I participated in Mountaintop’s Leadership and Business Development Academy along with several partners at our firm, and we were not disappointed. The Academy introduced the ideas and methods our young partners needed to feel confident about their business development efforts. For more experienced partners like me, the Academy presented a more deliberate and thoughtful approach to leveraging existing contacts and successes. My colleagues and I saw results almost immediately. Mountaintop’s approach works as long as you work the plan.
— Partner, Top-Tier Litigation Firm
Mountaintop has been a reliable, long-term partner for me. They truly understand the business of law. And I can always count on them to deliver memorable, practical guidance that attorneys across tenures can use right away.
— Kenya Woodruff, Partner, Deputy General Counsel & Chair of the Women’s Leadership Forum, Katten
Mountaintop’s virtual StrengthsFinder workshop is ideal for culture-building. It gave our new team a meaningful way to get to know one another and explore our collective strengths as individuals and as a department.
— Jonathan Aplin, VP of Marketing, Ardent Mills
As a marketing director for a regional law firm, Mountaintop helped us develop and execute a marketing strategy that addressed the needs of a firm experiencing hyper-growth. Precious’ advice was so revered, our team jokingly would ask “What would Precious do?” before making big decisions. A quick study, she was able to grasp the firm’s culture and goals in the early stages of our relationship. That understanding lead to a robust marketing program and long-term strategy.
— Miriam McHenry, Recruiting Manager, BakerHostetler
Our firm engaged Mountaintop for an unprecedented virtual group coaching experience. They were able to get the group talking and sharing while also maintaining the balance of ‘educating’ in a virtual setting. They were wonderful to work with and brought a lot of value to the firm.
— National Director of Talent Development, Am Law 50 Law Firm
Precious worked hard to understand what makes our firm tick and how to explain that to the outside world in a simple and compelling way. She nailed it.
— Mike Oldham, Partner, Reynolds Frizzell LLP
Precious has trained our Leadership Fellows on their Gallup Strengths for several years in a row, and her session is always a hit. Participants consistently remark that the session gives them the confidence and practical framework needed to leverage their talents.
— Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, Executive Director of Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network, NYU School of Law
Mountaintop delivered an impactful business development presentation that our conference audience really enjoyed. Attendees gave the workshop a perfect overall score, sharing they found value in having actionable steps and tangible things to do to build their brand and business.
— Julie Tran, Senior Director of Talent, Vinson & Elkins
The Mountaintop team facilitated a multi-phase project for our firm to address specific practice growth goals, with great results. They knocked it out of the park, taking us through client feedback and strategic planning processes. We now have concrete, focused plans that are tailored and practical to execute.
— Jason Waguespack, Managing Director, Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith
The Mountaintop team has been a great thought partner for me as a Chief Legal Officer at two companies. Most recently, Mountaintop facilitated an engaging strategy retreat for our global legal and compliance team. Their guidance helped us develop key legal reporting metrics that showcase the value we create and helped us identify opportunities to further support the company’s transformation strategy. Mountaintop also trained our team and coached each functional leader on how to leverage each person’s strengths to create a competitive advantage for the Company.
— Lanesha Minnix, Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary, Flowserve Corporation
Precious frames LinkedIn recommendations in a strategic context, addressing both the big picture and the tactical (with something for new users and power users alike). Her presentation was perfect for our audience of senior finance executives. Insightful, high energy, recommended!
— Kathleen McAllister, Career Services Chair, Houston Chapter – Financial Executives International
Mountaintop gave us concrete recommendations on how to articulate our unique value in a straightforward and genuine way. The feedback they synthesized for us from various stakeholders has helped inform our strategic planning for the future. Their advice is actionable and their work product top-notch.
— David Baay, Managing Partner, Houston Office, Eversheds Sutherland
Mountaintop’s approach was ideal for achieving results in our division. They have completed multiple important projects for us. On each project, their consultants developed innovative, practical solutions while operating as seamless members of our cross-functional team.
