A tale of two Susans: good will hunting … and abiding

Thank you, Goodwill Industries International, Goodwill Industries of Northeast Indiana, Inc. , Bill Warriner, and Lori McCutcheon! Susan is remarkable!

Original post: https://www.facebook.com/525651807446116/posts/5555854667759113/?d=n

There’s a bit more to all of this and I didn’t want to overdo my comment, but we were really struggling with a lot of this purging, and, as we pulled things off the truck, Susan was so complimentary about my mother’s taste and how well received her collection would be. It was such a relief and an encouragement.

And then we found out that Susan shares the same name … as my mother Susie Sexton. And there’s more: Goodwill Susan‘s mother was a professor at Ball State University in the speech department, and was one of my mother’s professors when she was there. My mother studied speech at Ball State. My mother wrote a couple of books, speaking at length about how much she loved her years there.

It all felt like fate, to be honest. And did our hearts a world of good!

#bekind

#Pride … meaningful media: Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 and Madonna’s I’m Breathless

Clark Hill assembled a list of “meaningful media” to honor Pride month, with contributions and (most importantly) heartfelt stories from all across our great firm. Thank you to my colleagues Hannah Reisdorff who organized the list’s development and Ray Koenig and Tobias Smith who are leading our overall Pride recognition activities. Here is my contribution to the list …

For me, there were two albums that helped me as a young high school man living in a small town in Indiana still trying to figure out what his sexuality might mean. Might be surprising to hear but in the late 80s there wasn’t a lot of good guidance for people like me. Lol. But I found a voice in two records that weren’t overtly LGBTQ but were recorded by artists who have always been allies to our community.

In 1989, I wandered into our mall’s Musicland and bought a cassette of Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814. It was all the money I had in my pocket, and that album with its day-glo, percolating inclusivity gave me a summer soundtrack that made me feel like the world could be a better place.

The following summer, I was chosen by the US Senate as a youth ambassador to Japan. A bit homesick, I bought another cassette, this time of Madonna’s I’m Breathless, a pastiche of songs from Dick Tracy and songs inspired by the film. Problematic as the song “Vogue” has become as we are increasingly sensitized to cultural appropriation, nonetheless its thundering pulse and message of liberation – as well as the fizzy camp with which the queen of pop delivered the album’s other show tunes – spoke to my soul and gave me a sense of self.

I still listen to both of these albums often, now streaming, and they transport me to a time of discovery and give me a sense of great gratitude that these artists were willing to push the envelope of popular entertainment and acceptance.

The magic of knowing oneself … and of tricking your friend’s Alexa into playing show tunes over Zoom: EJ Stern joins us on Legal Marketing Coffee Talk #lmamkt

FACEBOOK: https://fb.watch/cQ5XSIHE3e/

LINKEDIN: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/kates-media_legalmarketingcoffeetalk-legalmarketing-lmct-activity-6927047561677561856-Fews?utm_source=linkedin_share&utm_medium=ios_app

YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/qCClmiusxsU

Rob Kates and I had a delightful time with our guest today EJ Stern Bearman! Thank you, Amber Bollman, for introducing us! Yes, there were shenanigans aplenty, but, before I turn to those, give this a watch for the heartfelt, authentic, wise counsel EJ provides on professional and personal development, the magic of knowing oneself, understanding your own gifts (and challenges), and finding those moments of connection that build successful business development relationships. We talk about using your energy to your advantage, introversion versus extroversion, and how DEI is such a crucial consideration in creating an environment where people can find fulfillment and optimal performance in life and in work.

As for shenanigans … My dad Don Sexton joins us as I thank him for the Lincoln Home National Historic Site surprises I received in today’s mail. Rob celebrates Cinco de Mayo in his inimitable way. We learn a new prank in asking Alexa to play unsolicited show tunes in our guests’ homes. We review the positive impact life upon the wicked stage had on our formative years. We address the joys (and occasional sadnesses) of having four-legged friends. We note how important participation trophies can be in helping some of us feel seen and validated. We give a shout out to Mother’s Day, Janet Jackson, mental health awareness month, #itsokaytonotbeokay, Led Zeppelin, Kroger runs, Encanto, Ricky Martin, and The Ramones.

