much Werten. It was a wonderful two days.

I plan to send out survey links with the handouts on Monday and will set up a time to debrief with you and our team, as well as discuss future opportunities to continue to work together.

Angelique Hager, Lawyer Development Manager, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

 

Werten, great to see you and, as always, your sessions were a big hit. I have heard great feedback from attendees – I wish I could have made the 2d one… I am glad you spoke with Emily about adding in the Feedback presentation when you return in September. We have a lot of interest in that subject.

I’d like to discuss how we might create an integrated program that builds on the subjects you address in a very deliberate manner. I think we could build great momentum and enthusiasm around something like this and make it more effective for our lawyers.

Liz Price, Partner and Head of Attorney Development, Alston & Bird

 

Thanks so much Werten. We really enjoyed having you here and I’ve heard nothing but great feedback from our associates about your programs.

Emily Leeson, Director of Professional Development, Alston & Bird

 

Thank you for your note and for presenting two great sessions to our new associates today! I really enjoyed your presentations and was thrilled that you reinforced so many important points that will be critical to their success.

Your sessions provided a nice foundation for so much of what we try to teach them. And I think the analogies you use help to make your points memorable.

Your presentation style is very engaging and you captured the associates’ attention throughout. It was very fast-paced, but you had a lot of material to cover.

Karen Febeo, Director of Professional Development, Goodwin Procter

 

Once again, you hit a home run! Thank you for your energy, enthusiasm, and very valuable (and practical) nuggets of wisdom that you shared with our associates today. I really appreciate that you bring your “A” game every time! Looking forward to September!

Michelle P. Wimes, Director of Professional Development, Ogletree Deakins

 

I enjoyed your presentation very much and thought it was right on target for our attorneys. As far as feedback, my view is that you surpassed my already high expectations.

Thomas Draper, Partner, Chair, Professional Development Committee, Ropes & Gray

 

“Your presentation was exceptional. We need to engage you to do this training in each of our offices.”

Donald S. Prophete, Partner, Constangy Prophete

 

I enjoyed and learned from your presentation, and much more importantly, our attorneys also did, and were vocal in their praise. Thank you for being part of our program. We will look forward to working with you again. We look forward to getting you in front of a broader cross-section of the firm’s attorneys.

Peter Erichsen, Partner, Ropes & Gray, Chair, Corporate Department

 

“Comments on your presentation were very positive. I thought the message was what they needed to hear, for their own sake’s and for the firm’s. “

Lisa Keyes, Professional Development Partner, King & Spalding

 

“I thought the partner training was just terrific!”

Leslie Davenport, Partner and Chair, Business Department, Shipman Goodwin

 

“I’m very pleased to have been able to sit in on the last hour or so of your presentation, as it allowed me to better understand exactly why you have been winning so many rave reviews from my colleagues. I look forward to our continued discussions, and to finding ways to work together in the coming months.”

Elliott Portnoy, Firm wide Managing Partner, Dentons

 

“Again, thank you very, very much for your participation in our Attorney Conference last week. I really thought it was a great session and that was
due in no small part to your involvement.

Alec Wightman, Firm wide Managing Partner, Baker & Hostetler

 

Thanks Werten – I thought the program was wonderful and have heard lots of great comments from the associates about it as well!

Heather J. McDonald, Partner, Baker Hostetler LLP, Chair, Professional Development Committee

 

Thanks, Werten. The main problem I will have is following in your footsteps — I fear it will be a great letdown. Safe travels.

Steve Leifer, Partner, Baker Botts LLP, Chair, Professional Development Committee

 

I thought you were great! The associates were engaged, and your presentation was spot on

Jennifer Queen, Director of Professional Development and Recruitment, Baker Botts

 

Thank you for your presentations over the past two days. I have heard from a number of associates about how much food for thought they had received. They were very positive on the training; they are continuing to process the information.

Jessica C. Abrahams| Partner
McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP

 

You did a great job today! I really enjoyed your presentation and I received great feedback from Atlanta partners.

Thank you for delivering such a wonderful program. You did an outstanding job!

Patricia “Patty” Shenkman| Senior Professional Development Manager
McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP

 

It was a pleasure having you here – your client development presentation was fantastic, as always. I look forward to discussing further programs for which we can engage you.

Marian Lee J.D., Director of Professional Development and Risk Management, Brownstein Faber

 

“You were exactly what we needed. Internally we are already discussing a repeat performance.”

Peter Riley Firm wide Managing Partner, Thompson & Knight

 

“Werten — thanks for your outstanding presentation to our group yesterday in Dallas. I liked your substance and your style. We will want to explore having you talk to our partnership at Reed Smith as well. Thanks again.”

