About the Team
Caren Ulrich Stacy – Founder/CEO, Diversity Lab & OnRamp Fellowship
Caren Ulrich Stacy has more than 20 years of experience in recruitment, development, and diversity with law firms across the country, including Arnold & Porter, Weil Gotshal, McGuireWoods, and Cooley.
She is the CEO of Diversity Lab, which creates and tests innovative talent management and diversity initiatives. The Lab’s hallmark project – the OnRamp Fellowship – has helped boost diversity in law firms as the first re-entry program ever launched in the legal profession for women lawyers. The Fellowship is also now expanding into legal departments and financial services firms. Other current projects include:
- TakeALittleAction.com – Highlighting individuals and initiatives that advance women in law, tech, science, finance, and other industries to encourage support of their efforts. (The video and website were honored with the Catalyst #DisruptTheDefault Award in 2015)
- Culture Analysis – Facilitating the first empirical study with law firms, legal departments, and financial services firms to better understand the organizations’ overall cultures as well as the micro-cultures that exist in each practice group/division.
- Women in Law Hackathon – Launching the first hackathon — a Shark Tank style pitch competition — aimed at generating innovative ideas that retain and advance women in law firms in collaboration with Stanford Law School and Bloomberg Law.
- The Judicial Diversity Initiative – Providing diverse lawyers with details on how to apply for state judgeships and a listing of current openings across the U.S. (Launching Winter 2016)
- WomenLegalExperts.com – Promoting successful women lawyers across the country who have been identified as experts in their field by Chambers and BTI. (Launching Winter 2016)
Prior to launching the Lab, Caren was the head of legal talent for top law firms for 20 years. She also pioneered a data-driven “Moneyball” approach to legal talent management through Lawyer Metrics, a start-up company she co-founded and led as President. Lawyer Metrics was bought by the Access Group.
Honors & Awards
As a noted talent management and diversity expert, Caren was awarded the National Association of Legal Professionals (NALP) Mark of Distinction in 2009, the InnovAction Award by the College of Law Practice Management in 2014, and the Ms. JD “Strength in Numbers” Award in 2015. In addition, Caren was elected in 2010 as a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management – an honor awarded to fewer than 200 individuals in the country – and appointed to the Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice’s Commission on Improving the Legal Profession in 2013.
Most recently, Caren and Steve Gluckman won the 2015 Catalyst #DisruptTheDefault Award for their www.TakeALittleAction.com video and website. In 2016, Caren was awarded with the American Bar Association Golden Hammer Award.
Caren serves as a Judicial Performance Commissioner (evaluating judges in the 20th District in Colorado), an adjunct professor for the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and a board member for DirectWomen. She is also the founder and editor of the TalentThinkTank.com, a collaborative blog with more than 25 talent management experts. Over the past two decades, she has contributed to over 250 presentations and publications on legal talent management and authored several highly regarded books, including Loyalty by Design: A Practical Guide for Developing an Effective Attorney Integration Program.
Select Published Books & Articles
- Foreword Author, “The Articulate Attorney” By Brian Johnson and Marsha Hunter (Crown King Books, June 2013)
- Contributing Author & Editor, “The Six-Minute Marathon: A Guide to Life as a Lawyer” By Judge Andy Hartman (NITA, June 2010)
- Contributing Author, “Partners in Transition: The Five Phases of an Effective Partner Integration Program” (NALP Foundation, January 2010)
- Contributing Author, “How Associate Evaluations Measure Up: Identifying Effective Evaluations Criteria” (NALP Foundation, June 2006)
- Co-author, “Loyalty By Design: A Practical Guide For Developing an Effective Associate Integration Program” (NALP Foundation, July 2005)
- Contributing Author, “Best Practices in Attorney Professional Development – Conducting an Effective Needs Assessment” (American Bar Association, October 2004)
- NALP Bulletin, “Keeping the Keepers: Focusing on Lateral Associate Hires” (January 2014)
- Law Practice Management, American Bar Association, “Solving the Multimillion-Dollar C Player Problem” (May 2013)
- NALP Bulletin, “Behavioral Interviewing 2.0: Using Structured Panel Interviews to Identify High Performers and Eliminate Bias in Lawyer Interviewing” (February 2012)
- Bloomberg Law, “Everything You Think You Know About Lawyer Recruiting Is Wrong: The New Science of Evidence-Based Hiring Practices” (November 2011)
- The American Lawyer and Law.com, “Moneyball for Law Firms” (October 2011)
- West LegalEdcenter Newsletter, “Emerging Trends in Lawyer Development & Advancement” (December 2009)
- NALP Bulletin, “Moving From Lockstep to a Merit-Based Competency System” (September 2009)
Jennifer Winslow – Managing Director, OnRamp Fellowship
Jennifer Winslow began her legal career nearly 12 years ago as an associate at Morrison & Foerster. After practicing for six years, she refocused her career on attorney and law student recruitment and development, as well as diversity initiatives for the legal profession.
