Ladder Down

Ladder Down Nomination

MAMAs is proud to co-sponsor a partially remote, partially in-person Ladder Down program, a year-long business development and leadership training program for select participants. Accepted participants commit to a one-year program in which they will discover their strengths, hone their self-advancement skills, and make important career connections through large and small group sessions and panel presentations led by a combination of experienced coaches/faculty, attorneys, and judges in the Seattle community. The program is open to women from all practice areas and experience levels, including in-house lawyers, government lawyers, and lawyers in private practice.

Applications are due November 14th. The program begins in January each year and runs for 12 months. Tuition for the program is $1500. Partial scholarships may be available to MAMAs members based on need and availability.

Applications are available here: Download Application
Submit applications to ladderdown@mamaseattle.org
Interested in sponsoring? Contact ladderdown@mamaseattle.org

What is Ladder Down?​

Business Development Boot Camp: Four large-group sections (via Zoom) and several small group sessions guided by Marianne Trost (thewomenlawyerscoach.com) address developing and sustaining client relationships, increasing visibility, and improving self-advocacy in ways that are specifically geared for women lawyers. The program will also address developing business remotely.

Leadership Training: In two large group settings and one small group setting (via Zoom), experienced business consultant Lynn Moran (azc3.com) works with to increase self-awareness, improve communication skills, and understand conflict resolution styles.

Mentors, Champions, and Role Models: The program focuses on identifying mentors and champions and the importance of “paying it forward.” These sessions feature interactive panel discussions with local judges, law firm leaders, women rainmakers, and in-house counsel, many of whom are past Ladder Down class members who have successfully implemented techniques, strategies, and networking taught in the Ladder Down program. These presentations will be in person.

Small Group Sessions: Small group sessions (via Zoom) supporting each monthly session are led by Marianne Trost and Lynn Moran. In these sessions, class members establish and track individual goals, design implementation strategies, discuss challenges and successes, and check in for accountability. Small group sessions encourage members to provide each other with support, suggestions, and accountability and build relationships.

The 2024 Ladder Down program schedule is listed below, and the application link is above. We welcome all MAMAs members to apply for an exciting year of making connections while enhancing your business development and leadership skills!

Questions? E-mail ladderdown@mamaseattle.org.

Ladder Down – 2024 Program Schedule

(Dates/times subject to change)

Friday, January 19: 5:30 pm-7:30 pm

Welcome Reception

Saturday, January 20: 8:45 am-11:15 am

First Large Group Session with Lynn

Saturday, February 3: 8:45 am-11:15 am

Second Large Group Session with Lynn

February TBD

Panel Presentation: Women Firm Leaders

Saturday, March 9: timeslots TBD

First Small Group Session with Lynn

Saturday, April 20: timeslots TBD

Second Small Group Session with Lynn

March or April TBD

Social Event

Saturday, April 27: 8:45 am-11:15 am

Large Group Session with Marianne:
Business and Career Development Part 1

May TBD

Panel Presentation: Ladder Down Alumni

Saturday, June 1: 8:45 am-11:15 am

Large Group Session with Marianne:
Business and Career Development Part 2

June TBD

Panel Presentation: Wisdom from the Bench

Saturday, June 15: timeslots TBD
(between 8am and 12pm)

Small Group Session with Marianne Part 1

Saturday, August 17: timeslots TBD
(between 8am-12pm)

Small Group Session with Marianne Part 2

Saturday, September 7: 8:45 am – 11:15 am

Large Group Session with Marianne:
Business and Career Development Part 3

September TBD

Social Event

Saturday, September 28: timeslots TBD
(between 8am-12pm)

Small Group Session with Marianne Part 3

Saturday, October 5: 8:45 am-11:15 am

Large Group Session with Marianne:
Business and Career Development Part 4

October TBD

Panel Presentation: Corporate Counsel Decision Makers

Saturday, October 26: timeslots TBD
(between 8am and 12pm)

Small Group Session with Marianne Part 4

Friday, November 8, time TBD

Graduation Ceremony

Ladder Down Nomination

Do you know someone who might benefit from the LadderDown Program? Complete the below nomination form to add them to our candidate pool and we will reach out to them about the program. Thank you for helping us identify additional candidates!