Amy Goldsmith | How Mentoring Programs Can Drive Culture Development and Talent Retention

Amy GoldsmithAmy Goldsmith is Partner at Tarter Krinsky & Drogin and Chair of their Privacy and Cybersecurity Group. In these roles, Amy guides clients through the legal aspects of building recognizable brands, developing desirable products and services, and devising strategic IP plans to mitigate risk.

Amy has served as the Vice President of the New York Women’s Bar Association and currently co-manages its continuing legal education programs. She also teaches CLE programs for Lawline. Additionally, Amy is part of the American Bar Association and the International Trademark Association (INTA) and is on the board of directors of Savvy Ladies, a nonprofit whose mission is to educate women to be financially savvy. Previously, Amy was a speaker at TEDxTimesSquare and served on its advisory board.

A committed mentor to both attorneys and business owners, Amy launched Tarter Krinsky & Drogin’s mentoring program over five years ago. As the firm grows exponentially over the years, the mentorship program gives new associates the skills and coaching needed to succeed. The program not only aids associates, but it also builds culture, helps the firm retain top talent, and gives everyone the opportunity to move up the career ladder.

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn: 

  • Amy Goldsmith shares how Tarter Krinsky & Drogin’s Privacy and Cybersecurity Group was formed
  • How Amy switched practice areas and educated herself to thrive in a new position
  • What motivated Amy to start a mentoring program, and how does it empower new associates to succeed?
  • How mentorship programs can help you retain talent and build culture
  • Amy compares formal mentorship programs with organically grown mentoring relationships
  • How can the legal profession increase the number of women and diverse individuals in leadership positions?
  • Why active listening is a critical skill for building relationships with colleagues and clients

In this episode…

A key driver of growth and productivity, formal mentorship programs can be instrumental to the success of new associates on your team. As your firm grows, it’s easy for these associates to get lost in the onboarding process. But mentorship programs can help team members gain the information and skills necessary to thrive in the workplace, grow in their practice, and reach new opportunities.  

However, as Amy Goldsmith points out, mentorship programs aren’t just beneficial to new hires. On the mentor side, leaders have the opportunity to get to know new associates and foster valuable professional relationships. For the firm as a whole, mentorship programs help build a strong culture by providing space for feedback, concerns, and new ideas. They are also crucial for retaining top talent and developing the next wave of leadership for your organization.

In this episode of The Lawyer’s Edge Podcast, Elise Holtzman sits down with Amy Goldsmith, Partner at Tarter Krinsky & Drogin and Chair of their Privacy and Cybersecurity Group. Together, they talk about the benefits of mentorship programs for both new associates and firm leaders, how current partners can increase diversity in leadership, and the importance of active listening with colleagues and clients.     

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