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Milana Hogan

Chief Legal Recruiting & Professional Development Officer
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
New York, NY

Milana Hogan is the Chief Legal Recruiting & Professional Development Officer at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, where she oversees all of the firm’s professional development programming, including the formal assignment systems, partner and associate mentoring programs, upward and downward attorney performance evaluations, and all formal training and CLE programs. In addition, she oversees all aspects of the firm’s world-wide recruiting efforts. Prior to joining Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in 2006, Milana worked in the New York office of Dickstein Shapiro LLP, and before that in the New York office of Milberg LLP. Milana is an active member and frequent presenter at NALP and currently sits on the board of the Professional Development Consortium. She also serves as a liaison to the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession and she is the Co-Chair of the ABA’s Grit Project.

Milana received her B.A. in Political Science from Brown University and she holds a Doctor of Education from the University of Pennsylvania.  Her dissertation explored the non-cognitive traits, like grit and a growth mindset, that impact success in the workplace. Milana lives in New York City with her husband, Phil, and their three children, Holly (4), Casey (2), and Charlie (6 months).

Recent Articles, Presentations and Publications:


  • “Using Grit and a Growth Mindset to Overcome Challenges in the Practice of Law,” Women’s Power Summit on Law and Leadership, Center for Women in the Law, University of Texas School of Law, Austin, TX (April, 2015)
  • “The Grit Project: Using Grit and Growth Mindset to Advance Women in the Law,” NALP Annual Conference, Chicago, IL (April, 2015)
  • “The Grit Project,” The Executives’ Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL (January, 2015)
  • “Building Resilient Teams,” PDI Conference, Washington, DC (December 2014)
  • "The Secret of Success for Women Lawyers,” Keynote Speaker at the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession’s Annual Retreat, Hershey, PA (November, 2014)
  • “The Grit Project,” Temple University Beasley School of Law, Philadelphia, PA (October, 2014)
  • “Grit at Gilbane,” Gilbane Building Company Inaugural Women’s Forum, New York, NY (September, 2014)
  • “Penn Chief Learning Officer Mentor Chat – Work/Life Integration,” PennCLO Webinar (August, 2014)
  • “True Grit and a Growth Mindset: The Secrets of Success For Women Lawyers,” ABA Annual Conference, Boston, MA (August, 2014)
  • “Diversity and Flexibility Alliance's Signature Seminar Series: Mindset, Grit & Resilience,” Diversity and Flexibility Alliance Webinar (July, 2014)
  • “True Grit and a Growth Mindset,” ABA Commission on Women in the Profession Webinar (June, 2014)
  • “The Grit Toolkit,” Monthly Meeting of the Bar Association of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA (June, 2014)
  •  “Associate Performance Reviews: Creating Meaning and Impact in a Professional Development Context,” NALP Annual Conference, Seattle, WA (April, 2014)

Recent Articles/Presentations:

  • “How to Make Sure That Your Employees Don’t Quit Before They Quit: Working Grit and Growth Mindset Into Performance Evaluations” Chief Learning Officer Magazine (August, 2014)
  • “Mentoring vs. Coaching: Is There Really a Difference?” Chief Learning Officer Magazine (July, 2014)
  • “Grit and Mindset: Implications for Female Lawyers,” Women Lawyers Journal, Vol. 98, No. 3 (March, 2014)

About Milana:

What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done (professionally or personally)?

Successfully attempted to earn my doctorate in education while simultaneously working full time and having two children!

Three publications I’d recommend for anyone who does what I do:

The American Lawyer, The McKinsey Quarterly, and The Harvard Business Review

What’s the best book you’ve read in the last year?

The Goldfinch (hands down!)

What you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?

Win the New York City Marathon

Favorite guilty pleasure

French fries!