Ellen Ostrow, Ph.D., PCC, CMC
Ellen Ostrow, Ph.D., PCC, CMC is a strategic talent advisor, psychologist, certified coach and Founding Principal of Lawyers Life Coach LLC. Since starting her firm in 1998, Ellen has coached many hundreds of attorneys throughout the world at all levels of experience and seniority in law firms, corporate legal departments, government, not-for-profits and the judiciary. She provides executive coaching to attorneys in areas related to leadership development and effectiveness, communication and emotional intelligence, career planning and advancement, and business development.
Ellen consults with practice groups, law firms and corporate legal departments on strategic talent management and retention. She has advised the legal departments of Fortune 500 companies regarding optimizing attorney-client communication and collaboration, diversity and inclusion, effective management and supervision, developing mentoring programs and retaining and developing diverse talent. Her consultation with a law firm to become a more diverse and inclusive workplace has resulted in that firm becoming one of the most honored firms for its diversity accomplishments. In addition, Ellen works with a consulting team engaged by a judicial system to develop “A Great Place to Work.” In this capacity she conducts leadership development training, team building and provides leadership development coaching to court leaders including judges.
Ellen is particularly known for her expertise on the challenges faced by women in the profession and has been invited to address numerous audiences – including the Department of Justice Canada, the Center for Legal Inclusiveness, Harvard Law School’s Women’s Leadership Summit, the Center for Women in the Law, the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law’s Women Leadership & Equality Program and bar and women attorney’s groups on the national and local level throughout the US and Europe – on strategies for advancing women attorneys.
Ellen has also been selected as the exclusive Women In Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF)-endorsed leadership development coach.
Ellen’s deep understanding of the complexities of human behavior, motivation, emotion and learning, derived from both her training in psychology and 30+ years of experience working with individuals and organizations to facilitate change, combined with almost 20 years of working exclusively with attorneys and their employers, provides Ellen with a unique skill set among lawyer coaches and consultants. She knows the challenges attorneys face, grasps their personality styles and comprehends their work environments. She works from an evidence-based model of change (Acceptance and Commitment Training) that emphasizes the development of psychological flexibility: the capacity to be present and aware, in any given context, and to flexibly choose to act in a manner that will be optimally effective, authentic and aligned with values. Her coaching clients also appreciate her calm, warm, empathic style and her strengths-focused approach.
A frequent contributing writer for print and electronic legal media, Ellen’s articles have been published in the New York Law Journal Magazine, Perspectives, The Woman Advocate, NAWL’s The Women Lawyers’ Journal, GP Small/Solo, Trial Magazine, Lawyers Weekly USA, the Talent Think Tank Blog and many other prominent legal publications. The New York Times, the Washington Post, US News & World Report, the Legal Times, Of Counsel, Law 360 and the Careerist have quoted Ellen and her email newsletter, Beyond the Billable Hour, has been reprinted by more than 30 print and electronic publications and translated into multiple languages.
Ellen is Co-Chair of the Board of the ThirdPath Institute, on the Board of WILEF and a member of the Center for Women in the Law’s Consortium. She serves as a facilitator and coach for the On-Ramp Fellowship and an advisor to the Women in Law Hackathon. She has served on the District of Columbia Bar Association’s Lawyers’ Assistance Program Advisory Board (2007-2013), the 2011 Women’s Power Summit on Law & Leadership Advisory Board, The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession’s Women in Law Leadership Academy faculty (2004-2006) the ABA Women Rainmakers’ Board (2012-2013), and the UC Hastings Leadership Academy for Women Lawyers faculty (2014).
Ellen received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Rochester and her coach training from the MentorCoach ™ program, for which she has also taught. She served on the faculties of three universities before starting her independent practice.
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