IWIL Catalyst – March 2024

  • Connecting Dots: Understanding How Fostering Engagement Sparks Exceptional Performance

By: Tracy LaLonde, Chief Joychiever of Joychiever

Enhancing engagement and well-being among legal professionals is crucial for a productive work environment. By understanding the different states of engagement and investing in support for those who may be experiencing a dip in engagement, managers can create a positive and thriving atmosphere for their legal teams. Tracy LaLonde walks us through best practices for workplace engagement In Connecting the Dots, Understanding How Fostering Engagement Sparks Exceptional Performance.

Tracy LaLonde trains legal organizations how to generate better engagement through effective people management. With over 30 years of experience in training, consulting and professional development, LaLonde is on a mission to change the way law firms engage with their teams. She may be reached at info@joychiever.com.

  • Trauma-informed Leadership When Crisis Feels Constant

By Renee Branson, MA; Founder | Principal RB Consulting

Loss and grief are part of the human experience. Tragedies unfold in the 24/7 news cycle – some globally and others very close to home. Some traumas occur in the present moment while others are generations long. Because of that, people show up to work in pain, worried, grieving, angry, and confused. Leaders feel compelled to do something and simultaneously are afraid of doing the wrong thing. There is no single way to respond to tragedy. In Trauma-informed Leadership When Crisis Feels Constant, Renee Branson MA provides guideposts to help you navigate through the process.

Renee Branson provides clients with immediately usable tools to increase resilience, well-being, and optimism in the workplace. She works with law firms and other professional services organizations to help them understand and incorporate resilience in their professional lives and teams.


  • Cultivating a Culture of Caring: A Blueprint for Organizational Success

By Kendra Brodin, Esq., MSW, Founder & CEO, EsquireWell

Today’s legal work environment of high demands and stress requires a Culture of Caring for both organizational success and individual well-being. This crucially important culture encompasses both proactive and restorative (or, reactive) strategies. In Cultivating a Culture of Caring: A Blueprint for Organizational Success, Kendra Brodin, Esq., MSW, explains how modeling compassion, engaging in courageous conversations, and cultivating psychological safety and belonging sets the foundation for a supportive environment where individuals can thrive.

Kendra Brodin is the Founder & CEO of EsquireWell, a leading lawyer well-being and performance consulting firm, providing education, strategic guidance, coaching, and online learning tools to help lawyers be happier, healthier, and more successful. 

Prior to founding her company, Kendra was Chief Attorney Development Officer at a large national law firm where she managed firm-wide lawyer training and development as well as well-being initiatives. 

Kendra is a frequent presenter, coach, and consultant for small, mid-sized, and large law firms, legal departments, and law schools, and she teaches a course called “Well-being and Professional Formation” at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis. 

With a master’s degree in social work, a law degree, and nearly 20 years of professional experience in legal professional development and well-being, Kendra brings together the “people” side and the “business” side of the law as she guides legal organizations and their team members to thrive now and in the future.

March 2024




To align with Mental Health Awareness Month in May, Well-Being Week in Law (WWIL) will occur annually the first full week of May. In 2024, WWIL will be May 6-10. We invite you to coordinate or participate in local activities, whether you’re an individual, law firm, corporate legal department, government entity, bar association, law school, or other organization or consultant involved in the legal profession.

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Loneliness in Law: A Silent Source of Our Suffering by Bree Buchanan, Senior Advisor for Krill Strategies, IWIL Board Director, VP Policy

Loneliness – along with its first cousins, isolation and alienation – are drivers of much of the distress, overwhelm, burnout, and behavioral health disorders that plague our profession. The first alarm was sound in 2018 when the Harvard Business Review shared findings of a wide reaching study of the perceived sense of isolation and loneliness among U.S. professionals. Lawyers were found to be the loneliest professionals, closely followed by members of other professions, such as doctors and engineers.

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State Bar Attorney Well-Being Initiatives After Boudreaux: Q&A with Chris Newbold, Leader in the Well-Being in Law Movement: Thomson Reuters Practical Law

This is a Q&A with Chris Newbold, Chief Operating Officer of ALPS Malpractice Insurance, Immediate Past President and current member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Well-Being in Law (IWIL), and prominent leader in the well-being in law movement, on the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Boudreaux v. Louisiana State Bar Association. 

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