Women in Business

Wonder Woman in Business, Patricia K. Gillette, Esq.

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Patricia K. Gillette, Esq.

Pat Gillette is one of the country’s leading experts and most sought-after speakers on gender diversity and equality.  She speaks regularly at law firm retreats, conferences, ABA meetings, State Bar meetings and industry events. 

For  most of the 40 years over which Pat practiced law, she was rated as a top employment litigator and trial lawyer by Chambers and other organizations and was a leader and rainmaker in her firms, At the end of 2015 she resigned as a partner at Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe, LLP to pursue her passion for empowering women through keynote speaking and writing.  She was also invited to join JAMS to mediate employment cases and now has a successful mediation practice. 

Pat’s newest book, ”Rainmakers:  Born or Bred” is filled with practical tactics and strategies that can be easily implemented to enhance business development skills and books of business.  The book highlights the nationally acclaimed Rainmaker Study and includes helpful tips from rainmakers and clients across the country. This groundbreaking study, coupled with Ms. Gillette’s insights from her own experiences, brings a fresh perspective and approach to business development.

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Rainmakers: Born or Bred

Stripping back the negative associations many lawyers have with the ‘S’ word – selling – is a crucial step in redefining a lawyers approach to business development. This book explores the benefits to stepping out of the safety net of simply being a great lawyer – which, in today’s market, is a given. Successful rainmakers know how to truly engage with clients, to understand their business needs and challenges, and how to make their lives easier. These are the skills that attract and build sustainable, rewarding client relationships.

Rainmakers: Born or Bred helps you to identify those seemingly intangible aspects of selling that many lawyers think are unachievable, and provides you with practical ideas to implement as you set out on your journey to improve your business development skills. Packed with opinions and advice from actual clients and rainmakers alike, it will help you to make the most of the business development opportunities that present themselves every day – while staying true to your own personality.

Pat has been widely recognized for her work to advance women in the profession. Most recently, she was chosen as the 2018 recipient of the ABA Margaret Brent Award, the highest honor given to women lawyers for professional achievements and advancing the interests of women in the profession.  She has also received the ABA Golden Hammer Award, the California Women Lawyers Association’s Fay Stender Award, the Transformational Leadership Award as one of the Top Women Rainmakers, and the Barristers Association of San Francisco Award of Merit. 

Pat is the co-founder of the Opt-In Project, a nationwide initiative focused on changing the structure of law firms to increase the retention and advancement of women. Her team at the 2016 Diversity Lab Hackathon created the Mansfield Rule, requiring that 30% of all candidates for leadership positions be women or minorities.  The Mansfield Rule has been adopted by over 60 firms nationwide and is increasing the visibility and pipeline of women and minorities for leadership positions in firms and organizations.

Pat has been a Commissioner on the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, a member of ABA’s Gender Equity Task Force, Co-Chair of the BASF No Glass Ceiling Initiative, a member of the National Women Lawyers Association Board and Foundation, and she serves on several non-profit boards dedicated to protecting and promoting women, including Equal Rights Advocates and DirectWomen,

Pat is the proud mother of two successful and enlightened sons and lives in Kensington, California with her husband of 40+ years.  She was an elected official in her town and is active in political and community organizations and activities. We had a fantastic and quite robust conversation on our recent podcast. Enjoy the conversation here…

Patricia K. Gillette, Esq.

Pat is available for engagements ranging from Keynote Addresses to Boardroom Consultations. She has delivered talks to premiere institutions and organizations throughout the country.  

To Connect with Pat:

Visit Pat’s website: patriciagillette.com
Visit Pat’s LinkedIn page: in/patriciagillette



A Most Dynamic Guest, "Go-Giver Influencer" author, Bob Burg

Through his dynamic Endless Referrals system, Genuine Influence and Go-Giver principles, Bob Burg teaches business professionals how to leverage their network of everyday contacts into a never ending stream of new prospects.

In their bestselling business parable, The Go-Giver and then their follow-up, The Go-Giver Leader, Bob Burg and John David Mann challenged the conventional wisdom about success. Now they’re back with a new and equally compelling story about the power of genuine influence, in business and beyond.

