Thought Leadership Coaching

Carol Frohlinger, J.D., is the exclusive, WILEF-endorsed gender parity thought leadership coach. Carol can be retained by a firm’s Executive, Management or Diversity Committee or Women’s Initiative to assist in identifying and remedying systemic workplace policies and practices that inadvertently create barriers for women who aspire to equity partnership.



Carol Frohlinger, a lawyer by background, is the President of Negotiating Women, Inc. The firm is well known as an advisor to law firms committed to retaining and promoting talented women into leadership positions. Coauthor of Her Place at the Table: A Woman’s Guide to Negotiating Five Key Challenges to Leadership Success, Carol offers “ruthlessly pragmatic” advice to firms that are committed to breaking glass to achieve an equal playing field for women. Her recent white paper, “Business Development in the ‘New Normal‘” was published by Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute and included recommendations for actions professional services firms can take to improve results for both men and women.

Carol is also the Practitioner in Residence at the Women, Leadership and Equality Program at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. She is an affiliated faculty member of the Simmons School of Management and teaches at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, ranked in the top 3 for Executive Education in the United States by the Financial Times. Formerly, Carol served on the faculty of the University of California, Hastings College of the Law Leadership Academy for Women. Frequently called upon to provide expert input by publications serving professional services firms, Carol also contributes articles to specialty journals such as Managing Partner and the ALM Law Journal’s Marketing the Law Firm.

Carol serves on the Women in the Legal Profession Committee of the New York City Bar Association and formerly co-chaired its Business and Leadership sub-committee. She co-authored “What You Need to Know About Negotiating Compensation“, a publication of the American Bar Association’s Presidential Task Force on Gender Equity and also served on the New York State Bar Association’s Task Force on the Future of the Legal Profession. Carol volunteers with The Thirty Percent Coalition, an organization with a mission to increase the number of women on the boards of America’s publicly held companies. She has been honored by The International Alliance for Women with its “World of Difference Award” and was named to the Top 50 Most Influential Women List by the Irish Voice.

Carol holds a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. She lives in New York City with her husband and is the proud parent of an adult daughter and son. She negotiates with each of them often!



The goal of the coaching is to work with your firm to support leaders committed to making systemic change. The approach employed is to identify factors and attitudes that impact the retention, and advancement of women in your firm and then to work with you to develop solutions tailored to your specific organizational needs. These may include:

  • Conducting inquiry by gathering data using a proprietary diagnostic survey, running focus groups as well as holding interviews with key stakeholders
  • Delivering a “Report of Findings and Recommended Solutions”
  • Educating senior leaders about gender diversity issues and the unintended consequences they produce
  • Offering an exclusive and innovative process firms can use to eliminate or mitigate systemic gender correlated disparities
  • Providing Communications Plan(s)
  • Establishing metrics to track success

Depending on the activities selected by the firm, the process usually takes from six months to a year to establish initially and then is supported as needed on an ad-hoc basis


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