Cultivating the next generation of lawyers with Wendy Merrill of DRI

Wendy Merrill is a successful businesswoman of many titles, including author, executive, speaker and consultant. She is currently the Executive Vice President of Growth Strategy and Branding at DRI, which seeks to sharpen the skills of defense attorneys.

Simultaneously, Wendy still serves as the Founder of StrategyHorse Consulting Group. Their passion is to inspire leadership and growth in young professionals through unique workshops and retreats.

Wendy’s first book, Path to Impact: The Rising Leader's Guide to Growing Smart, was published in 2019 and is also designed to cultivate leaders of the next generation. Outside of her work, she enjoys mentoring, traveling and riding her horse.

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

  • Wendy Merrill talks about DRI and its role in the legal community
  • How has COVID affected networking for lawyers?
  • What are some of the recent changes in the law that impact lawyers and law firms?
  • Using technology to build your brand as a lawyer
  • How millennials are changing the industry — and how that will alter the legal landscape
  • How to be resilient as an up-and-coming lawyer
  • What you can learn from Wendy’s book and why she wrote it

In this episode:

Mentorship has always been a key component when working with the law. Lawyers not only spend many years at university, but are then guided in the early days of their career. The infrastructure has changed over the years but the core idea remains the same—the best lawyers learn from mentorship. It’s up to established leaders to help newer attorneys get started.

For Wendy Merrill, her passion is helping lawyers and professionals grow into leaders. Almost every aspect of her career is designed to give back to the attorneys of the future. From serving as Founder of StrategyHorse Consulting Group to her book Path to Impact: The Rising Leader's Guide to Growing Smart, she has led many professionals to success. Now, she shares her insights with you.

Michelle Calcote King takes the time to interview Wendy Merrill, the Executive Vice President of Growth Strategy & Branding at DRI, and get her perspective on the changing world of law. They discuss what DRI offers to defense attorneys, how to use LinkedIn to build your brand and how millennials are changing the landscape. Find out the details on this episode of the Spill the Ink Podcast.

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