Ask for more in life. You deserve it. And one day you’ll have a Susan in your life too. #simplytogether22

I hope at least once in everyone’s career they get to have a boss like this. It looks like we are about to launch into a duet of “Islands in the Stream.” But actually this was at the end of our #simplytogether22 Clark Hill firm retreat. My boss Susan Ahern (pictured here) told me how much she appreciated my contributions, how meaningful they were, and how important I was to her and to our work family. I said I felt the same about her. There may have been tears (mine … natch).

It’s a rare privilege to work with someone, let alone an organization, that celebrates you for your authentic self, letting you shine in ways meaningful to you. I have that at Clark Hill. Susan has encouraged and inspired me to be myself fully at all times, to center my talents around empathy and grace and compassion, to leverage the strategic “pause,” and to work harder and smarter than I ever have in my life. She’s elevated me and my work in ways I’d never thought possible. She’s been my ally and my advocate, and she’s helped me discover a higher standard for what I do.

Ask for more in life. You deserve it. And one day you’ll find you have the good fortune to have a Susan in your life too.

Thank you to my beloved colleague Maram Salaheldin, an epitome of intelligence and wit and kindness, for snapping this moment for posterity.

P.S. I think that “encore” behind us is prescient and apropos after this amazing event.

#simplysmarter

As shared by our colleague Alex France 💕

Tempus fugit! Legal Mastermind Podcast mid year recap … with yours truly #lmamkt

AUDIO: https://www.spreaker.com/user/11522142/2022-in-review-so-far-mixdown

Thanks, Chase Williams and Ryan Klein of Market My Market and Legal Mastermind Podcast! Truly an honor to be included in this mid year recap alongside such fab folks …

“2022 In Review So Far features Chuki Obiyo , Brenda Pontiff , Tobi Millrood , Sarah Tetlow , [me! 😁] Roy Sexton, Steve Pockross , Russ Cersosimo Jr. , Juyoun Han , and Frans Johansson.”

Of scouts and leaders, lawyers and tape measures … Legal Marketing Coffee Talk with guest Mark Beese, president of Leadership for Lawyers

VIDEO LINKS … Facebook: https://fb.watch/e736QkZrLg/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/kates-media_lmct-legalmarketing-lmamkt-activity-6950571168760299520-sX8i?utm_source=linkedin_share&utm_medium=ios_app

YouTube: https://youtu.be/tKUrJq2o7L4

Rob Kates and I had a marvelous time chatting with fab Mark Beese, president of Leadership for Lawyers, about the core principles of inclusive, collaborative #leadership, particularly as related to transformational change in #lawfirms. We discuss core change style indicators by leader type (conserver, pragmatist, originator) and how to create greater team balance. Mark also shares with us lessons learned on his recent #scoutjamboree trip to Korea and how #scouting has informed his consulting practice.

Other assorted topics include #dogs, #birthdays, #collecting, #tapemeasures, #tripods, #Cats, #lawyers, #givingback, #millennials, and #compassion.

Legal Marketing Coffee Talk, Thursday, July 7, with fab guest Mark Beese, president of Leadership for Lawyers … #lmamkt

Legal Marketing Coffee Talk is back this Thursday with host, Roy Sexton, and his guest, Mark Beese, president of Leadership for Lawyers.

Facebook: https://fb.watch/e736QkZrLg/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/kates-media_lmct-legalmarketing-lmamkt-activity-6950571168760299520-sX8i?utm_source=linkedin_share&utm_medium=ios_app

YouTube: https://youtu.be/tKUrJq2o7L4

Mark helps lawyers and other professionals become more effective leaders, innovators and business developers. As a consultant, he provides insight, direction, training, coaching and support to leaders of law firms, legal departments and professional service firms. Mark’s clients range from small, one-office firms to global Amlaw 100 firms. He is a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management and a recipient of the Legal Marketing Association Hall of Fame.

Roy and Mark promise to have a robust and wide-ranging conversation on the state of the legal industry, where things are headed, and opportunities for legal marketers and business developers within that paradigm. You won’t want to miss this one!

Join us Thursday, July 7th, at 3 PM ET!

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

Thank you, Simon P Marshall, Charlotte Takács, and Pinnacle for including my thoughts in this fab report “How Winners Win.” #lmamkt

Thank you, Simon P Marshall, Charlotte Takács, and Pinnacle for including my thoughts in this fab report “How Winners Win.”

You can get your copy here: https://www.pinnacle-oa.com/pitch-management-report-2022/

EXCERPT: “Human interest is key to understanding the buyer, yet as Roy Sexton of Clark Hill Law believes, the journey is a two-way process. Buyers are increasingly interested in the firm’s culture and each person’s passion for individual causes. Putting himself in the client’s shoes, Sexton expands on this sentiment, ‘I see what your pitch materials look like, but what kind of people are you and do you care about the environment and your community, diversity and equity? They want to know that you’re decent human beings, on top of the fact that you’re a good lawyer. You should provide an authentic performance and tell people that you’re doing things that show your passions.’”

Charlotte writes, “Leading U.S. law firms are looking at pitching in an increasingly wider context and use automation and analytics to free up time to understand the buyer journey and bring more personality to pitches. Months of work is paying off today as we release Pinnacle’s review of ‘How Winners Win’ in North American law firms. It’s different. It’s inspiring. It’s insightful. It’s a glimpse into what firms, who are ahead of the curve do. Reading it, will be 20 minutes well (very well) spent.