— Vice President, Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ)
Mountaintop Consulting quickly mastered my practice and market. Within weeks, they had assessed where I stood within that market and had a plan to differentiate me. Together we created a specific business-development plan that fit my personality. I have been following that plan, and the results continue to exceed my expectations.
— Dane Ball, Partner, Smyser Kaplan & Veselka L.L.P.
Mountaintop’s Thinking Like An Owner training provides the practical tips and warm encouragement associates need to be proactive and accountable for themselves professionally. We engaged them for a live, in person presentation at our new associate retreat and provided the online course version to those who could not attend in person. Mountaintop’s combination of live and on demand training was a perfect solution for a law firm of our size and reach.
— National Director of Talent Development, Am Law 50 Law Firm
Precious is extremely engaging and provides practical advice that is easy to follow. Our organization engaged Precious to speak on ‘Strategic Planning for Attorneys.’ Her presentation was thought-provoking and gave our members concrete steps to advance their careers. If you are ready to take control of your career and achieve measurable results, Mountaintop Consulting will deliver.
— LaMonica Love, President, Association of Women Attorneys
Mountaintop’s live webinar on LinkedIn For Busy Professionals attracted over 150 registrants. Our members and partners from around the country greatly appreciated the session, calling it ‘wonderful – edifying, engaging, and succinct.
— Danni Breaux, Treasurer, Women In Public Finance – Texas Chapter and Associate, Frost Bank
Mountaintop Consulting did a fantastic job advising us on how to most effectively communicate with high net worth investors. Bringing a fresh perspective and a collaborative approach, they seamlessly worked with our team to develop and implement a simpler, but more high impact, approach that our investors loved.
— Erica Siegel Henning, Vice President – Real Estate Portfolio Management, Lionstone Investments
The Streamlined Action Planning Package was exactly what I needed to focus on concrete next steps and key conversations in preparation for a big promotion. Mountaintop’s understanding of the unique complexity of advancement once you’re already at a very senior level and their knowledge of the financial services industry made all the difference.
— Managing Director & Region Head, Leading Global Investment Bank
Mountaintop Consulting has been a true change agent for our business. They have a unique way of delivering a message that opens doors and motivates successful behaviors.
— Doris Bobadilla, Director, Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith
Mountaintop facilitated an empowering fireside chat on how to leverage diversity as a competitive advantage. The positive impact was immediate. Our professionals’ came away saying they would ‘own my actions/power no matter what’ and that they saw ‘the importance and value of using your differences as a strategic advantage at work.’
— Candace Campbell, Administrative Director, Greenberg Traurig
Precious’ legal industry expertise is invaluable to attorneys throughout the lifecycle of their careers. My firm engaged Precious twice to speak to law students on ‘The Business of Law.’ The audience raved that her presentation was ‘great overall,’ ‘had great pace and interaction,’ and was ‘very informative and enlightening,’ featuring ‘brutal honesty which was super useful.’ Precious delivers the engaging style and practical information you want from a keynote speaker.
— Amy Sladczyk Hancock, Director of Legal Talent and HR, McDowell Hetherington
Several of our students praised Mountaintop’s workshop on strengths-based leadership as a high point of our training program. Precious’ warmth was evident even in the virtual format, and they valued her insightful perspective on how to draw on their unique talents and each other’s.
— Executive Director of Leadership Center, Leading U.S. Law School
Mountaintop has been a valuable resource and thought partner to me as a Director of Diversity & Inclusion. Their speakers and coaches connect with our women and other diverse professionals and consistently deliver savvy, engaging programming. If you’re looking for a strategic partner to support your diversity and retention efforts, Mountaintop is it.
— Amber Haggins, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Katten
Precious has been a vital thought partner for me over the course of my career. My progress and her impact have been supercharged by her ability to quickly earn the trust of the entire C-Suite at my company.
