ABOUT ELLEN OSTROW, Ph.D.,
Ostrow, Ph.D., CMC is a psychologist, executive coach, and
the founding principal of Lawyers Life Coach, LLC, a firm specializing
in leadership, business development, career, diversity and work/life
integration coaching for lawyers and consultation to legal employers.
She is particularly known for her work helping women and diverse
attorneys to overcome barriers to their advancement and to achieve
career success without compromising the quality of their lives.
She is also passionate about positive psychology and, where
appropriate, actively applies it in her work.
In the 90's, Ellen was in a full-time private practice seeing
clients in Silver Spring, MD and in Washington, DC.
Weary of struggling with managed care, she enrolled in the
very first Foundations Program, MCP 1, in 1998. Over time, her
choice of a coaching niche was influenced by the presence of
many women attorneys in her downtown-DC psychotherapy practice.
She recognized that, rather than seeking help for the kinds
of problems for which psychotherapy was designed, many of these
bright, high-functioning lawyers were trying to cope with the
challenges of working in an extremely demanding profession,
the norms of which reflected the lives of men far more than
those of women.
So Ellen founded Lawyers Life Coach LLC to provide professional
coaching services to women - and men - attorneys wanting to
achieve professional success without sacrificing those things
that made their lives meaningful and fulfilling.
Since founding Lawyers Life Coach in 1999, Ellen has gained
international recognition for her work advancing women in the
legal profession and on issues related to attorney well-being
and is truly deep
in her niche.
She has been invited to address the American Bar Association,
the National Association of Law Placement, the National Association
of Women Lawyers, the state bar associations of Arkansas, Connecticut,
Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas, the women's
bar associations of Birmingham, Alabama, the District of Columbia,
Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Texas
and Virginia, the Trial Lawyers Associations of New York, Ohio
and Virginia, the New York City Bar Association, the Judicial
and Bar meetings of the District of Columbia and New Orleans,
and the National Institute for Women Corporate Counsel, the
Georgia Association of Corporate Counsel and the Atlanta Association
of Corporate Counsel.
Ellen is particularly proud of her participation as a faculty
member in the Hastings Leadership Academy for Women Lawyers,
the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession's Women in Law
Leadership Academy, and the MIT Workplace's Advancing Women
in the Profession conference.
Ellen was honored to participate as the only non-lawyer and
non-Harvard graduate at Harvard Law School Celebration 55: The
Women's Leadership Summit. Presenting to the Department of Justice
Canada's Women of Justice Person's Day was another career high
point, as was her invited address to Yale Law School and the
University of Utah's Presidential Commission on the Status of
Ellen's newsletter, Beyond
the Billable Hour, has been reprinted by 30 print and
electronic legal publications throughout the world and in multiple
languages. She is a contributing author for The
New York Law Journal, Perspectives
(the publication of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession),
Times, the Complete Lawyer, Lawyers Weekly USA, Trial
Magazine and The Woman Advocate (2nd ed.).
Widely sought for press interviews, Ellen has been quoted in
the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Baltimore
Sun, PINK Magazine, Working Mother Magazine, MORE Magazine,
Health Magazine and Psychology Today as well as many
legal publications including the ABA Journal, Washington
Lawyer, Of Counsel, the Legal Times, Perspectives, the
Florida Bar News, California Bar Journal, and the Advocate.
Her work is described extensively in Sylvia Ann Hewlett's Creating
a Life and Joe Robinson's Work to Live.
Ellen is Co-Chair of the Board of the Third-Path Institute
and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Lawyers Assistance
Program of the District of Columbia Bar. She received her Ph.D.
in psychology from the University of Rochester in 1980 and her
coach training and certification from MentorCoach.
After earning her Ph.D., Ellen served on the psychology department
faculties of three universities and as a staff psychologist
in the counseling centers of four universities. She entered
full-time independent practice in 1987 and became a managing
member of a multi-disciplinary group psychotherapy practice
in Washington, D.C. and suburban Maryland until transitioning
into coaching and consulting.
Ellen lives in Silver Spring, MD with her husband of 25 years
and their two cats. Her son is entering his junior year at the
University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her step-daughter has an MBA,
works in the HR area and lives in Bel Air MD with her husband
and two beautiful children.