Don’t Be Afraid to Be Uncomfortable

National Native American Bar AssociationTonight we will be interviewing Mary L. Smith, President of the National Native American Bar Association. She is a Special Counsel & Estate Trust Officer at the Office of Special Deputy Receiver in Chicago, Illinois where she helps manage over 23 entities with approximately $1.5 billion in assets.

Previously, she was General Counsel at the Illinois Department of Insurance and part of the senior management team. In this position, Ms. Smith oversaw the Legal Department and, in fiscal year 2013, oversaw the Market Conduct Section, one of the major regulatory functions of the Department of Insurance. Ms. Smith was responsible for coordinating the legal aspects of establishing a health care exchange in Illinois, developing plans for troubled companies, and leading major regulatory settlements that benefit Illinois consumers.

Ms. Smith has also served as Counselor in the Civil Division at the United States Department of Justice. In her work in the Civil Division, Ms. Smith focused on national security, consumer protection, constitutional issues, and legislative matters.  She has also spearheaded a reorganization and reinvigoration of the Consumer Protection Branch, which handles consumer litigation including matters involving international fraud schemes.

While in the private sector, Ms. Smith was a Partner in the Chicago office of Schoeman, Updike & Kaufman, a women-owned firm, and an attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Smith has worked at the highest levels of government including serving in the Clinton White House as Associate Counsel to the President and Associate Director of Policy Planning where she was responsible for a number of policy areas.

In addition to her legal activities, Ms. Smith served on the American Bar Association’s Board of Governors.

To hear our interview with Mary, join us LIVE tonight at 5:30 pm EST/2:30 pm PST by clicking here.


Do You Have a Book in You?

CEO and publishing consultant Stephanie Gunning

CEO and publishing consultant Stephanie Gunning

Do you think of yourself as a “writer”? An “author”? Or an “entrepreneur”? Chances are that you’ve never referred to yourself as the latter. But perhaps now is the time to start acting like one.

In this episode, CEO and publishing consultant Stephanie Gunning will address issues about how to become a successful author in an age where books are no longer just described as hardbound or paperback. She will also discuss ways on how attorneys and business people can benefit from writing books.

Aside from being a highly regarded publishing consultant  and editor, Stephanie Gunning is a 28-year veteran of the publishing industry. She is also the CEO of her own book packaging company, Lincoln Square Books. Stephanie began her career working for HarperCollins Publishers and Bantam Dell. She then switched “teams” and became a ghostwriter and book proposal coach. She is co-writer behind the scenes of 30 or so books published by major publishing firms. Her clients have included New York Times bestselling authors, literary agents, publishing companies, and numerous independently publishing writers.

Stephanie is ahead of the curve when it comes to succeeding in the new digital publishing environment. But most importantly, she loves working with entrepreneurs and experts on writing their books and on making them marketable!

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Listening to Your Soul for Success


Jennifer Urezzio, Founder and Spiritual Director of Soul Language

What if you had a true partner on your journey toward success?  Someone who would be there to guide you, forewarn you of trouble, and make sure that you’re on the right track? Well . . . you DO.  It’s your Soul!

As lawyers, we have learned to value our minds and logic, and largely have stopped paying attention to (or at least valuing) our Souls. Failing to connect with out spiritual side can lead to unnecessary suffering and lack of fulfillment.  In tonight’s Blog Talk Radio episode, Jennifer Urezzio, Founder and Spiritual Director of Soul Language, will help lawyers become more integrated by teaching us how to listen to our Soul, and achieve greater success in doing so.

Jennifer specializes in helping people connect – to themselves, to each other, and to the Divine. She founded a new paradigm, Soul Language, which provides guidance for understanding our true nature and tools for accessing deeper levels of awareness. This new insight into how the Soul expresses itself is helping people recognize their purpose and live from a place of power and truth.

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How to Set & Achieve Your Goals

Jose Albino, Certified Life Coach

Jose Albino, Certified Life Coach

It’s 2 weeks into the New Year . . .  have you given up on your New Year’s Resolutions?  If so, you’ll want to tune in to tonight’s radio show!

What is the key to setting goals that you can actually achieve? In this episode, Certified Life and Empowerment Coach José Albino will address some strategies and techniques that lawyers can implement to accomplish the goals they want to outline for themselves, both short and long term.  Conversely, the conversation will address the reasons why individuals DO NOT reach the goals that they map out for themselves and how they can increase their chances for success.

In addition to being a Coach, José is a trained psychotherapist.  He fuses modalities and techniques from both disciplines to empower individuals to strengthen their courage and confidence in order facilitate concrete and sustainable shifts in their lives.  He also serves as a consultant for Esquire Coaching.  He received his B.A. in Psychology from the University at Albany, M.A. in Counseling from The George Washington University and certifications from The Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching and NYU School of Social Work.

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