— Leslie D. Hale, President and Chief Executive Officer, RLJ Lodging Trust (NYSE: RLJ)
Mountaintop brings deep industry knowledge and a real talent for developing and executing just the right solution for their clients. They are a pleasure to work with and add significant value.
— Partner, Boutique Law Firm
In Mountaintop’s presentation on Diversity for Competitive Advantage at our Firm Retreat, Precious and Rosa Maria talked about diversity in a way that was rooted in the business case. Starting with raw data and walking through trends and best practices to date, the presentation generated a meaningful and engaging discussion on a topic in which our firm is deeply invested and involved. The presenters’ insights as former in-house counsel and legal industry experts, paired with current trends in the space, provided new and innovative strategies that we look forward to incorporating in our ongoing D&I initiatives.
— Bob Angelico, Firm President & Managing Partner, Liskow & Lewis
Mountaintop Consulting has been an invaluable aid to my career. The in-depth personalized coaching has helped me be a more effective professional in how I deal with both internal and external matters.
— Vice President, Major Philanthropic Foundation
MTOP has helped me clarify what my priorities should be to achieve important life goals. Our work together has given me confidence about saying no to most uses of my time and yes to only those things that will enable me to achieve key goals.
— Chief Investment Officer, Private Equity Firm
Rosa Maria Villagomez is such an engaging speaker! In her presentation on “Personal Branding and Professionalism in a Diverse Workforce,” she taught our students how to present their best selves, both now and as they enter into a diverse workforce. She also gave them the tools needed to communicate their value and effectively connect with others in a professional, thoughtful way – I found myself wishing I’d had the opportunity to sit in on her session as I was beginning law school.
— Sarah Gerwig-Moore, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, Mercer University School of Law
Mountaintop Consulting is a team of highly trustworthy professional confidants. With completely personalized client service, the team helped me accomplish a great deal within my firm and develop a comprehensive plan for my practice and overall career.
— Corporate Partner, Leading Global Law Firm
Precious was my executive coach when I transitioned into the President role. I could not recommend her more highly. She gracefully strikes an important balance between advocating for her clients individually and doing the right thing for an organization.
— Tammira Philippe, CFA, President & CEO, Bridgeway Capital Management, Inc. and Bridgeway Funds
I’ve really appreciated my coaching sessions with Robert. They’ve helped validate and clarify my thinking.
— Assistant General Counsel, Global Energy Company
Mountaintop brought our entire firm from twelve offices together for an interactive, energetic virtual workshop that had 100% engagement. The training came at just the right time as travel and in-person contact were limited, and their experience providing virtual sessions made the process easy and straightforward. Highly recommend!
— Morgan Horvitz, Chief Client Relations and Business Development Officer, Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith
I found Mountaintop Consulting to be laser-focused in understanding our firm and what we had to offer and in helping us learn how best to communicate our expertise to our likeliest market.
— Founding Partner, Litigation Boutique
Precious is the best. I am confident when I refer lawyers who are ready to take control of their career that they are in good hands with Precious. She delivers results!
— Kathryn Holt Richardson, Founder and Principal HR Legal Search
The Mountaintop team deeply understands the demands senior executives face, and they pair that broad expertise with an intense focus on getting to know each company’s unique culture. That powerful combination has allowed Mountaintop to become a trusted partner to multiple members of our leadership team.
— Tammira Philippe, CFA, President & CEO, Bridgeway Capital Management, Inc. and Bridgeway Funds
Precious offers expertise in a way that brings out the best in others. She embraces change. She approaches challenging situations with a grace that inspires confidence and trust among even the most seasoned leaders.
— Tom Bacon, Co-Founder, Lionstone Investments
Mountaintop has an uncanny ability to break down intimidating challenges and make them approachable. During the course of a short workshop, they provided our attorneys with tools to build actionable plans and make a compelling case that “simple adds up
— Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Manager, AmLaw 200 Firm
Rosa Maria Villagomez and Precious Williams Owodunni delivered an energetic, engaging training session to our legal department on “Becoming A Trusted Business Advisor.” Having the viewpoints of both a former in-house counsel and an experienced business strategist was extremely valuable to help us understand how to effectively align our time and work with the business’s goals. In terms of content, the training was presented at the perfect level for our group. In fact, our team immediately used some of the strategies to gain insight from our CEO, in addition to walking away with other practical tools and approaches we can put into practice in the longer-term.