Oh, and Susan C. Freeman, we give two plugs for Freeman Means Business’ #EmpoweredWomen2022 in Chicago on June 2: https://freemanmeansbusiness.com/empoweredwomen-events

And Lynn Foley, fSquared Marketing, Terry Isner, and Legal Marketing Association – LMA International, we remind everyone to complete this important mental health / wellness survey: https://fsquaredmarketing.com/legal-marketing-mental-wellness-survey-report/?fbclid=IwAR2V23OYftnv7Nm_RuVqgmbjuvM_etnyH5D98mcMktTXR3DULFpphOix7Cw

Whew! #LMAmkt

P.S. Glen Hanson and HunTees, I’m wearing another one of your fab shirts!

P.P.S. My dad has another letter in Downbeat! They need to make him a columnist! ❤️

Self-care, professional development, and show tunes: EJ Stern, Senior Executive Coach at Novateur Partners, joins us this week on Legal Marketing Coffee Talk, May 5, 3 pm ET … #lmamkt

FACEBOOK: https://fb.watch/cQ5XSIHE3e/

LINKEDIN: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/kates-media_legalmarketingcoffeetalk-legalmarketing-lmct-activity-6927047561677561856-Fews?utm_source=linkedin_share&utm_medium=ios_app

YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/qCClmiusxsU

Legal Marketing Coffee Talk is back this Thursday, May 5th with host, Roy Sexton, and his guest, EJ Stern Bearman, Senior Executive Coach at Novateur Partners, and the two will discuss how increasingly essential it is for us all to take moments of self-care and personal development to succeed in our fast-paced industry.

With 15+ years leading business development and strategic initiatives in the legal industry, E.J. has a proven record of success helping lawyers grow their practices and build their books of business. Her results-oriented coaching approach helps clients create best practices and provides the accountability necessary for success.

“People are my passion. I understand the pressures individuals face and the critical role coaching can play in professional development and ongoing success. I help individuals refine their leadership skills and develop strategies to decrease burnout, increase productivity and create greater job satisfaction.”

Join us for incredible insight (and probably some show tunes, as E.J. and Roy have a mutual love for all things musical theatre) Thursday, May 5th at 3:00 pm ET: Right here on LinkedIn.

Legal Marketing Coffee Talk is brought to you by: By Aries and Kates Media: Video Production.

“The inspiration to do more than just law” – Pinnacle’s Tim Kenney interviews yours truly

Thank you, Tim Kenney and Pinnacle! I thoroughly enjoyed our chat, and I am so honored by this piece: https://www.pinnacle-oa.com/the-inspiration-to-do-more-than-just-law-roy-sexton/https://www.pinnacle-oa.com/the-inspiration-to-do-more-than-just-law-roy-sexton/

Grateful for the opportunity to discuss organizations I love like Clark Hill Law, Legal Marketing Association – LMA International, Ronald McDonald House Charities Ann Arbor, and Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit. And I want to frame this intro you wrote! 🙌

“When I picture the sort of person who would be heading up marketing for a law firm like Clark Hill, Roy Sexton wasn’t who I had in mind. But I’ll be totally honest: I’m glad.

“After nearly 20 years of experience in marketing, communications, and business development Roy has risen to the top of his game and now sits as President-Elect of the LMA for 2022. An impressive feat for sure, but what really draws me in is his character.

“Roy is a warm, charming iconoclast, pushing his lawyers to bring more to the table than, well, just law. There’s an air about him that he deliberately chooses to be different, almost as if he’s smiled in the face of corporate law and said ‘let’s try this another way, shall we?’

