Wonder Woman in Business, Alycia Sutor

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Alycia Sutor

Managing Director, Growth Play

Alycia Sutor leads the Professional Services team and has more than twenty years’ experience helping lawyers and executives accelerate sales performance and revenue growth. She is particularly passionate about helping individuals create greater impact in how they lead, work, and sell by unlocking strengths and research-based insights to power individual, team and organizational growth. 

Prior to her current role, Alycia oversaw the business development and marketing functions at Goldberg Kohn and McDermott Will & Emery. Alycia is also passionate about elevating the profession of law through various volunteer leadership roles, including with the Legal Marketing Association (LMA), currently serving as the co-chair of the Talent Development Committee. She also served as LMA’s President of the International Board of Directors, as well as the Board President for the Midwest Region and has served on the advisory board of the Legal Sales and Service Organization. Alycia is a frequent speaker on business development topics, which includes guest teaching appearances at Chicago-Kent School of Law. 

Clients often remark that working with Alycia feels like they have been to the gym, the spa and the therapist all at the same time. 

Alycia received her MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and her BA from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. Alycia chairs the board of the Inclusive Collective, a campus ministry group at UIC. She resides in Oak Park, IL and, when not with clients, can often be found on the sidelines of a sports game for one of her two teenagers. She’s an avid bookworm and it’s always worth asking about her current favorite read. 

Link to a video from the 2010 LMA Annual Conference…the message is relevant for those of in the legal space.

Alycia is truly a gentle but formidable change agent! I particularly love the model of change Alycia imparts called “The Four Cs”:

  1. Caucus

  2. Cash

  3. Conversation

  4. Calendar

This is how change gets done! Women in business seek change because we have been struggling to navigate the white, male operating system in this country for far too long. Tune in to hear more from Alycia on what’s most important to her.

Alycia Sutor

Connect with Alycia

LinkedIn: in/alyciasutor

Phone: 708.369.5408

Email: asutor@growthplay.com

Growth Play Locations

Chicago (Headquarters)
121 W. Wacker Drive
Suite 1750
Chicago, IL 60601

3123 Research Blvd.
Dayton, OH 45420

Wonder Woman, Sheenika Gandhi, Brilliant and Beautiful in So Many Ways!

Sheenika Gandhi

Director of Marketing & Business Development,

Payne & Fears, LLP

Sheenika S. Gandhi leads the development, oversight and implementation of the firm’s strategic marketing and business development objectives.

She is a strong project manager, creative thinker, and a trusted advisor for the firm’s attorneys and management. Her recent notable projects include: an integrated thought leadership strategy, a business development coaching program, and centralized budget and operational processes.

Prior to joining Payne & Fears LLP, Sheenika led the digital marketing strategy for five years at an AmLaw200 firm.

Sheenika received her J.D. from California Western School of Law and her B.A. in Business Administration and International Relations from University of San Diego. Sheenika is a licensed California attorney.

Sheenika is an active volunteer with the Legal Marketing Association, the leading association for legal marketing. She currently assists with programming, communications and sponsorship in her role as Vice-Chair of the Southern California Local Steering Committee.

Committed to helping cultural non-profit organizations grow in their membership and marketing, she has volunteered as a former Co-Chair for both the Young Jains of America and Young Jain Professionals, and served on committees for the Jain Center of Southern California and the Gujarati Society of Southern California. She enjoys yoga, exploring vegan restaurants and traveling.

Sheenika Gandhi

Get Connected:

Sheenika S. Gandhi

Director of Marketing & Business Development

(949) 797-1207




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Wonder Woman in Business, Gina Rubel, My Sister from Another Mister

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Gina Rubel

Furia Rubel, Founder & CEO

Corporate and law firm leaders call on Gina for high-stakes public relations, crisis planning, and incident response support including high profile litigation media relations. One of the most widely acknowledged experts on legal marketing and law firm public relations, Gina Rubel is a sought-after speaker and media expert. Listed among the 2018 Lawdragon Global 100 Leading Consultants and Strategists to the Legal Profession, Gina founded and continues to lead Furia Rubel Communications, the award-winning PR and marketing agency that has become a leading legal marketing and professional service communications boutique.

The full-service marketing and public relations shop has been listed among the leading agencies by the National Law JournalThe Legal IntelligencerNew Jersey Law Journal, and Philadelphia Business Journal. Under Gina’s direction, Furia Rubel provides strategic planning, marketing, public relationsmedia training, and content marketing services to a variety of specialized industries.

Gina’s legal background complements her unparalleled intuition as a client advocate and business diplomat, allowing her to partner with professional clients to achieve their objectives. She and the Furia Rubel team are always focused on the clients’ unique selling proposition, brand, key messages, and target audiences. As a result, Furia Rubel has developed and executed award-winning programs with outstanding ROIs. From industry-recognized marketing campaigns to media coverage, Gina and her team deliver exceptional results. Gina didn’t discover legal communications and marketing — she just repositioned it for a new century.

