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recently hosted another successful event for Aspire, facilitated by Sophie Gould. This quarterly event regularly attracts between 40-50 junior in-house lawyers, with new members joining all the time.
The icebreaker session was hosted by Chris White from Aspiring Solicitors. Chris set up the organisation to provide help for students from underrepresented groups
that wanted to enter the legal profession. Through personal experience, he has seen how resistant the legal profession can be at embracing diverse backgrounds.
Members were split into small groups and each tasked with discussing a workplace scenario such as inappropriate derogatory comments being overheard in their company’s canteen. The debates throughout the groups were lively, with many stating how
helpful it was to discuss in a group the best way to deal with them.
The Aspire program also provides insight and training to help develop and build commercial skills. So for our next session the group heard from Dom Lynch, Head of Sales and Karen Waldron, Product Development Director at LexisNexis, who shared how they
work with in-house lawyers and gave tips as to how members could demonstrate commercial acumen within their respective businesses.
Danielle from our Aspire Advisory Board shared her experience of why she joined the Aspire group and top tips for success. The final session of the day launched the latest training program focusing on how to communicate creatively with business colleagues.
After a wrap-up of the afternoon’s sessions, the group stayed for some networking over drinks. Feedback from the event was very positive with one member saying "Excellent session on diversity, lots of issues that I have never considered were discussed.
Networking event is, as ever invaluable."
The next Aspire group will be held on 14 October. Find out more information about Aspire, including how to become a member here.
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