— Charity Kohl, Associate General Counsel, Finance & Corporate Secretary, LyondellBasell
Precious did a great job at balancing the realities of being a woman in law with the tools needed to assert yourself and dive into your strengths. Really embracing aspects of female leadership that people often shy away from, and being affirmative in the way that it was discussed was incredibly helpful and I learned a lot from it.
— StrengthsFinder Workshop Participant, Leading U.S. Law School
As someone heavily involved in professional development programming, I really appreciate the frictionless experience Mountaintop provides for trainings. I worked with them over two sessions for our DE&I Leadership program, and all the little things they do add up to an easy, seamless experience for both program administrators and participants.
— Erin Wilkins, DE&I Talent Development Analyst, Reed Smith
Mountaintop’s training on time, project, and relationship management was an invaluable addition to our legal department retreat. They encouraged us to revisit not only the way we work, but also the way we think. My team enjoyed the team building exercises and remarked on how they could apply concepts learned almost immediately. We look forward to working with the Mountaintop team again!
— Veronica Foley, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Precision Drilling Corporation
Feedback was so positive for the panel that Rosa Maria led on preparing for performance reviews that our community of diverse women attorney continue to request access to watch the recording. This is my second experience working with Rosa Maria and Mountaintop, having taken part in their small group coaching program. If you’re looking for a strategic partner to support your career advancement, Mountaintop is it.
— Bianca Roberson, Executive Director at the Downtown Group & Legal Counsel at Leading Global Energy Company
Mountaintop facilitated an interactive workshop on business development basics during one of our learning and development retreats for associates. They did an absolutely terrific job, from the planning and preparation stages to the actual presentation. On the organizational front, they made everything easy for our team—including having a COVID contingency plan in place to help us navigate the return to in-person programming.
— AmLaw Top 25 Law Firm
Precious worked with me when our business was growing and thriving and helped us understand where the business was headed. When I had to make some difficult decisions, she was a solid sounding board. Very helpful in good times and bad.
— Rick Burleson, Head of Oil & Gas Practice, Paul Hastings
Precious is an expert in business development. Her coaching was focused and powerful and led to immediate business generation results for me!
— Karima Maloney, Partner, Smyser Kaplan & Veselka L.L.P.
Precious is one of the most savvy marketing persons I know. She provides on-the-spot, intuitive and practical advice to lawyers about marketing. She understands lawyers. She is a lawyer. She understands business. She’s been at the top of business, too. She can see both sides and helps lawyers bridge the gap. I appreciate her insights every time we talk.
— Andrea "AJ" Johnson, Senior Director, Kane Russell, Coleman & Logan
Working with Mountaintop is always a pleasure. I appreciate their genuine and heartfelt commitment to their clients’ success while always maintaining the highest level of professionalism.
— Jodi Skorupski, Style Success Stylist and CEO
Summarizing 20 plus years of professional experience on a resume or CV can be hard, and there are few, if any, resume services that understand how to work with lawyers. Mountaintop Consulting is the exception. Precious and her team did an amazing job on a resume rewrite as well as updating my online profiles. They saved me time and angst. I highly recommend this portion of their service suite if you need a professional profile refresh.
— Sherry D. Williams, Fortune 200 Global Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer
After undertaking additional responsibilities, I was in dire need of coaching to manage my time efficiently while contributing to a new team and maintaining my current responsibilities. Holly took time in the beginning to understand my concerns and current practices and recommended realistic changes I could incorporate immediately. During our sessions, I felt comfortable asking questions and remained engaged the entire time because of Holly’s positive energy. Holly exceeded my expectations and gave me tools and helpful tips to maximize my time across both teams and reduce possible burnout. I had no idea Outlook could make such a difference in my productivity!