Gregory Jordan former Firm wide Managing Partner, Reed Smith

 

“You made a HUGE contribution to our all Associates Retreat and we’re grateful. I had heard so much about you and am glad to have finally witnessed your training.”

Ben Johnson Chairman, Alston & Bird

 

“Again, thank you very, very much for your participation in our Attorney Conference last week. I really thought it was a great session and that was due in no small part to your involvement.

I had a preconception of making this Conference more of a “skill building” event than we’ve had in the past, and your participation caused it to come off better than I could have ever hoped. Thanks! t was a pleasure working with you, and I look forward to doing it again in the future.”

Alec Wightman Firm wide Managing Partner, Baker & Hostetler

 

“I truly enjoyed your excellent program today. I will make it a point to be in touch with you.”

John J. Soroko Chairman, Duane Morris LLP

 

Per my note the other day, it was a great presentation and we have received a lot of very positive feedback. Thanks so much for coming out here to talk to our folks.

I look forward to working together with you again in the future.

Barack S. Echols Partner, Chair of Diversity Committee, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

 

Client Development Training

Werten, thanks again for a wonderful presentation. People have continued to talk about it this week – no higher praise for a client development presentation to a bunch of lawyers.

Neil Wasser Partner – Chairman
Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP

 

Werten — thanks for your efforts yesterday. Your presentation was fantastic and has laid the groundwork for much thought and work ahead. You will be pleased to know that the themes you expounded in the morning turned up with regularity in our team building exercise in the afternoon.

I’m sure we will be back in touch.

Jay Epstein Partner, Co-Chair, Global Real Estate, DLA Piper

 

Thanks Werten. Your presentation was very well received.

Jay Raines Global Co-CEO, DLA Piper

 

I’m back in the office today from the Shareholder Retreat. The feedback that I received was consistently excellent. Phrases such as “incredibly valuable” and “made me think of business development differently” were common. Everyone who attended, including my Co-Managing Director, found your presentation to be extremely worthwhile and engaging. Some commented that it was fast-paced, but you indicated that it would be at the beginning of your presentation.

Overall, an excellent presentation that I am confident will help our Level A Shareholders in their business development efforts.

Thomas Bender, Chairman, Littler Mendelsohn

 

The thanks actually go from me to you. Your presentation was terrific! It provided helpful substantive information which I know will be of great benefit to my partners. I am confident we will be working with you in the future

Robert Webb Chairman, Troutman Sanders

 

We have received terrific feedback from the partners. Everyone found your client development presentation to be of tremendous value! Lots of good conversations occurring as a follow-on to your talk. In fact, I have a few takeaways that I would love to discuss with you.

Maura Brandt, Chief Marketing Officer, Troutman Sanders

 

Thanks again for the excellent presentation you made to Dilworth Paxson early last week. I have heard nothing but positive reviews from the attorneys in our firm. Your client development presentation was beneficial to the professional development of our attorneys and the energy you brought to the presentation made it that much more enjoyable.

James W. Hennessey, Managing Partner, Dilwoth Paxon

 

“Your presentations were very well received. I look forward to working with you in the future.”

Russell Wesh, Firm wide Managing Partner, Polsinelli Shughart

 

“Your training and consulting work provides our partners and associates the tools needed to excel.”

John Murphy, Firm wide Managing Partner, Shook Hardy & Bacon

 

“Werten — thanks for your outstanding presentation to our group yesterday in Dallas. I liked your substance and your style. We will want to explore having you talk to our partnership at Reed Smith as well. Thanks again.”

Gregory Jordan, former Firm wide Managing Partner, Reed Smith

 

“I truly enjoyed your excellent program today. I will make it a point to be in touch with you.”

John J. Soroko, Chairman, Duane Morris LLP

 

“We very much enjoyed your presentation. I am certain that we will be calling to arrange for some additional training for our folks.”

Thomas ‘Tad’ Decker, Partner and Chairman, Cozen O’Connor

 

Law Department Training

I couldn’t close out for the holiday without thanking you for a great contribution to our conference in Shanghai. As expected it was powerful and provocative. My sense is that we have some work to do on business partnering but you’ve given us a great start.

Timothy Proctor, General Counsel, Diageo plc

 

Everyone loved you and the presentation. Loved it. I will introduce you to the HR folks. They are very interested in working with you.

Damien Atkins, General Counsel & Secretary, Panasonic Corporation

 

“You did a great job at our Law Department Retreat – the feedback has been consistently positive. Thanks again for joining us.”

Gaye Adams Massey, Senior Deputy General Counsel, UnitedHealth Group

 

Thank you for taking the time to present to us. I am very grateful.

