Planning is a Big Deal—Especially for Women

I have been a planner all my life.  I make lists, cross out what I have accomplished, highlight in yellow what is really important, and rejoice when everything is crossed off the list—-until the next day when the list starts anew.  I believe in planning ahead and being super organized, as anyone who has read the Best Friends at the Bar books knows.

Throughout the time that I practiced law, I made a list at the end of each day and put it prominently on my desk to greet me the next morning.  Over coffee, I reviewed the list, made priorities for the day and adjusted the list as needed.  It was a good plan, and it worked for me.  I had a personal relationship with my list.  No one came between me and my list.

But, recently, planning has taken on a whole new meaning for me.  I now am planning my daughter’s wedding and a Book Launch Event at the same time.  My fear—the thing that keeps me up at night and is not affected in the least by Ambien—is that I will end up with a book sales table at the wedding and a ring bearer at the book launch!  You laugh…  I am totally capable of that in my current state of mind.  To boot, a man just came to my front door with a load of mulch that I know nothing about!  A BIG load of mulch.

The wedding is a way off and nothing can be done about the mulch man, but the Book Launch Event is right around the corner and you should know about it.  On September 27, 2012 from 6 to 8 PM, Georgetown Law will host an event to celebrate my new book, Best Friends at the Bar:  The New Balance for Today’s Woman Lawyer (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business) that was released in July.  The event partner is GlobalWIN (Global Women’s Innovation Network) and the event co-sponsors are Ms. JD and the following law firms to date:  Polsinelli Shughart; Lerch Early; DLA Piper; Cooley; Womble Carlyle; and Walsh Colucci.   As you might expect, I am both delighted and humbled by the enthusiasm for and participation in this event.  I am particularly grateful to Georgetown Law for its generosity in hosting.  We are expecting some special guests, and this is an event that you will not want to miss.

The Book Launch Event is filling up fast, so get on board soon.  If you did not get an invitation, please e-mail my publicist at [email protected] to have an invitation sent to you, and do not forget to RSVP per the instructions at the bottom of the invitation.

If you have never been to the Atrium on the 5th Floor of the Edward Bennett Williams Library at Georgetown Law, you are in for a treat.  It is a beautiful space, and I can tell you that there was nothing like it when I attended Georgetown Law.  I remember a starkly simple single cube of a building that was know as Georgetown Law in my day.  My class was one of the first with a high percentage of women, and finding a woman’s bathroom in those days was harder than passing Income Tax.  The school could have raffled off “First In Line” passes to the women’s bathrooms and made a fortune!

Hope you will join us on September 27th.  You will be in good company, and you will be supporting the mission of Best Friends at the Bar—-raising retention rates for women lawyers and increasing diversity in the profession.

See you there!

BTW, my plan for tomorrow is……………….oh, you really do not want to know!

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