“We spoke about his team, his philosophy, and why a master’s degree in theatre beats an MBA.”

Vegemite sandwiches and kind, caring hearts: Jennifer Smuts joins us on Legal Marketing Coffee Talk … #lmamkt

View the REPLAY on … Facebook: https://fb.watch/cxI48dQXy5/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/activity-6921950723937099776-eEl5?utm_source=linkedin_share&utm_medium=ios_app

YouTube: https://youtu.be/52Ac417Mp00

Rob Kates and I had a delightful chat with fab Jennifer Smuts today. We covered EVERYTHING! The magic that is Australia, four legged friends, Legal Marketing Association – LMA International, being true to oneself, and owning one’s career path. Jennifer is the epitome of authenticity and grace. You’ll love her remarks about talent development and recruitment.

And thanks to my dad Don Sexton for joining us from his car on the way to Tractor Supply Co. to buy dog food. 😅 He told us all about Indianapolis Museum Of Art’s immersive VanGogh exhibit, wine in cans, and the restful nature of benches.

Thanks to Nancy Slome, Sue-Ella Prodonovich (AND her 🐦 birds!), Nancy Leyes Myrland, Gina Furia Rubel for watching and/or commenting!

P.S. Clark Hill Shortlisted for “Best Marketing Campaign” by the Managing Partners’ Forum

Following its May 2021 “Simply Smarter” brand launch, Clark Hill has been shortlisted for “Best Marketing Campaign” for the 2022 Managing Partners’ Forum (MPF) Awards.

In association with knowledge partners Harvard Business Review and the Financial Times, these international awards celebrate leadership and management excellence in professional services organizations globally.

After winning the award of “Best Marketing Initiative” in March 2020 by MPF, Clark Hill continued to build on that momentum a year later with the launch of a new brand and website. Following several years of expansion for the firm, the Simply Smarter initiative aimed to achieve a streamlined brand and corporate identity, complete cultural integration, and firmwide strategic alignment.

“It was essential to develop a brand that reflected and united our culture and consolidated our internal and external corporate identity across geographic regions,” said Susan Ahern, Clark Hill’s Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer. “We have utilized the firm brand across each office and practice culture to unify identity, create cohesion, and amplify cross-collaboration.”

Clark Hill is one of four organizations shortlisted in the Best Marketing Campaign category. The MPF Awards will be held virtually on the Remo platform at 5 pm on June 15. Leaders from each shortlisted organization are invited to attend.

“We’re honored to have our brand campaign be recognized on an international scale, and we look forward to joining other organizations in celebrating many innovative achievements,” Ahern said.

March 2020

KM Talent’s Jennifer Smuts joins us this Thursday, April 21 on Legal Marketing Coffee Talk … #lmamkt

Tune in April 21st, at 3:00 pm ET on Facebook: https://fb.watch/cxI48dQXy5/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/activity-6921950723937099776-eEl5?utm_source=linkedin_share&utm_medium=ios_app

YouTube: https://youtu.be/52Ac417Mp00

Join us this Thursday with host Roy Sexton and his guest, Jennifer Smuts, consultant for KM Talent. Jennifer is a legend in the legal marketing and business development community AND an incredible supporter of this show, so we are thrilled she will be joining us.

Having recently relocated to Australia, Jennifer will be sure to regale us with tales of her adventures down under and offer insight into career development, coaching, and growth for our viewers. Jennifer writes, “Having enjoyed a successful, 20 year career working in legal marketing and business development in the U.S., I’m excited to take the skills I’ve gathered and apply them in my new position helping clients identify valuable talent and aiding candidates in the search for their dream roles. With a passion for helping organizations understand, create and elevate diversity, equity and inclusion within their corporate culture, I look forward to serving clients in a meaningful way.”