While actively practicing law, Gina served on a Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board Hearing Committee for six years where she conducted legal ethics reviews of other attorneys. Since then, she has become a nationally sought-after speaker and reveals the secrets to law firm communications success in her book Everyday Public Relations for Lawyers. She regularly presents to legal, financial, and government professionals, corporations and universities regarding ethics, legal marketing, social media, strategic public relations, crisis communications, and media training.

Often asked why, as a lawyer, she pursued a career in communications, Gina says, “The answer is simple. In marketing and public relations, we communicate a message to a target audience to achieve a desired response or outcome. This is like the practice of law except I can be more proactive and creative.”

A graduate of Drexel University and Widener University School of Law, Gina lives in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, with her husband, two children, rabbits, chickens and dogs.


Gina Rubel is actively involved in community organizations. She is a volunteer and child sponsor with Pearl S. Buck International, with which she has traveled to the Philippines on a cultural mission tour, and she supports the mission of CB Cares Educational Foundation.

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In addition, she serves as treasurer/secretary of The Justinian Foundation which provides scholarships to law school students in the Philadelphia region. Gina is a member of the Legal Marketing Association for which she serves on its Ethics and Advertising Advocacy Working Group and on a regional nominating committee. She also is a member of the American, Bucks, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations, Justinian Society (past chancellor), Philadelphia Public Relations Association, Public Relations Society of America, and Women Owned Law for which she was a founding member, member of the board of directors, and currently serves on the advisory board. She is the past chair of the Communications Committee for the Drexel University Alumni Association for which she also served as an elected member of the Board of Governors.


  • 2018 Lawdragon Global 100 Leading Consultants and Strategists to the Legal Profession

  • 2016 White Belt Legal Lean Sigma and Project Management Certificate

  • 2015 SmartCEO Brava Award — 40 of Philadelphia’s Leading Women in Business

  • 2015 Doylestown Rotary Four-Way Test Award

  • 2015 Recognition, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Senate of Pennsylvania, Hon. Charles J. McIlhinney, Jr.

  • 2013 Maxine Elkin Award for Distinguished Service from the Public Relation Society of America (PRSA) Philadelphia Chapter

  • 2011 Super Women List in Suburban Life magazine, December issue

  • 2010 The Justinian Society of Philadelphia, Lisa A. Richette Outstanding Woman in Law Award

  • 2010 The Legal Intelligencer Women Lawyer of Distinction Award

  • 2010 Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce Patricia Clatch Outstanding Woman in Business Award

  • 2010 Citation, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, House of Representatives, Hon. Marguerite C. Quinn

  • 2010 Recognition, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Senate of Pennsylvania, Hon. Charles J. McIlhinney, Jr.

  • 2010 Super Women List in Suburban Life magazine, December issue

  • 2009 eWomenNetwork Foundation International Femtor Award Finalist, Business Matchmaker of the Year

  • 2009 Special Achievement Award in Legal Communications and Media, National Italian-American Political Action Committee

  • 2009 Recognition, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Senate of Pennsylvania, Hon. Christine M. Tartaglione

  • 2008 Women of Distinction, Philadelphia Business Journal

  • 2008 Best 50 Women in Business, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Community and Economic Development, Governor Ed Rendell

  • 2007 Deanne White Award for Community Service from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Philadelphia Chapter

  • 2004 Twilight Wish Foundation, Outstanding Contributor Award

Gina Furia Rubel

To contact Gina:

Call 215-340-0480 or send an email, or on the web:


Wonder Woman in Business Sheila Murphy

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Sheila Murphy

CEO and President of Focus Forward LLC and

Chief Learning & Talent Officer of WOMN LLC

After 20 years of successfully litigating and developing and coaching talent in corporate America and law firms, Sheila is pursuing her passion for helping others reach their full potential. Leading with moxie, Sheila is CEO and President of Focus Forward LLC and Chief Learning & Talent Officer of WOMN LLC, focused on having individuals and businesses achieve their career and business goals. Sheila also continues to support the financial industry in her role as a consultant with Bates Group.  

In 2018, Sheila retired as Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel at MetLife where she provided litigation, regulatory and risk mitigation advice. As a well-respected thought leader, Sheila served as an executive sponsor to MetLife’s U.S. Women’s Business Network, co-chaired the Legal Affair’s Academy providing developmental opportunities to legal and compliance professionals worldwide and served as a member of its U.S. Task Force on diversity.  Prior to joining MetLife, Sheila was at the law firm of Thacher Proffitt & Wood.  

