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Lex Mundi COO and Executive Directors Conference

Honing Your Skills


Jay Sullivan, managing partner of Exec-Comm and author of Simply Said, will host a workshop at the 2017 Lex Mundi COO and Executive Directors Conference on September 15th.

Too often, COOs and executive directors focus on professional development for the staff they manage. They often neglect their own personal development.  This interactive and fast-paced session will help COOs and executive directors understand how to position themselves--and their ideas--for greatest impact.

During his presentation, award-winning author Jay Sullivan will discuss the attributes of a highly effective leader. He’ll help you identify and sharpen the skills COOs and executive directors need to maximize their value.

 Topics will include: 

  • Improving your consensus building skills to stay connected
  • Learning to solicit meaningful feedback
  • Performing a “SWOT” analysis of your abilities
  • Identifying advisors and coaches outside the firm to enhance your skills
  • Jay Sullivan

    Jay Sullivan is the Managing Partner at Exec-Comm, and leads the firm’s Law Firm Group. He is an award-winning author and columnist, as well as an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown Law Center and Fordham University School of Law. His book, Simply Said: Communicating Better at Work and Beyond, was released by John Wiley & Sons in 2016, and has since been translated into Chinese, Korean, and Russian.  As a contributing writer for, Jay brings relevant and timely advice on enhancing one’s communication skills to the business community.

    Whether working with groups or in one-on-one coaching arrangements Jay helps professionals have greater impact by teaching them to focus on the needs of their audiences. Jay works closely with the learning and development professionals at many global law firms and financial services firms to customize communication skills solutions.

    Jay joined Exec-Comm after nine years as a practicing attorney. He received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 1989. That year, Jay was named among the first class of Skadden Fellows by the Skadden Foundation. As a Skadden Fellow, Jay acted as in-house legal counsel at Covenant House, a crisis shelter for runaway and homeless teenagers. Following his Fellowship, Jay spent seven years practicing insurance law on behalf of Lloyds of London.

    After graduating from Boston College in 1984, Jay spent two years in the Jesuit International Volunteer Corps, teaching English. His book about that experience, Raising Gentle Men: Lives at the Orphanage Edge, was named the 2014 Best Book by a Small Publisher by the Catholic Press Association. Jay was a featured columnist on communication skills for the New York Law Journal, and has been published in Readers Digest, Catholic Digest, Parents Magazine, The Golfer, and The New York Times.

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