Grit and Growth Mindset: Tools to Advance your Career


09 June 2021 June 15:00 - 16:30 CEST

Grit and a growth mindset are two common traits among highly successful women lawyers. On Wednesday 9 June from 15:00 to 16:30 CEST, the next AIJA Women Network (AWN) webinar will be based on the Grit Project developed by the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession.

 The research shows that: 

  • Grit is a precursor to success rather than an outcome of it.
  • A growth mindset can help navigate challenging workplace situations, including responses to negative feedback and sometimes overwhelming pace and volume of work.
  • Grittier individuals are hard workers and are more likely to strive towards enhancing their performance.
  • Such individuals are more likely to “stay the course” and not get distracted by immediate, short-term interests or needs.
  • People with a growth mindset can see their abilities as flexible entities that can develop through dedication and effort.

Most experts agree that these traits can be learned and developed given the right conditions.

This session will help participants to assess and develop these traits through a panel discussion followed by a practical workshop.  

The session will be moderated by Agata Adamczyk and Kadri Kallas. 

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Keynote speaker

Dr. Milana L. Hogan, Chief Legal Talent Officer, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, United States of America

Dr. Milana L. Hogan is the Chief Legal Talent Officer at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, where she oversees the firm’s talent management initiatives, including assignment, mentoring, training and career development programs, performance evaluations, diversity and inclusion initiatives, human resources, paralegal and analyst programs, and the firm’s worldwide recruiting efforts. In addition to her work at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, Dr. Hogan is the Chair of the Professional Development Consortium. She also serves as a liaison to the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession and she has been Co‐Chair of the ABA’s Grit Project since its inception. Dr. Hogan recently published her first book, Grit, The Secret to Advancement, on the impact of grit and growth mindset on the success of women lawyers. She received her B.A. in Political Science from Brown University and she holds a Doctor of Education from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in New Canaan, Connecticut with her husband and their four young children.

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Costanza Posarelli, Associate, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, United States of America

Costanza Posarelli is an Associate in Sullivan & Cromwell’s General Practice group, which she joined in September 2016. She holds a Law Degree (Laurea Magistrale) from LUISS Guido Carli, Rome, and an LLM from Fordham University School of Law, New York. Costanza is admitted to the New York Bar. She has been focusing on various practice areas, including mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and securities laws, and advising clients across a range of industries, including consumer & retail, automotive and financial services.


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Anna Chirou, Associate, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, United Kingdom

Anna Chirou is an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, working in the firm’s general practice group, with experience in finance and restructuring, project finance, mergers and acquisitions and capital markets. Anna joined Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in London as a trainee solicitor in 2015, qualifying as a solicitor in 2017 and has also spent time in Sullivan & Cromwell LLP’s Hong Kong office. She received a Bachelor of Laws from King’s College London, University of London and a Bachelor of Civil Laws from the University of Oxford.


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Agata Adamczyk, founder anf managing partner of Adamczyk, Liber & Associates business law firm,Cracow.

Agata Adamczsyk is specialised in corporate law, international contracts and commercial litigation. Agata works for many international clients who want to expand their business in Poland. She advises on joint-venture and M&A. Her work received a prestigious Forbes Professional 1st Award. She was also granted with a title Ambassador of Women in Business. Currently holds the position of the Vice President of International Business Law Commisssion of AIJA.

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Kadri Kallas, Partner at TGS Baltic, Tallin

Kadri Kallas has extensive experience in the areas of commercial and corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital. She has advised strategic investors, private equity funds and companies included in their portfolios, as well as venture capital investors and growth companies on strategic investments, joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions and demergers, and provided general business advice. She has also worked for the London office of an international US-based law firm.

Reputable international legal market directories, such as Legal500, Chambers Europe, Best Lawyers and IFLR, have recommended Kadri Kallas as a leading expert in her field.

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