Sheila is a member of the Boards of Directors of National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) and PowerPlay, NYC, an organization that engages and educates underserved girls with a focus on sports. Sheila serves on the advisory board of Transforming Women's Leadership in Law and co-chairs the CARE’s Women’s Network of New York, which works on eradicating poverty through empowering women and girls. Previously, she was a member of the Board for Read Alliance. Women’s Venture Fund awarded Sheila the highest Leaf Award in recognition of her commitment to helping others advance in their careers. She was named a Most Influential Irish Woman by the Irish Voice, a Leading Women Lawyer in NYC by Crain's New York, and a Business 100 honoree by Irish America. Sheila also has received the Benchmark Litigation In-house Award at the Americas Women in Business Awards, the Virginia S. Mueller Outstanding Member Award from NAWL and a First Chair award for hard work, innovation and significant contributions to the legal community. 

Sheila is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she served on the Comparative Labor Law Journal and the School of Management at the State University of New York at Binghamton where she graduated magna cum laude. Sheila is a frequent speaker on litigation and regulatory issues, talent, and business development, leadership and diversity

Sheila Murphy

Connect with Sheila on LinkedIn:


A Dynamic Duo of Deborahs!

deborah mcmurray

CEO+Strategy Architect at Content Pilot

Email: deborah.mcmurray@contentpilot.com

Deborah McMurray is the founder, CEO and Strategy Architect of Content Pilot. Her vision has always been to elevate professional services organizations through smarter strategies, dazzling execution and a service ethic that starts with passion and ends with love and care.

What makes her unique

As a former head of two large law firm marketing departments, she brings a leader’s in-house perspective to every engagement with a professional services firm. Having conducted many hundreds of client interviews, she also bring the client’s voice to every design, content and technology assignment.

Her approach is strategy-first in everything she does. Her clients’ strategic vision and goals reign supreme, and she and her team are the standard-bearers and protectors of their clients’ vision and goals. With her her client’s strategy as the foundation, she and her team design for the firm five years from now – pushing clients to see greater possibilities than they might imagine today.

She has co-authored several books published by the American Bar Association Law Practice Management Division, with the latest being, “The Lawyer’s Guide to Marketing on the Internet, 4th edition.” She also wrote the 2nd and 3rd editions with co-author Greg Siskind.

The projects that she loves

Anything with strategy. Unearthing positioning strategy is a special talent and she is known for it. Working with her creative director and project managers on smart and beautiful design for websites and brands, crafting a new and elevating content strategy, and writing copy with heart that hits the intellectual and emotional mark – she love all of this — and her clients do too.

She is literally thrilled when she works with major law firms on their new proposal systems and experience management projects. Again starting with strategy, she and her team climb into the clients’ processes, understand their teams and their technologies and find ways to streamline, making them better, more productive and most efficient.

What makes her proud

She is proud of three decades of service to the legal marketing community, having held many local and national roles in the Legal Marketing Association. Deborah was inducted into the LMA Hall of Fame in 2008 and the College of Law Practice Management as a Fellow in 2007. She was delighted to be on the inaugural list of National Law Journal’s “2013 Top 50 Legal Business Trailblazers & Pioneers” and included in LawDragon’s Top 100 Legal Consultants for several years running.

Her charitable service is intensely meaningful, too. She is Board President of the Resource Center, the largest LGBT and HIV provider of services in North Texas. And she is also a long-time board member and advocate for the Dallas Theater Center.

deborah grabein

Chief Practice Group Integration Officer at Hunton Andrews Kurth

Work Email: dgrabein@hunton.com

Personal Email: dgrabein@gmail.com

Deborah Grabein is a seasoned strategic marketing, communications, and business development executive. I have over 25 years of experience in leadership, management, professional sales and marketing in the legal industry and have pioneered many marketing and business development initiatives. What drives me is the desire to learn, to be successful and to elevate others to do the same.

What makes her unique

A pioneering spirit and a keen desire to win. Opportunities and challenges inspire me. Tell me something cannot be done and I’ll find a way to do it. Tell me something should be better and I’ll make it happen. 

I’m a believer in a “rising tide raises all boats”, especially for women. The collective work of a team is far better when we have ideas and input from diverse experiences and capabilities.

Making a difference. Making an impact. That’s the legacy I want.

The projects that she loves

Anything involving learning. I’m a voracious reader, learner and student. Most of my younger years were spent in the local library reading, researching and pouring over anything the librarian thought I would enjoy. I had my own reading space in the librarian’s office where I could sit for hours reading, writing and thinking.

I thrive on change management, strategy and visioning. There is such an opportunity in today’s world to think differently about approaches to initiatives in work, community and even at home. And yes, I know that too much change is overwhelming and probably not always the smart way to approach a project. But, if we don’t look for the “new way of doing something,” we are doing ourselves and our clients a disservice.

Working smarter. Embracing technology and process. There are several major projects my team and I implemented in a law firm which enabled us to work smarter and more efficiently. Given the speed at which the world turns today, we need to consider every opportunity to think about systems to help us be more effective.

