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Linda Mercurio

Washington, D.C.
Attorney Career & Executive Coach

Starting at: $250/hr

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As a lawyer, trainer, coach, and consultant, I'm uniquely qualified to help attorneys explore and develop their careers. By creating a warm, inviting space and listening to my clients' needs, my customized approach quickly elicits solutions and strategies. I use a variety of assessment tools to obtain feedback for goal setting and to evaluate the effectiveness of changes implemented. I spent 8 years as the founding executive director, lead instructor and professional coach of the highly regarded Lawyer Reentry Program at American University Washington College of Law -- Building on that experience, I founded The Relaunching Attorney Platform, an online program that supports attorneys looking to reenter paid professional life after a career break or transition. I'm also an adjunct professor of women and gender studies and political science at William Paterson University, teaching Women & the Law and Women & Political Leadership.

Education/Certifications: JD from Brooklyn Law School, BA in Political Science from Montclair State University, Bar Admissions: New York and New Jersey

Types Of Clients: Career relaunching or transitioning attorneys as well as emerging, practicing, and perfecting attorney leaders.

Favorite Part About My Job: Witnessing talented, high-achieving and accomplished women remembering and reconnecting with their talented, high-achieving and accomplished selves as they regain confidence and reenter the workforce.

Steadfast Do's and Don'ts: Do's: Know you are already enough; then, grow from there. Be gentle with yourself, especially in your self-talk. Live in your integrity and stand ready to accept the consequences of your choices. Don'ts: Don’t confuse job/title/role/position with self-worth. Don’t compromise your values. Don’t stop learning.

Most important qualities of a good leader: Self-awareness, exceptional listening skill; ability to motivate a team with tact and caring; vision; integrity; and kindness.

My Advice for women starting their careers: Allow yourself the time and space to grow as a professional. Make mistakes, make amends as needed, and move on. Absorb as much as you can. Find role models. Accept your limitations. Claim your unique history and backstory; be proud of it. Build and nurture a genuine network. Spend time with other women; support one another.

Advice I wish I'd had (or had followed): Women leaders often follow a labyrinth to leadership as opposed to a linear, lock-step path.

Quote I live By: "Do not let making a living prevent you from making a life." -John Wooden

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