I have already had some really positive feedback. I have already started to work on getting you back to London for a broader workshop. I will keep you informed.

Jennifer Small, Regulatory Counsel | International Banks Division | Bank of England – Prudential Regulation Authority

 

I thought your talk was excellent – thanks for taking the time and energy to come visit with us here in London – it was very impactful.

I do think your messages are more broadly applicable in Accenture – and I am happy to make some connects for you.

Oliver Benzecry, CEO, Accenture, UK and Ireland

 

“Thank you for your Value Story training. I believe the attorneys found your remarks very valuable. I certainly did. I look forward to continuing to work together.”

Michael Connelly, General Counsel, Xcel Energy

 

“He is a very gifted attorney who I have had the pleasure to work with at Genetics Institute and Wyeth. What remains amazing is his commitment to growing the skills and capabilities of other attorneys. I continue to be a supporter of Werten and his efforts to help attorneys “chart their own course.” He is a significant resource to any firm or law department seeking to develop its attorneys.

Larry Stein, Executive, General Counsel, Celgene, Inc.

 

Thanks again for joining us yesterday at the UPS Global Law Department Retreat. Your remarks were very well received. We have some follow up work to do in order to keep the momentum going.

Richard Rufulo, Vice President, Legal, UPS

 

“Thank you for your motivational presentation at our recent Law Division offsite meeting. We feel you provided several valuable ideas and insights that we can use to improve our business. I was particularly impressed by your thoughts on how we can use business partnering as a means of developing high performing attorneys.

Mark Roellig, General Counsel, Mass Mutual

 

“Your presentation was just terrific — informative and inspiring. We look forward to your training at our next Fidelity Law Department Conference.”

Marc Gary, General Counsel, Fidelity Investments

 

“Thanks so much for your participation in our Law Department Retreat. We really enjoyed your presentation.”

Katherine Adams, General Counsel, Honeywell

 

“The feedback from the lawyers in my Law Department has been overwhelmingly positive. The business partnering training truly resonated with them.”

Robert Gerrard, Jr., Former General Counsel, Scripps Networks

 

Diverse Attorney Training

You are the best at what you do. No one gets a consistent score of 100 from the Fellows except you.

Robert Grey, Executive Director, Leadership Council for Legal Diversity (LCLD)

You were excellent and we really appreciate the messages you conveyed to our partners and associates. We will be in touch about further programming, including at the partner meeting. We have other ideas we want to explore as well.

Lorraine McGowen, Partner and Chair of Diversity Committee, Orrick

I cannot begin to thank you for such a fantastic session last Friday. Thus far, all of the feedback from your sessions has been incredibly positive.

We had a short debrief with the partners and counsel yesterday morning and heard from everyone that they felt that this year’s conference was a major improvement over the 2013 conference. That is a very big compliment and I owe much of that to you.

Many thanks again Werten and I look forward to continuing the dialogue.

Hedieh Fakhriyazdi , Sr. Manager, Global Diversity and Social Responsibility

On behalf of the Black Attorney Affinity Group, thank you again joining us for the 2015 BAAG Conference on Friday. By all accounts, the BAAG members were very pleased with the sessions that you presented. The candor and “straight talk” guidance that you provided was greatly appreciated by the Weil associates and partners as well the summer associates.

Laura A. Wilkinson, Partner and Chair of Diversity Committee
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

 

Thank you for your terrific presentation at Kirkland yesterday. You were extremely well-received at the Firm by partners and associates alike. We look forward to continuing our partnership with you in 2015. There seems to be an appetite for repeating this kind of program for a broader attorney audience and we’ll be back in touch once we gather our thoughts on the best way to make that happen.

Rina Alvarez, Associate Director of Firm wide Diversity | Kirkland & Ellis

 

We have gotten rave reviews—100% rated you as excellent! Many said you were a highlight of the program. Which is pretty remarkable considering how divergent the audience is.

Meredith Moore, Chief Diversity Officer, Weil Gotshal & Manges

 

Thank you for doing an incredible job yesterday. You always make me look good. You really had a big impact on the way I will look at business development going forward.

Leslie Minier, Partner and Chief Diversity Officer, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

 

Thank you for your excellent presentation. It has been receiving rave reviews across the board.

William Cook, Diversity Partner, Arnold & Porter

 

My own reaction was that your content was absolutely first-rate — and I was confirmed in that opinion by the remark of one of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee members who said she felt like you were giving her “the secret sauce”!

Anne Nicholson Weber, US Professional Development Director, Dentons US LLP

 

We all really enjoyed your presentation. Everyone I spoke to was glowing in their enthusiasm. Sincerely.

