PDLG believes that the skills needed to comfortably participate in both formal and informal networking opportunities are skills that can be learned and developed. Further, PDLG believes that the ability to take advantage of networking opportunities is important for the growth of a legal career.
For many years, the PDLG Fellows Program has included a lunch seminar on practical tips and skills for handling networking opportunities, be they at a large reception, a chance meeting in the elevator or in the lunch line at the office. These skills include such topics as when to wear a nametag, how to shake hands, and how to gracefully enter and leave a conversation. Much of the seminar is a presentation by Veta Richardson, Esq., former Executive Director of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association and now CEO of the Association of Corporate Counsel. The seminar also includes opportunities to practice the skill and techniques described in the presentation.