What: 5th Annual Young Women in Law Charity Gala
Where: The Everleigh Club, 580 King St. W.
When: March 26, 2015
“You have gone through a lot of school and are way more educated than I am,” began Elaine Lui, founder of LaineyGossip.com and co-host on The Social, as she addressed the crowd at last week’s Young Women in Law Charity Gala. “But I feel like the skill that would take you to another level of branding is going to be the ability to connect with people,” she explained, her broadcast-ready voice carrying across the room.
The most successful professionals, Lui went on, can translate their own esoteric knowledge into plain English.
Indeed, from networking to client building, communication is an essential skill, said Carrie Heller, president of the legal recruiting firm The Heller Group, the gala’s title sponsor. “Successful networkers are strong communicators even when in unfamiliar environments,” she explained. “And this is not a skill that comes naturally to every lawyer.”
Which is why she encourages junior lawyers to attend events like the Young Women in Law Gala, where they can “gain confidence networking with their peers in order to build the skills that will make them successful communicators down the road.”
Now in its fifth year, the annual gala invites speakers outside the legal profession to address — and inspire — women in their early years of practice.
On top of that, it always raises money for a good cause. This year, the gala raised $18,000 for the Covenant House, a charity that assists homeless and at-risk youth.