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PDC Webinar: Mentorship that Matters: A Cutting-Edge Program Designed to Maximize Attorney Engagement, Performance, and Well-Being

November 7, 2023

1-2pm EST

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In this program, we will reimagine law firm mentorship and what it could mean for the legal profession, including the impact of a robust mentorship program on: (1) professional development; (2) retention; (3) engagement; (4) performance; (5) business development; and well-being. In addition, we will explore how firms can move beyond cookie-cutter program models to maximize the impact and effectiveness of their mentorship, including through behavioral science-based trainings designed to equip mentors with the core skills and insights necessary to build meaningful relationships of trust and support with mentees, and optimization of the mentorship program structure.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the critical role that mentorship can play in promoting employee engagement, performance, inclusion, and well-being.
  • Develop strategies for circumventing the challenges and obstacles that forestall many mentorship programs.
  • Walk away with an outline for a mentor training program and have practiced exercises designed to help mentors create psychological safety and deepen trust through empathy, vulnerability, and listening.


The founder of Cultivate, Tara Antonipillai's experience in professional well-being comes from a career in Big Law, a master's degree in applied psychology, and ongoing research in the field. Tara is a consultant, speaker, and coach who combines her unique set of skills to introduce topics that include the science of well-being, job satisfaction, communication, stress management, compassionate leadership, mindfulness, resilience, mindset, and engagement & belonging to law firms and other organizations.

Tara received her J.D. and an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and was a tax lawyer in Arnold & Porter’s DC office. She also holds a Masters degree in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Tara is a certified leadership and performance coach through Brown University.  She is also a certified yoga instructor and meditation teacher, as well as a certified Mental Health First Aid instructor.

Jordana is an attorney, certified professional coach, and founder of JC Coaching & Consulting, a company devoted to advancing the well-being of the legal profession by supporting legal professionals through coaching and partnering with organizations to build positive workplace cultures where all members feel valued, stimulated, and supported. Having spent the bulk of her career working as a lawyer and in legal education at elite institutions, Jordana knows that many high-achieving, successful people hold limiting beliefs that prevent them from truly flourishing. Until fairly recently, she was one of them. But Jordana transformed her life leveraging the science of positive psychology and human motivation theory, and she is passionate about helping others do the same.

Jordana is also an Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School, where she previously served as the Assistant Dean of Professionalism. She teaches a one-of-a-kind course on Positive Lawyering, which teaches law students how to use science-backed strategies of positive psychology to achieve greater satisfaction and sustainable success in their lives and work. She was voted Adjunct Law Professor of the Year in 2021. 

Jordana holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, a B.A. in Psychology from Yale University, and Certifications in Coaching and Applied Positive Psychology.