Jennifer is a life-long learner, and in 2021 she completed the eCornell University Diversity & Equity certificate program. As a founding member and past-President of The Legal Marketing Association-Metro Philadelphia Chapter, she continues to stay involved in the legal industry’s premier marketing association, most recently as Chair of the Chief Marketing Officer group for the Philadelphia local and co-Executive Editor of Strategies, The Journal of The Legal Marketing Association.

Legal Marketing Coffee Talk is brought to you by: By Aries and Kates Media.

“The importance of connecting with others” – yours truly guests on Market My Market’s Legal Mastermind Podcast

Thank you, Market My Market and fab hosts Chase Williams and Ryan Klein, for having me on your show!

Listen to the episode here: https://legalmastermindpodcast.com/ep-143-roy-sexton-the-importance-of-connecting-with-others/

Roy Sexton is the Marketing Director at Clark Hill Law and the President-Elect of the Legal Marketing Association – LMA International. Roy has held the Marketing Director position since 2019 at Clark Hill and has begun his journey on LMA’s board as Treasurer before being chosen as the 2022 President-Elect.

Clark Hill is an international team of legal advisors focused on delivering exceptional growth for your business.

LMA supports the legal marketing community through thought leadership, professional advocacy and personal enrichment.

On This Episode, We Discuss…

Shifting Your Firm’s Culture to Digital
What is the Legal Marketing Association?
Benefits of Joining an Association

Connect with Roy: https://www.linkedin.com/in/royesexton/

Clark Hill: https://www.clarkhill.com/

LMA: https://legalmarketing.org/

Love this very sweet Valentine that arrived in the mail from my dad Don Sexton.

And I spoiled John a bit today because he’s been working so hard as family caregiver for the past two pandemic years. He’s given so much of his heart and his time and his energy to all of us. ❤️

AND Valentine cookies/ rumballs from our talented, sweet neighbor Rachel Ure … check out her bake shop at https://instagram.com/rachels.rum.balls

Kat Kelly-Heinzelman on my mom Susie Sexton: “Every now and then someone special comes into our lives, and we don’t always know they are going to be special until we have known them for a while.”

Read Kat’s full post here: https://lighthousekat.wordpress.com/2022/01/30/susie-sexton/

Kat Kelly-Heinzelman on my mom Susie Sexton: “Every now and then someone special comes into our lives, and we don’t always know they are going to be special until we have known them for a while. Susie was like that for me. I first met her late one night on Facebook when I came home from work – when I was working second shift and I was relaxing and catching up on the things that had happened while I had been working. We got to talking and I found out that I knew her son and didn’t even know it. Not well yet but that too would come. I found that Susie and I had a lot in common and that we liked a lot of the same things. She lived in the house she grew up in which I found very cool. I used to tell her I would come a paint her porch and then we would sit in a rocking chair and gossip while we drank coffee in the morning or wine in the early evening. But life got too busy for both of us to do that and now we won’t ever get to that.”

Love you, Kat – thank you for this. Your friendship was a lifeline to her, and she truly felt “seen” by you in all the best ways. I’ll always be grateful to you for that. ❤️

Rambling Thoughts

Every now and then someone special comes into our lives, we don’t always know they are going to be special until we have known them for a while. Susie was like that for me. I first met her late night on Facebook when I came home from work when I was working second shift and I was relaxing and catching up on the things that had happened while I had been working. We got to talking and I found out that I knew her son and didn’t even know it. Not well yet but that too would come. I found that Susie and I had a lot in common and that we liked a lot of the same things. She lived in the house she grew up in which I found very cool. I used to tell her I would come a paint her porch and then we would sit…

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Diary of a long short week: brilliant lawyers, nostalgic pillows, dreamy Chris Evans, and fond memories

Thank you, State Bar of Michigan and wonderful Mark Rossman, for inviting me to be a presenter at Thursday’s Business Law Symposium. Kudos to my Clark Hill colleagues Linda Watson and Jonathan Martone who hit it out of the park with their respective panels.