Thank you very much. You made me look good!

Steven Velkei, Partner, Chair of Diversity Committee, Dentons

 

“You were phenomenal, and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. I saw our Managing Partner at an event tonight, and he’d already heard how good the retreat was, which was largely attributable to you.”

Tiffani Lee, Partner and Chair of Diversity Committee, Holland & Knight

 

Thank you for presenting to our first year associates yesterday. You were a huge hit once again!

Your content was incredibly well-received by the partners and associates I’ve talked to.

Most important, we’re hoping to include you in next year’s budget to continue building upon our partnership. Your content and approach resonate perfectly with our associates and partners alike.

Rina Alvarez, Director of Firm wide Diversity | Kirkland & Ellis

 

“In the hours after you finished, I have consistently heard nothing but high praise for your presentation, generally falling into the “best I’ve ever heard” category. You provided a great start to our program, and I really appreciate it.”

Joe Caldwell, Chair, Litigation Group , Baker Botts

 

“Our meeting today was phenomenal and our partners stopped by my office throughout the day to share how many lessons they learned and were simply overflowing with ideas and concepts on how to take their games to the next level. In fact, one partner stopped by THREE times with additional thoughts. “

Dionysia Johnson-Massie, Partner and Firm wide Management Committee, Littler Mendelson

 

Thank you for the excellent presentation! The only regret is that there wasn’t more time. Sophia Lee, who is copied on this message and is a long-time member and officer of our Board of Governors immediately followed you at the podium. I am not sure if you were still in the room to hear her say that you are a “tough act to follow.” I believe everyone would agree.

You got the group to think about diversity in new ways. The perspective of the diverse legal professional is too often left out of the conversation and I was glad to see it strongly incorporated in your program. The interaction among you and the bar leaders in attendance kept the program at a high energy level.

Again, I only wish we had more time

Charles J. Klitsch, Esquire, Director of Public and Legal Services, Philadelphia Bar Association

 

Law School Training

Thanks for another great two programs. The feedback was outstanding.

At the halfway mark of the series last week, we conducted a quick student survey. Certainly not to my surprise, Werten blew the doors off the place yet again. One comment of particular note: “Mr. Bellamy should teach the entire program.”

It’s was good to see you again. I’d like to find some time over the next several weeks, when your schedule allows, talking about next-step ideas.

David A. Montoya, Assistant Dean for Career Services, University of Texas School of Law

 

All I can say is: YOU ARE AWESOME! Thank you so very much for making such an impact on our students.

Tiff will be in touch with the particular feedback but there is certainly buzz around our campus! I had a meeting with the Dean this morning and reiterated how I hoped this was the first of a long relationship with you. He recognizes the need for PD training. I would love to chat in the coming weeks on what next steps may look like and get your thoughts on PD initiatives in general.

Allison Hickey Regan

Assistant Dean for Career Development, University of Houston Law School

What can I say? It was an exceptional presentation in every respect. I had been building you up to people here so much that it seemed that there was no way you could live up to the advanced billing. But you blew everyone away with your insights and fabulous presentation.

I have already heard from many of the people who were in the room and your remarks have already been a game-changer in the way that they are viewing this process. So you have done a great service to your school. My thanks for that and for all of the time that you gave to the Dean and I. Your insights are so valuable to us as well. Please let me know if I can assist in facilitating an ongoing discussion with the school.

Kevin M. Donovan, Senior Assistant Dean for Career Services, University of Virginia School of Law

 

The feedback has been uniformly positive! I couldn’t be happier about the way it went yesterday and want you to know how much I appreciate your generosity and enthusiasm.

I wish I had a fraction of your energy and polish! You are a highly gifted speaker and the message was just perfect. Thank you so much for working with me on this to set the stage for our program going forward. Look for a formal thank you in the mail.

Susan Fine, Director of Professional Development
The George Washington University Law School
Center for Professional Development and Career Strategy

 

Thank you! To say your presentation was amazing does not do it justice. We felt your content was vital to the students understanding of success and your delivery was thoroughly enjoyable. We would love to have you back in the future for a bigger audience.

Perhaps we can combine students with local attorneys for a CLE offering. If you find them helpful, we would love to submit a recommendation for you on LinkedIn. We really thought your presentation was fantastic.

Kari Bellon
Events and Communications Coordinator – Career Services
Washington University School of Law

 

It was a high value talk, to be sure. Of course I’m most interested in your in-house (and by extension firm) value proposition work and would love to chat more down the line.

Erik D. Ramanathan
Executive Director, Program on the Legal Profession
Harvard Law School