The Go-Giver Influencer: A Little Story about a Most Persuasive Idea tackles the paradox of achieving what you want by focusing on the other person’s interests. No, not in a way that is self-sacrificial but rather in such a way that all parties benefit greatly. This results in both immediate and long-term success.

Bob Burg speaks all over the world on topics related to The Go-Giver, as well as what he calls, Genuine Influence. While his total book sales number well over a million copies, his and Mann’s original book has itself sold over 850,000 copies and has spurred an international movement. Their new book, however, The Go-Giver Influencer, might just be their most important book of all.
 

I thoroughly enjoyed this podcast with Bob. We talked about what is really influence is. Is persuasion some sort of clever manipulation or mind game you’re playing with others in order to get what you want? Bob, took me through some of the Five Secrets of Genuine Influence:

1. Mastering Your Emotions. 

2. Stepping into the Other Person’s Shoes. 

3. Setting the Frame. 

4. Communicating with Tact and Empathy.

5. Letting Go of Having to be Right.

Bob shares information on topics vital to the success of today’s businessperson. He speaks for corporations and associations internationally, including fortune 500 companies, franchises, and numerous direct sales organizations.

Bob regularly addresses audiences ranging in size from 50 to 16,000 — sharing the platform with notables including today’s top thought leaders, broadcast personalities, Olympic athletes and political leaders including a former United States President.

Although for years he was best known for his book Endless Referrals, over the past few years it’s his business parable, The Go-Giver (coauthored with John David Mann) that has captured the imagination of his readers.

The Go-Giver, a Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek Bestseller, has sold over 850,000 copies. Since its release it has consistently stayed in the Top 25 on 800ceoread’s Business Book Bestsellers List. The book has been translated into 22 languages. It was rated #10 on Inc. Magazine’s list of the Most Motivational Books Ever Written, and was on HubSpot’s 20 Most Highly Rated Sales Books of All Time.

Bob is the author of a number of books on sales, marketing and influence, with total book sales of well over a million copies.

The American Management Association named Bob one of the 30 Most Influential Leaders and he was named one of the Top 200 Most Influential Authors in the World by Richtopia.

Bob Burg, Go-Giver Influencer

Go-Giver Influencer






Wonder Women in Business Erinn Ford, President of KMS Financial Services

Erinn Ford,   President of KMS Financial Services, Inc. ("KMS"), a Seattle-based independent advisory and brokerage ("IAB") firm supporting 350 financial advisors.

Erinn Ford, President of KMS Financial Services, Inc. ("KMS"), a Seattle-based independent advisory and brokerage ("IAB") firm supporting 350 financial advisors.

About Erinn Ford

Erinn Ford, President of KMS Financial Services, is a 27-year financial advice industry veteran who’s focused her career on aligning the strategies, solutions, and tools that financial advisors need to help clients reach their life goals.

Erinn has helped to launch multiple next-generation advisor mentoring programs, as well as scholarship and hiring campaigns that support the career development of women and other minorities across the financial advice profession. Most recently, this includes the launch of the Erinn Ford Leadership Scholarship to benefit female undergraduates at the University of Washington who are interested in pursuing a career in the financial industry.

Erinn is the recipient of a number of industry awards and recognition, including being named as one of the “Ten to Watch” on a list of industry leaders published annually by WealthManagement magazine. She lives in the Seattle area with her husband and two daughters.

Erinn and I had a very nice chat about her background, education, community involvement and the most important moments in her life — personal and professional. Erinn is authentic and delightful. She shared with me about her proudest professional accomplishments and who her most inspiring mentor is.

We clearly share a lot of the same philosophies about lifting women in business and I thoroughly enjoyed our podcast. You will too, I am sure!

Erinn Ford, President of KMS Financial Services

Contact Erinn Ford

Erinn Ford

President

KMS Financial Services, Inc.

2001 Sixth Avenue, Suite 2801

Seattle, WA 98121

(206) 441-2885 ext. 253

www.kms.com

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