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NALP: Professional Development Institute

Reflecting on Imposter Syndrome


The 2019 Professional Development Institute is the must-attend conference for learning about current trends in lawyer professional development, exploring key issues facing the legal industry, hearing about proven programs to give your lawyers and law students the competitive edge they need, and networking with over 300 law firm and law school PD contacts.

Reflecting on Imposter Syndrome:  Empowering Your Clients To See Their True Value

Jay Sullivan, Managing Partner, will co-lead a breakout session with Angelique Magliulo Hager and Dr. Arin Reeves on December 6 at 10:30 am.

First generation law students, junior attorneys, and newly minted partners and leaders often share a challenge: they’re new to their role and aren’t yet comfortable in their skin, or conveying confidence. Helping them find – and effectively use – their voice and take their seat at the table promotes their success. In this hands-on, interactive session, you’ll learn language and techniques that will help you to better coach your law student and attorney clients to tell their story and convey their message with confidence and conviction. The same skills will apply to how you develop your own voice and how you coach members of your team to convey your value confidently and effectively.

Find more information and register here.

  • 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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