• I have a passion for words & stories.

    Whether writing, teaching or giving talks,

    I tell stories with the hope they will

    inform, influence & inspire.

    Rose Ors | ClientSmart

    "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your wild and precious life?"

    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.

     

    rose@clientsmart.net | 310.998.7630

    LinkedIn | Twitter

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    SERVICES

    Clients engage me to write columns, articles and white papers on hot-button topics.

    They engage me to moderate panels and conduct interviews.

    They engage me to give talks.
    They do so knowing I have a passion for doing work that informs, influences & inspires.

  • CLIENTS

    Representative Client List

    WRITER | COLUMNIST

    I currently write the corporate in-house series, In Practice. Previous series include 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. 

    WRITER | COLUMNIST | MODERATOR

    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.

    PRESENTER | ADVISOR

    Community of Legal Innovators

    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.

    WRITER | COMMUNICATION STRATEGIST 

    I wrote articles, conducted interviews, and provided strategic communication advice. I also served as a press liaison.

  • TESTIMONALS

    ITESTIMONIALS

    Mark Chandler | CISCO
    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.."

    Ebony Cormier | NetApp Intern  Summer of 2020

    "I would like to thank you for the knowledge and insight you provided in the [CLI,Corporate Legal Leaders]  forum today. Your storytelling was so captivating it drew me into what you were sharing. The call to do our part  and how to approach what's going on in the world resonated with me. Thank you, Rose, for your thoughtfulness."
     
    Connie Brenton | Founder, Community of Legal Innovators (CLI)
     
    "Rose, you changed lives today with your CLI, Corporate Legal Leaders presentation. Thank you, on behalf of the law students and the legal ecosystem! You were riveting."

    Mark Smolick | DHL Supply Chain

    General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer 

    "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!"

    Bill Henderson | Legal Evolution
    Founder

    "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."

    Adam Sterling | Berkeley Center for Law & Business

    Executive Director

    "We've had the pleasure of working with Rose for the last couple of years. She is a phenomenal writer, interviewer, and colleague."

    Connie Brenton | NetApp
      VP, Law, Technology & Operations

    "You have an intuition and a style that brings out the soul of those you connect with, teach, and write about. It's an amazing talent. I have been honored to be a part of your contributions and insights on the legal profession and its leaders."

     

     

     

    Rosanna Neagle | Nestlé

    VP for Legal Affairs

    "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!"

    Jennifer Warner  | Columbia Sportswear
    Vice President, Legal

    "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!"
  • IN PRACTICE

     CORPORATE LAW DEPARTMENT SERIES

    In conversation with corporate law department leaders and change agents. 

    GC as a  Strategic Business Partner

    TONYA ROBINSON & CARL CARANDE

    General Counsel | Chair of Advisory

    KPMG

    Preferred Law Firm Panels

    GREG JORDAN

     General Counsel

    PNC FINANCIAL

    Legal Operations

    DONNY CHING

    Global Head of Legal

    SHELL

    Diversity & Inclusion

    MARK HOWARD

    Executive VP & Chief Legal Officer,

    NATIONWIDE

    Metrics

    DANA RAO

    Executive VP & General Counsel,

    ADOBE

    Technology Roadmap

    CONNIE BRENTON

    VP of Law, Technology & Operations

    NETAPP

    DEV STAHLKOPF

    Executive VP & Chief Legal Officer

    CISCO

    ESG & the SEC

    HOWARD FISCHER

    Partner

    MOSES & SINGER

    Strategic Planning

    BJARNE TELLMANN

    Senior VP & General Counsel

    GSK CONSUMER HEALTHCARE

    Scenario Planning

    MICHELLE-KIM COHEN

    Deputy General Counsel

    DASSAULT SYSTÈMES

    Scenario Planning

    The Expanding Influence & Impact
    of the Chief Legal Officer

    Featuring CLOs Alan Tse, Joanne Caruso & Kodwo Ghartey-Tagoe

  • HOT BUTTON TOPICS

    For the Berkeley Law Center for Law & Business

    THE GLASS CEILING

    Cracking the Glass Ceiling

    WELLNESS

    Wellness in the Legal Industry

    GENDER PARITY

    Gender Parity in Law Firms

  • LOOK ...

    Interviews, musings & ruminations

    December 13, 2021 · Purpose,Culture,Diversity,Inclusion,Communication
    November 17, 2021 · Technology roadmap,Workflow,Strategy,In-House Counsel,Legal Operations
    November 7, 2021 · Belonging,Inclusiveness,Compassion,Kindness
    November 2, 2021 · Friendship,Belonging,Joy
    October 28, 2021 · Recommendations,Podcast,Interviews
    October 16, 2021 · Mindset,Wisdom,Choice
    October 16, 2021
    October 12, 2021 · Mental health,Work culture,Sustainability,Diversity,Inclusion
    October 1, 2021 · Mental health,Self-Compassion
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