— Lucretia Stanfield, Accounting Manager, Arnold Ventures
Mountaintop has been a valued partner for many years. Mountaintop engages and educates attorneys at every stage of their career, from our Accelerate associates to our Power Summit GCs. Their warm, engaging delivery and insightful content are always spot on.
— Veronica Vargas Stidvent, Executive Director, UT Center For Women In Law
As part of our leadership program for diverse professionals, we partnered with Mountaintop to deliver workshops on business development and communication skills. The trainings featured solid, practical content delivered with a conversational approach that encouraged interaction and provided actionable steps to build competency in the areas covered. As one participant put it, they learned how to ‘approach business building more systematically and less ad hoc.’
— Iveliz R. Crespo, Senior Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisor, Reed Smith
Hiring Mountaintop Consulting to assist in my business development efforts was the catalyst I needed to move forward in marketing my practice in a meaningful way. The process was not easy, but the payoff has been significant, and the investment has proven worthwhile.
— Partner, Am Law 100 Law Firm
Precious Williams Owodunni is a fantastic speaker that keeps you engaged the whole time and provided great insights that can be applied every day! She was an interactive and energetic host for IAPG’s first webinar and shared highly useful and practical tips on personal branding and executive presence.
— Barbara Schwartz, IAPG Houston Deputy Director and Gasoline Trader, ExxonMobil
Rosa Maria was engaging, and the program content was relevant, practical, and tailored to our needs.
— AmLaw Top 25 Law Firm
Mountaintop presented an engaging, timely webinar to our clients and firm on “Latest Trends To Leverage Diversity For Competitive Advantage: What’s Working For In-House Counsel.” Their presentation was rooted in the business case for hiring diverse outside counsel and backed with data and best practices, making it accessible and tangible for audiences less familiar with the topic. It also spurred significant interest and conversation with our clients about new ways we can partner with them to advance their diversity and inclusion initiatives.
— Tiffany Davis, Shareholder & Chief Diversity Officer, Liskow & Lewis
We have engaged Mountaintop Consulting to coach several of our high potential managers and senior leaders, and our expectations are consistently exceeded. Precious is one of the most talented and well-rounded executive coaches and leaders I have ever worked with. She always delivers her best during each coaching session and continuously pushes her coaching clients to be the best versions of themselves. The Mountaintop Consulting team offers executive coaching that helps our leaders articulate clear goals and develop a focused, practical road map to attain them. As an intense, motivating accountability partner and coach, Precious will keep you laser focused on achieving your goals, and you will see positive change.
— Lesley Briones, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel, Laura and John Arnold Foundation
Precious provided practical, insightful advice on how to articulate my personal brand and identify my career path within a large company. In a very short period of time, she helped me define internal advancement goals that would capitalize on my strengths and my professional relationships.
— Auhona Hoq, Senior Reliability Engineer, OneSubsea (a Schlumberger company)
Our conference attendees loved Mountaintop’s fireside chat on authentic leadership, especially the candid anecdotes and practical insights gleaned from Precious’ diverse career and her work with high-achieving clients.
— Vickie Adams, Co-Director, Institute for Energy Law at The Center for American and International Law
Thank you, Precious, for sharing your hard-earned insights with our IEL community. You render goals out of dreams and realities out of wishes. I’m eager to level up my own professional journey with the benefit of your guidance.
— Bonnie Fraase, Session Moderator & Attorney, Yetter Coleman LLP
Mountaintop has been a training facilitator go-to for our Women’s Initiative Network (WINRS) for several years now. Their business development workshops pack a lot of value into a short timeframe. Participants particularly enjoy getting real time feedback and find the sessions ‘practical, actionable, and clarifying.
— - Dana Alvaré, Global Gender Equity Advisor, Reed Smith
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