“As always, getting ahead is only possible with a community wanting to do bigger and better – with people who will lead from the front, empower others through the benefit of knowledge and see the value of sharing. … Read, share, pass on to a colleague with as much love as I do and if you can spare 15 minutes to let me know what you thought about it, please drop me an email on charlotte.takacs@pinnacle-oa.com!”

“When clients see a rich culture, they want to work with us. And talent wants to come work here.” Thank you, ALA, for allowing me to contribute to the article “Are Your Internal Communications Up to Par?” #lmamkt

Thank you, Paula Tsurutani and Association of Legal Administrators (ALA), for including my humble thoughts in this important piece on the essential need for solid internal #communications. Honored to be here alongside luminaries and friends like Jaffe’s Terry Isner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP’s Sean Gibson, Builden Partners’ Jocelyn Brumbaugh, Blank Rome LLP’s Frank Spadafino.

Read here: https://www.legalmanagement.org/2022/may/features/are-your-internal-communications-up-to-par

EXCERPT: “It was always important for us to facilitate and step back so our leaders’ and colleagues’ voices could be heard — both to inform and to unify,” says Roy E. Sexton, Director of Marketing at Clark Hill Law. “Our chief executive officer John Hensien started a monthly newsletter; our chief human resources officer Kathleen Sullivan worked with her team and the marketing team to increase storytelling about diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) concerns; and our chief operating officer Phil Ross started a weekly update to provide guidance on the evolving standards and mandates to keep everyone engaged and informed.”

Hearing from top management helped drive more cohesion, revealed a greater sense of humanity and led to increased institutional awareness and pride about the firm’s people and work.

As more employees work remotely or reduce their face time in offices, using a strategic mix of internal communications tools can help raise morale, connect people and projects, and launch efforts that can elevate social impact initiatives or new business opportunities. …

Sexton agrees. “Collaborating with marketing, leveraging great internal stories, whether on a firm intranet or on social media, can create mutual lift.” …

Increasingly, the line between internal and external communication has blurred, especially with the rise of social media and podcasting. Clark Hill saw an explosive growth in podcasts, which mutually advanced employee engagement and business development.

“Everything we are pushing out externally also benefits the internal,” says Sexton. “We released 80 podcast episodes across an array of subjects, and our hosts used these opportunities to engage with Clark Hill colleagues, clients and prospects. When clients see a rich culture, they want to work with us. And talent wants to come work here.”

“Marketing Dynamics: Lawyers and Marketers in Unison” – Whiteboard Geeks invite me to their “Digital Marketing Master” podcast … #lmamkt

Thank you, Luis Gonzalez and Whiteboard Geeks, for having me as a guest on your “Digital Marketing Master” podcast!

“Marketing Dynamics: Lawyers and Marketers in Unison … In this episode of the Digital Marketing Master podcast, Roy Sexton speaks acutely on the interactions between lawyers and legal marketing teams on the forefront of his work at Clark Hill Law.”

We’ll always have elevators … Richard Levick invites me on his podcast “In House Warrior: A Daily Broadcast in Courageous Leadership” #lmamkt

Thank you, Richard Levick and LEVICK, for this opportunity. I enjoyed our conversation mightily. (We’ll always have elevators. 😉)

“Legal Marketing Association – LMA International President-Elect, Roy Sexton, who leads Clark Hill Law’s marketing, branding and communications efforts speaks with host Richard Levick of LEVICK about law firm marketing, the challenges and evolution of the profession and his own story in a deeply personal and joyous program which has as many laughs as important marketing lessons. Listen here…”

“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

“Show up every day and keep moving forward, my friends!” – Heather Reid, Carolyn Manning, and Dominic Ayres on Legal Marketing Coffee Talk #lmamkt

View …

On Facebook: https://fb.watch/aYr3Z5UVcC/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/robkates_legalmarketingcoffeetalk-legalmarketing-lmct-activity-6894074900764852224-5Ydl

YouTube: https://youtu.be/MmIBKvvbl9E

“Show up every day and keep moving forward, my friends!” – Heather Reid. And indeed she and Carolyn Manning and Dominic Ayres did today on Legal Marketing Coffee Talk with Rob Kates and yours truly! There may have also been appearances by Cher, Elvis, Britney Spears, Homer Simpson, a blue cow, Baby Yoda, and Mr. Ed. 🙌

Mostly we had a warm, substantive, candid, joy-filled, inclusive chat about culture and communications and (to swipe the title of Dominic’s fab new book) “How to Advance Your Career in Professional Services Marketing: Be More Purposeful and Strategic with Your Career Direction.” (Which you can order … right here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09PLR7322/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_7AW38R2HCE6Y2CKBZQWH.)

Along the way, we talked about the Legal Marketing Association – LMA International’s fab #LMA22 conference this March in Las Vegas, tiny dogs who don’t like snowmaggedon, failed guitar lessons, creative heirloom family quilt displays (thank you again, Shoppopdisplays!), the rogue habits of grooms and their wedding registries, and more!

Thanks to these viewers for the love, support, and engagement today: James Barclay, Amy Payton Verhulst, Tahisha Fugate, Nancy Leyes Myrland, Marcia Delgadillo, Don Sexton, Rich Bracken, Gail Porter Lamarche, Jay Linder, and Susan Hunt – with shout outs in the show to Susie Sexton, Heather Morse-Geller, Deborah Farone, Jessica Aries, Laura Toledo, and more.