As a Managing Director for Major, Lindsey & Africa, Jennifer counseled lateral attorney candidates on their job searches and collaborated with law firms seeking to fill specialized roles. In the University of Colorado Law School’s Career Development Office, she managed the on-campus interview and judicial clerkship programs. While serving as the school’s representative to the Colorado Pledge to Diversity Committee, she worked with leaders of the state’s efforts to increase the number of underrepresented attorneys within the profession. Jennifer left Colorado Law in 2013 to found JLW Legal Consulting and soon after joined Caren Ulrich Stacy in launching the OnRamp Fellowship.
Passionate about helping attorneys find satisfaction in their careers, Jennifer has counseled more than more than 500 law students and attorneys on job search strategy, application materials, interview techniques, and being proactive in managing their careers.
- NALP Bulletin, “The No-Offer: 5 Steps to Avoiding a Bad Outcome – Or Ensuring the Best Version of the Worst” (May 2013)
- Amicus: University of Colorado Law School, “Building a Robust Legal Community: The Colorado Pledge to Diversity Legal Group and Dean’s Diversity Council” (Fall 2012)
- Amicus: University of Colorado Law School, “What it Takes to Be Marketable: Recent Graduates Comment” (Spring 2012)
- Co-author, California Lawyer, “Ask the Expert: A Call to Service” (October 2009)
Memberships & Professional Development Activities
- National Association for Law Placement, Member, 2011-2014
- Denver Area Legal Recruitment Association, Secretary, 2012-2013; Member, 2011-2013
- American Bar Association, Member, 2011-present
- California Bar, admitted December 2002 (inactive status)
Karen Trojanowski – Director of Talent & Coaching, OnRamp Fellowship
Karen Trojanowski (“KT”) has a decade of experience counseling thousands of law professionals on career navigation, job search strategy, application materials, interview techniques, and salary negotiations. During her tenure at University of Colorado Law School, KT held a number of positions, including Externship Program Director, Director for Public Sector Careers, and Associate Director of Career Development. Most recently she served as the Director for Alternative Careers where she focused on helping students pursue non-traditional opportunities in compliance and risk management, contract facilitation, entrepreneurship, healthcare, energy, and technology. She also served on four hiring search committees and led the search for the Director of Private Sector & Judicial Clerkships in 2013.
Originally from Princeton, New Jersey, KT received her A.B. from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor in 2000 and her law degree from the University of Colorado Law School in 2004. She served as a volunteer family law attorney for Boulder County Legal Services for over five years, and in 2010 she handled pro se divorce, child custody/support, and post-decree matters for Denver District Court as their pro se case manager. KT is also certified to administer the Strong Interest Inventory assessment.
Jennifer has extensive experience as the head of talent management in the legal and energy industries. After stepping down as Matador Resources Company’s Vice President of Human Resources and Administration, Jennifer began a successful consulting company that assists organizations with the recruitment, development, and advancement of high performers. Prior to that, she served as the firm-wide Director of Recruiting and Development for Baker Botts L.L.P where she managed and oversaw the law firm’s law school and recruitment programs and managed lawyer development, training and evaluation programs. From 1992 to 2014, Ms. Queen worked at McKenna Long & Aldridge, a 500-attorney law firm in Atlanta, Georgia, where she served as the Chief Recruitment and Development Officer. In that role, Jennifer led the firm’s recruiting, hiring and professional development efforts. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1989.
Courtney Dredden Carter – Director of Innovative Initiatives, Diversity Lab
Courtney began her career as an associate at a mid-sized law firm in Birmingham, Alabama and after her time in corporate law, decided to focus her career on helping improve the legal profession. First, she managed a legal externship program and taught an externship seminar to law students that emphasized professional skills, career goals and professional development as a young professional. She then narrowed in on her passion, and began working to increase diversity in the legal profession.
Courtney worked as the NALP / Street Law Legal Diversity Pipeline Program Fellow for two years. During her time as the Fellow, she managed a national legal diversity pipeline program involving over 24 organizations. She trained over 85 lawyers and legal professionals on an annual basis on program implementation and diversity sensitivity. As a part of her fellowship, she also authored a weekly blog roundup of diversity news that reached over 300 legal professionals each week. Courtney understands firsthand how important diversity and inclusion are in the legal profession and is always interested in what organizations are doing to improve diversity and inclusion.
- NALP Bulletin, “What we Learned about Women’s Initiatives and Cultural Awareness at the 2014 Diversity and Inclusion Summit.” (August 2014)
- NALP Bulletin, “Should Your Organization Join an Existing Pipeline Program or Create its Own?” (June 2013)
- MS. JD Blog, “All About the NALP / Street Law Legal Diversity Pipeline Program.” (March 2013)