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Obelisk launch new refresher courses

Reengaging talent which has been lost from the legal profession has long been top of the agenda for Obelisk Support. We have therefore created this Workshop, which is supported by the Women Lawyers Division of the Law Society in a unique partnership, in order to optimise the work readiness and confidence of our highly qualified and highly motivated talent pool.

Our Refresher Workshop will cover a range of topics hosted by guest speakers;

Dana Denis-Smith, founder and CEO of Obelisk Support, is an entrepreneur, former Linklaters lawyer and international journalist. She founded Obelisk to keep ex-City lawyers working flexibly, around their family or other personal commitments and to provide clients with an affordable and flexible quality legal support solution onshore. Dana is a multiple award winning business woman from “Best Strategic Leadership” Award at the Managing Partners Forum Awards for Management Excellence in 2014, to flexible work champion by the Timewise Foundation in their Power Part Time List of 50 leading business people in the UK. Obelisk was a Stand Out winner in the FT Innovative Lawyers Awards 2013. Dana was one of 10 European lawyers shortlisted in the Individual Legal Innovator category of the 2012 FT awards. In 2010 she was names as one of Management Today magazine’s “35 under 35” list of UK female high flyers. She is the founder of the First 100 Years project charting the journey of women in law over the last 100 years.

Rina Goldenberg Lynch, Founder and Managing Director of Voice At The Table offers 20 years of experience as a City lawyer and executive and brings with her the wealth of skills that a corporate career imparts.  In recent years, Rina has been working on diversity and inclusion matters, helping develop D&I strategy and initiatives.  Rina has also been coaching and mentoring women in the corporate, not-for-profit and entrepreneurial sectors with great success. She is an Accredited Associate Executive Coach, a qualified ILM Level 5 trainer, a speaker and innovator. 

Scott Jones is the founder of Footprint, the sustainable media and communications agency. He works with inspiring start-ups and some of the world’s largest brands telling business stories about innovation, sustainability and change. Footprint is a full service agency, from consultancy to production to activation – working across press, broadcast, video, print, social and live events. Before moving into media and communications five years ago, Scott was a Business journalist on national newspapers and a producer at the BBC – working in the Business and Consumer Unit making The Money Programme and Watchdog. 

Krisztina Ambrus decided to have a career change after working in luxury residential real estate in Central London. As fashion had always been her passion, starting a personal styling and image consultancy business seemed to be a straightforward choice. She trained at the London College of Fashion and her image consultancy training at First Impressions before setting up Imago Styling. 

Joanna Gaudoin is a personal and corporate image expert.  She helps Individual women and organisations work on their image and impact for professional success.  Experience and expertise will always be vital but how and what we communicate with others about ourselves and the perception they form of us are pivotal for success. These skills help us differentiate ourselves positively and build credibility for better professional relationships, whilst also enhancing our confidence.  Through her one-to-one programme with women and running corporate training, Joanna helps individuals work on their appearance, body language and communication to achieve their goals for their own career success and the success of their organisation. Prior to running her own company, Joanna worked in marketing and consultancy for almost ten years with blue-chip clients such as Mars, Diageo, Toshiba and SABMiller.

There will also be opportunities for returners to network with each other and the Obelisk Support team, as well as a drinks reception. We hope that it will be a fun and informing session – the focus will be on confidence, empowerment and bringing back to the surface the skills which our highly qualified Obelisk lawyers already possess.

By Kitty

Kitty joined Obelisk Support as an intern to work on the First 100 Years project. She graduated with a classics degree from University College London and now manages resourcing and works on engagement with the Obelisk Lawyer community.