In My Own Words:
I am a lawyer that is dedicated to helping other lawyers find happiness and health in the practice of law. I am a certified professional coach specializing in leadership and executive skills for lawyers and C-Suite professionals. I worked with attorneys and other professionals one-on-one and in group settings to create plans for success for themselves or their teams.
I’m a professional development and well-being specialist at an AmLaw 100 Firm. In my position, I’m responsible for creating, designing, teaching, and managing the firm’s in-house leadership education program, firmwide Well-Being 360 program, and assisting the Women’s Leadership Committee in supporting, training, retaining, and promoting our women. I’ve worked with our practice group leaders on training at their retreats, for our partners, and for smaller groups. I’ve also assisted in evaluation processes, mentoring program, compensation,and CLE.
Lawyer well-being is more than just a buzzword for me – it is a necessity. I believe that helping lawyers to gain leadership skills not only leads to better work for clients but to a better and healthier profession overall.
I’m actively involved with the American Bar Association, a member of the Advisory Committee for the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs, a member of NALP’s Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being, Co-Chair of the Well-Being Committee of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, and a co-author of the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being’s 2017 Report – The Path to Lawyer Well-Being – Practical Recommendations for Positive Change.
In 2018, I was elected as a fellow to the American Bar Foundation in recognition of my contribution and research in social science and the law.
In 2019, I began my doctoral degree in Positive Organizational Behavior looking to focus on lawyers, leadership, and well-being. My hope in my research is to find proven, evidence based strategies that help to move the needle in a positive way for the profession, lawyers I work with, and in the end, the public at large.
It is important to h me to be involved in my community as well and I volunteer time each month with Stand Up for Kids, Wills for Heros, and WITs. I also volunteer when possible with various pro bono organizations.
Courtney Wylie – Background
Prior to her current position, she worked at the University of Chicago Law School as the Associate Director of Student Affairs & Programs. In this position, Courtney Wylie was primarily responsible for the Keystone Leadership and Professional Program and the Kapnick Leadership Development Initiative.
As an attorney, she practiced in both the private and the public sector. Most recently, she was an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois. Courtney practiced in the General Law Bureau — Torts Division representing State actors and agencies in civil torts litigation. Previously, in private practice, she defended claims in professional liability matters and medical malpractice. She also represented comprehensive general liability insurers in complex coverage disputes and bad faith litigation. As an associate attorney, she represented professionals in disciplinary disputes before state professional regulation and licensing boards.
Based on nominations by her peers and in recognition of her professional achievements, Courtney Wylie was named to the 2014 & 2015 Super Lawyers list of “Rising Stars,” an honor accorded to only 2.5% of lawyers in Illinois (age 40 and under).
Claremont Graduation University, PhD (Current)
DePaul University College of Law, JD (2010)
Certified Professional Coach – Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) (2017)
Location: Los Angeles, California/ Chicago, Illinois