“A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you.” — Bob Proctor
Testimonial From an Experienced Solo Practitioner: I wanted to offer a testimonial to the value of the Energy Bar Association's newly launched Mentorship Program. The program is staffed with a diverse list of industry luminaries who have had careers that most of us dream of - and yet they are all willing to share their valuable time and considerable knowledge to help others find their way. I spoke with one mentor, someone I have long admired. In a twenty minute session, my mentor provided me with at least five ideas as I move my career in a different direction.
Although we typically think of mentors as offering guidance to new attorneys, the EBA mentorship program offers value at any stage of a career. I have run a successful law practice in energy for many years and built a solid reputation, but rather than rest on my laurels, I am eager for new challenges-- which is where a mentor's vision and guidance is important. Thank you EBA for providing this valuable service and to the EBA mentors for contributing their time and expertise.
The Energy Bar Association (“EBA”) is dedicated to promoting excellence in the practice of energy law. Consistent with that objective, EBA is facilitating opportunities for members to network in order to build relationships and share knowledge and experiences. The EBA Mentorship Program was established to promote this objective. EBA appreciates the willingness of its members to assist each other in the development of their professional careers and active engagement in EBA opportunities.
The EBA Masters Council is a group of experienced EBA members committed to mentoring EBA members who are beginning their legal careers or considering a mid-career change. The Council is responding to the radical changes in EBA programming due to COVID-19 restrictions by offering a virtual mentoring program.
Mentoring - whether formal or informal - is a vital part of nearly every successful legal career. Learning from the experiences of those who have navigated the complexities of a career in energy law such as growing client relationships, transitioning from a firm to in-house or government positions and vice versa, or being the “first” woman or person of color to hold a particular position provides important perspective and insight that can help you find the best path for your own career. Mentoring is also well-recognized as key to creating a more diverse and inclusive workplace and community.
The Council hopes that “going virtual” will make EBA’s mentoring program more accessible to EBA members nationwide during this difficult time. If you could use some insights into energy law career options and professional development, or just need a “second opinion” on your career path, please feel free to contact any one of the volunteer mentors.
Reach out to volunteer mentor today and begin a relationship that is likely to be one of the most important in your career!
Testimonial From a Mid-Career In-house Counsel: Although COVID presented a new set of challenges, the EBA Mentoring Program proved to be a success. The mentors were readily accessible and eager to share their knowledge and experience about their respective careers. I’m looking forward to maintaining connections with my mentors beyond the duration of the program.
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