By Sarah Ledgerwood
Over the past two years as an eDiscovery Evangelist, I’ve had the pleasure of attending multiple conferences across the country focused on the many facets of a subject near and dear to my heart: legal technology and ediscovery. The opportunity to travel and experience different cities, getting to immerse myself in subjects I’m passionate about, and learning more about legal technology and ediscovery than I ever thought possible, have been among the top noteworthy highlights from my time on the conference circuit. But, even more exciting is the networking opportunities that presented themselves with colleagues, clients, and subject matter experts from across the globe in the rapidly transforming world of legal technology.
Recently, I attended the first ever national Women in eDiscovery conference (WiECON19) in Austin, Texas. Of all the conferences I’ve attended, the positive and impressive women at WiECON19 provided the best master class in how to network and make lasting professional connections. How exactly you may ask? Simply gathering together the best and brightest minds among women in the ediscovery world provided a solid start. WiECON19 turned out to be the perfect environment for attendees to feel comfortable to hone their networking skills amongst a genuinely excited group of empowered female attendees, in no small part due to the supportive and non-judgmental feeling that pervaded the entire conference.
Having this perfect energy at a conference definitely made networking in this case easier, but even when you’re at one of those dreaded conferences where it’s hard to find a friendly face and there’s an air of awkwardness wherever you go, here are a few simple networking tips I learned from the amazing women who attended WiECON19 that can be applied in a professional environment across the board.
Networking is a critical skill for success in any industry and can be particularly helpful whether you’re new to the ediscovery conference world or you’re a subject matter veteran who has been networking since the advent of the first Legaltech conference when the industry was brand new. If you want to share any of your networking tips or discuss your thoughts further, please feel free to get in touch at SLedgerwood@lighthouseglobal.com or on Twitter @sarahewood.
Sarah is an eDiscovery Evangelist and Marketing Content Strategist at Lighthouse. She has over 18 years of experience across the legal, technology, and marketing industries since graduating from law school. She specializes in creating digital marketing strategy and content for Lighthouse.
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