It was such an honor to be included and to offer my legal marketing and branding thoughts alongside such fabulous souls as Sabo PR’s Mary Ann Sabo, 2nGage’s Tyler Cady, Dinsmore & Shohl’s R.J. Cronkhite, and Sikora Law’s Lindsay Sikora. Thank you to our fantastic moderator Fishman Stewart PLLC’s Maxwell Goss for organizing all of our ideas and to Rossman, P.C.’s Anthony Bowen for keeping all of the trains moving and clocks ticking.

Thank you to my Clark Hill Marketing and Business Development colleague Stacey McIntyre who watched all six+ hours of the fantastic event and grabbed these images and to our Clark Hill social media maven Tommy Franz for this post.

It was also a treat seeing my buddies Nemeth Law, P.C.’s Terry Bonnette (a fellow Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit board member and Mosaic’s fab governance chair) and Butzel Long’s Jennifer Dukarski (my newfound digital dance party partner) do their incredible things during the Symposium as well.

Clark Hill’s LinkedIn post about the evening: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/clark-hill-law_member-linda-watson-member-jonathan-martone-activity-6890356835203842048-Kubg

Text: Clark Hill Member Linda Watson, Member Jonathan Martone, and Director of Marketing Roy Sexton each participated in different roundtables last night during the State Bar of Michigan Business Law Symposium.

Linda’s topic was “Mentorship – What is it and How Does it Happen?” Jonathan’s group presented “Law Firm Management in the Pandemic,” and Roy’s group discussed “Building Your Brand and Protecting It — Responding to a Four Alarm Fire.”

My Columbia City High School classmate Jennifer Krider is a helluva chef AND entrepreneur with a thriving (and darling) catering business/gift shop/soon-to-be empire: From My Side of the Kitchenhttps://www.frommysideofthekitchen.com.

It’s a family affair – daughters Mackie Sheets and Kaitlyn Morgan, mom Connie Gottschalk, sister-in-law (I hope I have that right) and another fellow classmate Marta Krider Pearce, Marta’s mom Jo Krider, and no doubt many I’m missing – all lend a hand. Proud of them all and what they’ve built. 🙌

(Fun fact: Connie and husband Joe, who were neighbors to my parents Susie and Don Sexton for years, were part owners of another very cute gift shop in Columbia City in the late 80s. Their exceptional handicrafts are still in my home and that of my parents. And clearly their entrepreneurial spirit lives on!)

I share all of this because family matters, and small towns can be magical places where creativity and commerce really bloom. AND I received this darling pillow in the mail Thursday from Jen and Co. It’s going to be a welcome reminder in our tv room that no matter where life takes you, your roots give you the foundation for success and fulfillment. ❤️

File under: #IHaveTheCoolestBoss … for a short week, this was a wild and woolly one with Friday taking the cake 🍰. So this birthday surprise from my boss, colleague, and friend Susan Ahern Friday was a welcome surprise indeed.

I’m sorry that she had to wage war with the Postal Service to get it here – even more challenging in these pandemic life days – but I’m grateful for the outcome. And I honestly enjoyed this extension of last month’s birthday fun!

This beautiful and brilliant Captain America 3D print – autographed by equally beautiful and brilliant Chris Evans (swoon! 🥰) no less – is the perfect addition to our pop culture crazy home. I love it!

But I especially love that I get the distinct privilege to work for and with such an incredible, kind, thoughtful human (and team) at such a wonderful firm as Clark Hill!

I don’t remember being this skinny. Or this young. Or this tan. Thank heavens dear friend Chris Marrone captured it on film! And then texted them to me on Saturday.

Chris is a putz who looks EXACTLY the same now as he did 22 years ago when these were taken. Our first and only cruise – Western Caribbean- and we had a blast! Chris has always been the resident vacation planner – we need him to plan another, when the world isn’t bonkers!

Hudson re-enacts this week.
We are pooped. So’s the beloved mummy.