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Ladder Down

MAMAs is proud to co-sponsor the 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 December 1st. The program begins in January each year and runs for 12 months. Tuition is $1500. Partial scholarships may be available to MAMAs members based on need and availability.

Applications are available here: Download Application

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What is Ladder Down?

Ladder Down is an innovative, national program for women attorneys at all levels of practice to hone their leadership and business development skills. A year-long intensive program for approximately 24 female attorneys, Ladder Down encourages women attorneys to “hold the Ladder Down” to help each other succeed through networking and cross-referrals. The program features workshops lead by nationally recognized career coaches who specialize in assisting women attorneys build a book of business and rise through corporate counsel ranks. The program is open to all practice groups.

Through monthly training and small group accountability sessions, MAMA Seattle’s Ladder Down participants focus on:

  • Business Development Boot Camp: Four large-group sections and several small group sessions guided by Marianne Trost ( address developing and sustaining client relationships, increasing visibility, and improving self-advocacy in ways that are specifically geared for women lawyers.
  • Leadership Training: In large group settings, experienced business consultant Lynn Moran ( works with participants in large and small group settings 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 women rainmakers, law firm leaders, in-house counsel, and local judges.
  • Small Group Sessions: Small group sessions supporting each monthly session are led by Marianne Trost and Lynn Moran. In these sessions, individual goals are established, implementation strategies designed, challenges discussed, and actions / successes tracked. Small group sessions encourage members to provide each other with support, suggestions, and accountability and build relationships.

The 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!

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2020 Ladder Down – Seattle Program Schedule

(Dates/times subject to change)

Friday, January 10th
5:00 – 7:00 pm
Welcome Reception

Saturday, January 11th
8:45-11:15 am
Leadership Development – Part 1

Saturday, February 8th
8:45-11:15 am
Leadership Development – Part 2

Saturday, March 14th
Morning, time TBD
Small Group Meeting with Lynn Moran

Friday, April 3rd
12:00 – 1:30 pm
Panel Presentation:
Women Firm Leaders Share Tips to Success

Saturday, May 2nd
8:45-11:15 am
Business and Career Development – Part 1

Friday, June 19th
Time TBD
Business and Career Development Small Group Session  #1

Saturday, June 20th
8:45 – 12:30 pm
Business and Career Development – Part 2 and Panel Presentation: Corporate Counsel Decision Makers Share how to Earn and Keep Their Business and Succeed In-House

Friday, July 31st
Time TBD
Business and Career Development Small Group Session #2

Friday, September 18th
Time TBD
Business and Career Development Small Group Session #3

Saturday, September 19th
8:45-11:15 am
Business and Career Development – Part 3

Saturday, October 17th
9:00 – 11:00 am
Panel Presentation:
Wisdom from the Bench, the Judicial Perspective

Friday, November 6th
Time DBD
Business and Career Development Small Group Session #4

Saturday, November 7th
8:45-11:15 am
Business and Career Development – Part 4

Friday, January 8th
5:00 – 7:00 pm