In Part 3 of our “Why Mentoring Matters” series, two partners from leading law firms share their personal journeys and how mentoring or being mentored has played an important and positive role in their careers.
Debra Fischer, Labor and Employment Partner at Morgan Lewis & Bockius, explains how her lack of a female mentor as a young lawyer inspired her to become a mentor to others, especially women. She says she had no role model to guide her when she returned from maternity leave at another company in the 1990s. That, and her discovery that she had been excluded from meetings with male partners, forced her to create her own style of mentoring and networking with other lawyers and clients.
And Helam Gebremariam, Cravath, Swaine & Moore’s first black female partner, talks about her experience being mentored by trial attorney Evan Chesler, who grew up “a son of the Bronx.” As the daughter of Ethiopian immigrants, a first-generation student and a first-generation lawyer, she says she found common ground with her mentor, also a first-generation lawyer, who helped her feel like she belonged in the firm.
Click on the names of the attorneys below to read their stories about how being a mentor, or receiving this type of coaching or advice, has played a significant role in their lives and careers.
Then join us next week for our fourth episode of “Why Mentoring Matters”.