JJill Lynch Cruz, Ph.D., offers customized presentations aimed at helping empower women attorneys and leaders in their careers. Dr. Cruz is also a nationally recognized presenter and keynote speaker on Latina lawyers and leaders.
Presentations can be conducted in person or virtually.
AUTHENTIC LEADERSHIP FOR WOMEN LAWYERS
Do you show up as your "true" self at work, or do you often feel you have to adopt a different persona or style to comply with others' expectations of you as a leader? Leading with authenticity is essential to achieving your full power and potential as a leader. Yet, this can be tricky to navigate, especially for women who feel they aren't always or easily accepted as leaders within their largely male-dominated cultures.
This presentation will facilitate an interactive discussion to help participants understand the key challenges and best practices for women's authentic leadership so they can realize their full power and potential.
BRINGING YOUR AUTHENTIC SELF TO WORK
Do you show up as your "true" self at work, or is there a difference between your authentic self and the version you show others? The truth is, many of us don't bring our whole and authentic selves to work because we feel that if others (really) knew us, they might not accept us for who we really are. As a result, we wear "masks" of perfectionism, proving, performing, pleasing, and other self-limiting behaviors to protect us from feeling vulnerable to judgment by others. While these masks may protect us from our fear of being rejected and disconnected, ironically, they get in the way of our ability to connect with others more meaningfully.
This presentation helps participants identify and counteract the self-limiting behaviors and negative mindsets that hold them back from showing up as their authentic selves at work.
CAREER SELF-ADVOCACY: GET MORE OF WHAT YOU WANT & DESERVE
Many attorneys and leaders, especially women, often settle for less than they should in their careers because they don't ask for what they want and deserve. As a result, many experience fewer opportunities, promotions, and lower pay. However, the ability to effectively advocate for yourself is a critical skill that can advance your career and benefit your relationships with others.
This presentation will provide participants with critical insights and practical skills to better advocate for themselves and get more of what they want and deserve in their lives and careers.
DEVELOPING AND MARKETING YOUR PERSONAL BRAND
Does your professional reputation reflect how you want to be perceived by others? Do you attract the type of opportunities you value most? If less than optimal, perhaps your brand isn't working for you as effectively as it should in communicating how you are unique and valuable to your target audience. Whether this is directed at an external client or an internal stakeholder, identifying and articulating your distinctive qualities is essential to achieving long-term career success and advancement.
This presentation will help participants identify their unique value proposition and learn how to leverage their brand more strategically and effectively.
ENHANCING EXECUTIVE PRESENCE: WHAT MATTERS AND WHAT GETS IN THE WAY
Executive presence is how others see, connect, and trust you as a leader, whether in your firm, organization, or public interest organization. It's not necessarily an indication of your true capabilities, but people make snap judgments about your competence, confidence, credibility, and trustworthiness based on how you look, communicate, and act.
This presentation will give participants insights into how enhancing their executive presence can improve their leadership advancement and effectiveness. Attendees will learn the characteristics and behaviors that matter most in conveying confidence and power with others and what gets in the way.
NEGOTIATING COMPENSATION EFFECTIVELY FOR LATINA LAWYERS & LEADERS
Are you paid what you're worth? If you are a Latina attorney or leader, chances are you aren't. Latina lawyers and leaders face the most significant wage gap among women - even within the highest-paid occupations, including the legal profession.
This presentation will highlight some of the critical issues Latina lawyers and executives encounter in their careers that impact their compensation, as well as essential insights and practical skills to enhance your effectiveness in advocating and negotiating for yourself in these decisions.
OVERCOMING IMPOSTER SYNDROME
Many highly accomplished attorneys and leaders share a surprising secret – they don't feel nearly as competent and talented as others think they are. This nagging feeling of being found out as not "good enough" compels many to develop negative coping strategies that undermine their career success and satisfaction.
We are all susceptible to experiencing impostor syndrome, especially women and other minorities who inhabit predominantly white-and male-dominated workplaces. As such, women of color may be particularly vulnerable due to ingrained systemic bias and racism that reinforce their sense that they are "impostors" and, therefore, don't belong.
This interactive program helps participants identify how "imposter syndrome" may be showing up in their lives and careers and how to let it go.
PROFESSIONAL COACHING: THE SECRET INGREDIENT TO YOUR CAREER SUCCESS
When it comes to realizing authentic career success and satisfaction, many attorneys and leaders feel hindered by barriers they may not fully understand or know how to navigate as effectively as they should.
This presentation will demonstrate how participants' lives and careers can benefit from working with a certified professional coach to become more self-aware, intentional, confident, and empowered. It will also highlight how the coaching process works and can be a powerful tool for sustainable change.
WORK SMARTER, NOT HARDER
One of the critical goals for most attorneys and leaders is enhancing their overall productivity. This is especially true with the trend toward remote working. How can we develop better behaviors and habits to accomplish our key goals and priorities without working longer and harder?
This presentation advances research-based insights into how our brains work best to improve productivity and habit formation to help participants achieve more with less effort.