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Our business Energise – The Talent Liberation Company was established in 1997, 20 years’ ago. Rachel Brushfield, founder of LLClub, is a published author on ‘Women lawyers and how to improve gender balance’ (2013) and ‘How mentoring and coaching can help with life balance issues’ (2014) for the International Bar Association (IBA), author of 2 books for respected legal publishers Ark on ‘Talent management for lawyers: A hands on guide’  and ‘Professional development  for Lawyers’ (2012). In August 2016, we contributed a chapter ‘Essential skills for the changing legal market’ in a new book published by Ark with multiple expert contributors ‘The Talent management toolkit for law firms’. https://www.ark-group.com/product/talent-management-toolkit-law-firms#.WFzWl_mLSUk

Rachel has written more than 18 articles for Managing Partner, The Law Society’s Managing for Success & the Association Women Solicitors Link magazines including; ‘Stuck in the middle’, ‘Self-promotion’, ‘Say my name,’ ‘Equality for innovation’ and ‘Talent quicksand.’

Events supporting women professionals include; Portfolio Career Planning for The Law Society (2014, 2015), Generation Y panellist for the International Bar Association’s Women Interest Group conference in Paris (2014), CV, job search and career trends for the Returners course for The Law Society (2013, 2014, 2017). Other events include ‘Portfolio Careers’ and ‘Women returners for ICAEW’, ‘Blowing your own trumpet’ and ‘Social media and personal branding’ for the Association of Women Solicitors (AWS) London group, ‘Blowing your own trumpet’ for AWS Surrey and ‘Career strategies’ for American Women Lawyers in London (AWLL). In 2015, Rachel organised, chaired and did a talk at The Law Society’s first ever Changing Career Direction event (All divisions) and was the only non-lawyer table host at a Law Society WLD Speed networking event.

Rachel is an advisor to The Institute of Mentoring, author for LexisNexis on talent and diversity topics, and writes career guides for The Telegraph Media Group.  The Energise brand for the legal profession is EnergiseLegal www.energiselegal.com Rachel has created over 23 career transition case studies and an article about marketing yourself for the new Law Society careers pages on their web site, including many of our clients, and careers webinars which can be viewed in the Continual Professional Development section. We also blog for The Law Society and have written a number of blogs for the Women Lawyers Division, as well as the In-house division. Our articles for The Law Society Managing for Success magazine have included Intergenerational differences in the workplace and The positives of uncertainty.

Unlike many enthusiastic but inexperienced ‘new on the block’ career coaches, Rachel started her original extensive coaching training over 16 years ago, does CPD every month, has both a coach and mentor and continually ensures her skills and knowledge are up to date, using best practice to meet and surpass the needs of clients. Rachel’s career heritage is in marketing and brand strategy and communications, skills and knowledge we now use to help our clients to market and differentiate themselves effectively for career success.

Rachel’s pro bono work for women lawyers includes CV clinics and talks at the bi-annual Law Society Returners course for more than 6 years. Rachel has been nominated as a ‘Rising star’ in the We are the city 2017 Rising Star Awards for women who champion women, with the shortlist for the finals announced in May.

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