• Story by Story

    Stories that inform, influence, inspire.

    Story by Story

    Moving Conversations & Relationships Forward

  • Rose Ors | ClientSmart

    Rose Ors

    I help you tell your stories.

    Here's my story:

     

    It all started in 2017 when I got a crazy and wonderful idea to create a column where I interview influential members of the legal community and ask them questions that bring to the forefront what I call, "the person behind the title." The idea became a reality when Thomson Reuters said "yes" to publishing my first interview with the always insightful Mark Chandler, CLO of Cisco. The interview became the now monthly column: Upfront & Personal.

     

    I had been noodling with the idea for Upfront & Personal for several years. I would pick it up, and I would put it down. Then one day I decided to not only turn my idea for the column into reality but to pursue writing full-time. So, I opened my "stories" folder and began writing. This time with focus, intention, and with something I had stopped feeling and wanted back: flow.

     

    I bring to my new adventure over 25 years of building relationships in the legal industry and providing creative approaches to the business of law. I also bring my experience as a serial entrepreneur inside and outside the world of law. Lastly, I bring a love for telling stories that celebrate people, ideas, and movements.

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    SERVICES

     

     

    INTERVIEWS | ARTICLES

    I conduct interviews with legal industry leaders for print & online publication.

    I write articles on hot-button legal topics, events & conferences.

    INTERVIEWER | MODERATOR

    I conduct live one-on-one interviews & moderate panels

    at legal industry retreats & conferences.

    SPEAKER | KEYNOTES

    I share insights into the craft of storytelling, the power

    of questions & the art of conversation.

    | BEST OF ALL |

    I help move conversations & relationships forward.

  • PORTFOLIO

    I write in the hopes it will bring a little more connection, humanity and curiosity into our world.

    Column: Upfront & Personal

    Learn about the person behind the title.

    Click here to read the profiles. Scroll down to the Upfront & Personal Photo Gallery to see the individuals who have shared their personal stories with us.

    Column: Voices In Sustainability

    Interviews with trailblazers & thought leaders in corporate sustainability & ESG investments.

    Click here to read the interviews. Scroll down to the Voices in Sustainability Photo Gallery to see the individuals who have shared their insights on ESG.

    Series: Curious Minds

    Learn what influences & inspires legal thought leaders.

    Click here to read the profiles. Scroll down to the Curious Minds Photo Gallery to see the individuals who have shared what inspires and influences.

    Hot Button Topics

    Memorandums & White Papers

    Click here to download the memorandum to Berkeley Law with recommendations on further steps to take to address the wellness crisis in the legal industry.

    Blog: LOOK ...

    More articles, musings & ruminations.

    Click here to read articles on CLOC, Artificial Intelligence, Leadership, Knowing Your Clients, Winning the RFP, Operational Excellence, Design Thinking, Procurement, Law Firm Pricing Officers, Key Client Programs.

  • TESTIMONIALS

    Connie Brenton | Director of

    Legal Operations, NetApp

    "You have an intuition and a style that brings out the soul of those you connect with and write about. It's an amazing talent. I was honored to have been part of your contributions and insights into leaders in the legal community."

    William Henderson | Law Professor | Editor of Legal Evolution | Interim Director of Development, IFLP​

    "I recently worked with Rose on a Q&A session for Curious Minds. This is how it worked: Rose asked good, hard questions; I rambled and ruminated; Rose listened, distilled and edited; and something elegant and useful came out the other side. What a talent! I would love to work with Rose again."

    Rosanna Neagle | VP for Legal Affairs, Nestlé Dreyer’s Ice Cream/Nespresso

    "Thank you Rose for creating this platform [Upfront & Personal] to share our stories. Your questions were insightful and-- for me--perfectly timed as I close out a long chapter as a corporate lawyer and embark on the next adventure(s). Your creative energy and enthusiasm will be an inspiration!"

    Mark Chandler | Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer , Cisco

    "Rose Ors is a smart, sophisticated and highly professional journalist who knows the legal space backward and forward. I've worked with her on a couple of stories. In both cases, she was able to capture not just the words (which she did concisely and accurately), but the spirit as well -- so that the reader could understand context. She's great to work with, and her ability to relate well to the people she interviews does not interfere with the independence, judgment and objectivity required to create credible stories. I don't hesitate to work with her on any story where we have a desire to participate."

    Mark Smolick | General Counsel &

    Chief Compliance Officer,

    DHL Supply Chain Americas

    "Rose you are an inspiring and creative writer. Although I can surely only speak for myself and my team, we oftentimes go about our daily routines so focused on seeking opportunities to continuously drive meaningful value to the organizations we serve that we have little time to learn about others in the industry in a way portrayed by Rose. Many thanks Rose for your unique and fresh approach with your Upfront & Personal stories. I thoroughly enjoyed reading each story. Very well done!"

    Jennifer Warner | Vice President Legal, Columbia Sportswear

    "I recently had the chance to be interviewed by Rose for her Upfront & Personal series. It was a great experience. Rose was able to inspire a level of genuine self-reflection that I would never have expected. Such a pleasure to work with her!"

  • THE RFP:

    WIN THE BIG ONE

    Success is in the details.

    Read the excerpt here.

  • LOOK ...

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