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Ladder Down

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 December 1st. The program begins in January each year and runs for 12 months. Tuition for the program is $1250. 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.

A sample 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 – Sample Program Schedule

(Dates/times subject to change)

Friday, early January
5:00 – 6:00 pm
Welcome Reception, in person

Saturday, early January
8:30-11:30 am
Leadership Development – Part 1 (remote)

Saturday, early February
8:30-11:30 am
Leadership Development – Part 2 (remote)

Saturday, early March
1 hour morning time slots TBD
Leadership Development Small Group Session #1 (remote)

March
Panel Presentation:
Women Firm Leaders Share Tips to Success (in person)

Saturday, early April
1 hour morning time slots TBD
Leadership Development Small Group Session #2 (remote)
 

April
Panel Presentation:
Wisdom from the Bench, the Judicial Perspective (in person)

Saturday, early May
8:45-11:15 am
Business and Career Development – Part 1 (remote)
 

Friday, early June
Time TBD
Business and Career Development Small Group Session #1 (remote)
 

Saturday, early June
8:45-11:15 am
Business and Career Development – Part 2 (remote)

July
Panel Presentation: Ladder Down Alumni Rainmakers Share What works (in person)

August
Social
 

Friday, September
Time TBD
Business and Career Development Small Group Session #2 (remote)

Saturday, September
8:45-11:15 am
Business and Career Development – Part 3 (remote)

October
Panel Presentation: Corporate Counsel Decision Makers Share how to Earn and Keep Their Business and Succeed In-House (in person)

Friday, November
Time DBD
Business and Career Development Small Group Session #3 (remote)

Saturday, October
8:45-11:15 am
Business and Career Development – Part 4 (remote)

December
Graduation Social (in person)