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08/10/2018 11:03 AM | Deleted user

by Joelene Nel on Oct 2018

In 2018 local lawyers came together for support and learning from each other in the GCDLA mentoring programme – GLAD.

Gold Coast Lawyers Achieving Development [GLAD] is a GCDLA initiative which matches lawyers who are seeking support, guidance and mentoring with those lawyers offering their time, experience and knowledge. During the course of the year regular breakfasts were held where everyone in the GLAD programme met up to explore those connections. Outside of the breakfasts the mentors and mentees are encouraged to have on-to-one meet ups, phone calls and general ongoing communication.

At the first breakfast we shared answers to questions to help us to get to know each other :

  • What used to be your biggest weakness?
  • Is this where you thought you would end up?
  • Who else do you recommend I connect with?

During the year we welcomed guest speaker, Kylie Sprott, who shared with us some of the work she does as an inspirational leader and transformational business advisor.

GLAD members were also provided with resource material; a mentoring toolkit, to help them keep focused and work through developing their mentoring relationship.


Feedback from members of the GLAD 2018 programme included:

"My mentor has a nurturing personality. It is good to be able to ask questions as this is an uncertain process for me." - Mentee

"I really enjoyed the reverse mentoring aspect to this. Mentoring is a two-way street" - Mentor

"The structure of the programme is fabulous, especially with the breakfasts." - Mentor

GLAD is for those lawyers who want to have the opportunity to create connections, on a one to one basis, for their own wellness and for their personal and professional development.

GLAD is free to GCDLA members and there is no cost for the breakfasts. We have been fortunate to receive the support and sponsorship from Queensland Law Society for this initiative.

The GLAD programme has the support of the local legal community and of Her Honour, Chief Justice Holmes, who thinks it is an excellent initiative.

For those interested in becoming part of GLAD 2019, please go to our website.

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