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Firm Partners with Akina to Conduct the 2012 Business Development Coaching Program

August 20, 2012

In June, Godfrey & Kahn kicked off its sixth year of hosting the Akina Business Development Coaching Program, an intensive training program offered to senior associates to provide them the skills and strategies that will allow them to succeed in their business development activities. The curriculum is designed to encourage attorneys to identify solid opportunities for new business and to focus their efforts on developing relationships that will help them achieve greater success both internally and externally. The members of the 2012 Akina class are: Robyn Arnold, Jeff Billings, John McDonald, Laura Meronk, Tom O'Day, Andy Oettinger, Jed Roher, Sven Skillrud, and Tricia Wheeler.

This year's program is condensed into six weeks, creating an intense learning opportunity for the nine participants. This accelerated format, as well as the size of this year's class, called for two trainers. We welcome back Tracy LaLonde, a partner at Akina, who started working with our attorneys in 2011. Tasneem Goodman, also a partner at Akina, has joined Tracy. Tasneem has more than 10 years of experience in the legal industry, having worked as an attorney and also the Director of Business Development at a large Chicago law firm.

In addition to two highly interactive group workshops, the participants meet with their coach four times for personalized one-on-one coaching sessions. This allows for the training to be tailored to meet the needs and capitalize on the skill set of each individual attorney, while the large group setting helps them learn from one another and leverage other internal relationships.

At the end of the program, participants will be able to recognize their greatest strengths and will have opportunities to begin building their network and legal practice. A personal marketing plan, coupled with continued support from members of Godfrey & Kahn's Marketing Department, will allow them to stay on course and continue to track their progress and successes. Past participants agree they have learned skills they continue to use well beyond their completion of the program.

Members of Godfrey & Kahn's Marketing Department are very familiar with Akina's methods and will provide further resources and assistance to all participants as they work to accomplish their goals and set new milestones.

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