Ermias Abebe, a first-year Associate in Locke Lord’s Chicago office, recently participated in the Chicago Committee’s “Rate My Pitch” competition. The competition, which is typically limited to mid- and senior-level associates, provides instruction and learning for the skills and behaviors required for building successful business relationships. Associate participants are assigned to teams to practice scenarios that mimic real life encounters, from taking a partner/practice group leader to lunch through making a formal pitch to a real panel of in-house counsel in response to a mock RFQ for legal services. Ermias and his teammates were coached during a three-week period leading up to a final competition where he pitched to judges, including executives and in-house counsel at notable Chicago businesses such as McDonald’s, Cushman & Wakefield, Allstate and Anixter.
The Chicago Committee is a nonprofit, membership based organization founded in 1987. The organization seeks racial and ethnic diversity in the legal profession by collaborating with its law firm and corporate membership to: drive sustainable institutional change at law firms and corporate legal departments; provide professional development; and cultivate the community of minority lawyers through programming and leadership opportunities. Chicago Partner Ernesto Palomo serves as a member of the Chicago Committee’s Board of Directors.