Opportunities to make a difference for all girls and women. My Mom’s journey to college began with women in her neighborhood collecting quarters and dimes to help her pay for tuition. Imagine the difference we can make if all of us thought about helping every girl and woman in her respective journey. I’ve been fortunate to create programs in several organizations to help lift women.

What makes her proud

Family. Profession. Community.

I’ve been married for 40 years and have two adult children who are married with children. My family has been such an advocate for me, especially when I was the VP of Communications for a start-up. My typical work week was 80+ hours and I traveled extensively. It was such an incredible experience to work in that environment, and I could not have done it without my family cheering me on.

I thought the best way to impact change was through politics and wanted to enter the political arena in D.C. However, fate choose otherwise and I landed in a law firm. I’ve spent most of my career in the legal profession and I am proud of the work I’ve done, the teams that I’ve built, and the successes that my teams and I created. I was fortunate to have terrific mentors who helped to open doors and guide me along the way.

Helping girls and women is paramount to the success of our businesses and communities. I’ve served as the Chair of the Women’s Business Alliance of the Greater Houston Partnership, currently serve on the Board of Family Houston and am the Chair of Development, and serve on the Advisory Committee of Girls Empowerment Network.


Deborah McMurray

& Deborah Grabein

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Peer Pod: Takin' It Easy with Mark Beese


Mark Beese

Leadership for Lawyers

Mark is President of Leadership for Lawyers, LLC, a consultancy focused on helping lawyers become better leaders and business developers. He provides training, coaching and consultation to firms in the areas of leadership development, business development and marketing with law firms across North America. His clients range from small, single office firms to global Amlaw 100 firms.

He provides training, coaching and consulting in the areas of leadership development, business development and innovation. He focused his work on helping firms adapt to the “new normal” by equipping firm and practice group managers with leadership skills, tools and direction. Often he works with managing partners, executive committee members, C-level executives and practice groups to improve their performance.

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Leadership for Lawyers

Mark is a former adjunct faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership, where he was primarily involved in the design and delivery of bespoke and open enrollment leadership development programs for professionals, including lawyers, accountants, consultants and executives. He focuses on issues of change leadership, team development, influence, cross-generation issues, collaboration, innovation and design thinking.

He is a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management. In 2014 he was inducted into the Legal Marketing Association Hall of Fame, one of only 25 leaders to have received this honor.

He is the former Chair of the Lawyer Leadership Committee of the American Bar Association, Law Practice Management Division. He is also a professional member of the International Leadership Association, the National Speakers Association, the Legal Marketing Association and the College of Law Practice Management.

Mark has more than 25 years experience as a chief marketing officer for professional services firms. He has served as Chief Marketing Officer for Holland & Hart, a 450-attorney law firm based in Denver, Director of Marketing for the New York law firm of Hodgson Russ and Director of Marketing for Kideney Architects in Buffalo, NY.

Mark is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Denver Sturm School of Law, where he teaches Strategic Marketing and Business Development. He is certified and trained to administer several assessments, including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), DiSC, the Change Style Instrument (CSI), Influence Style Indicator (ISI) and the Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI) among many other assessments and coaching tools.

Mark has received numerous awards including “Marketing Director of the Year” from the Marketing Partner Forum, the “IQ Award” for innovation by the Boulder County Business Report, five “Your Honor Awards” from the Legal Marketing Association, the PR Legal News Award and the ABA Law Practice Management Magazine Edge Award.

Mark received his B.S. and M.B.A. (cum laude) from the University of Buffalo. He is a former international board member of the Legal Marketing Association and past president of the Rocky Mountain Legal Marketing Association. He is a past chair of the Marketing Committee of Terralex, an international association of law firms in 93 countries. He served as a faculty member of the Marketing Directors Institute and is a frequent speaker at the Marketing Partner Forum and Legal Marketing Association conferences. He has spoken to dozens of LMA and ALA Chapters throughout the United States. He is a frequent contributor to law practice management publications.

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Eagle Scouts

As an Eagle Scout, Mark volunteers in the realm of International Scouting, promoting peace, sustainability and collaboration among the world’s 40 million Scouts. He leads expeditions to give Scouts opportunities to build relationships with people who have different cultural, religious and life experiences than them

He is the former chair of the Leadership Denver Alumni Association, and a past board member of the Denver Metro Chamber Foundation. Denver Business Journal named Mark as one of Denver’s 40 under Forty leaders.

Mark Beese, President

Leadership for Lawyers


Leadership for Lawyers                                                    

28843 Cedar Circle                                                                        

Evergreen, CO 80439 USA

Phone: (303) 913-8830   

Email: mark@leadershipforlawyers.com

Website: www.leadershipforlawyers.com                             

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/markbeese