I have a passion for words & stories.
Whether writing, teaching or giving talks,
I tell stories with the hope they will
inform, influence & inspire.
— Mary Oliver
Hello and welcome.
I started ClientSmart in 2014 to teach my legal industry clients new and refined ways to think about the business of law. In 2017, I had an "aha" moment that changed everything. I read a lot both for business and pleasure. On the business side, I noticed that there weren't any articles or interviews that focused on the human side of leadership. So I asked myself, "What if I created a column where I interview influential members of the legal community and ask them questions that reveal "the person behind the title?"
The idea became a reality when Thomson Reuters said "yes" to publishing my column. My first interview was with the always gracious and insightful Mark Chandler, the then CLO of Cisco. The interview became the monthly column, "Upfront & Personal."
What began as a single column has evolved into a series of columns, interviews, articles, case studies, and white papers. It has also evolved into talks and presentations.
I bring to my almost new adventure over 30 years of building relationships in the legal industry. I bring my experience as a serial entrepreneur inside and outside the world of law.
I bring a love of language—its power to inform, influence, and inspire. I bring a passion for telling stories that celebrate people, ideas, and movements.
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I write the interview series Upfront & Personal, Curious Minds, and On Leadership. I also pen articles on various legal industry topics, including digital transformation, corporate governance, and access to justice. In October 2021, I launched the series In Practice, focused on how sophisticated general counsels and law departments have reimagined their role.
I wrote the limited series, Voices in Sustainability for the Business & Society Institute. I also wrote a number of papers for the Women in Law Initiative, including, Cracking the Glass Ceiling a Piece at a Time: A Primer, Gender Parity in U.S. Law Firms, and Maintaining Wellness in the Legal Industry.
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I've given talks to law school students and legal practitioners on the mindset and strategies necessary to succeed in law or any other career path.
I wrote articles, conducted interviews, and provided strategic communication advice. I also served as a press liaison.
I hope you join me in helping to make the workplace more human-centered.
Our selves, our families, our communities, and our world needs it. From my heart to yours, Rose
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