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Bracewell & Giuliani Hosts Minute Mentoring® in New York City

September 21, 2010

HOUSTON  Sixty of New York's future women leaders will gain the unique perspectives and advice of some of the country's most successful women in politics and business at Minute Mentoring® taking place today at the New York offices of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP. The event will begin with Bracewell & Giuliani Name Partner and former Mayor Rudy Giuliani "blowing the whistle" to kick off a series of 10-minute mentoring sessions.

Former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino teamed up with Bracewell & Giuliani's Susan Molinari and Dee Martin to create Minute Mentoring®, a unique, round robin-style forum in which accomplished female professionals share their experiences with their young professional counterparts during the rapid-fire meetings. The New York event will include some of the country's most accomplished professionals. Mentors will include leaders from Dylan's Candy Bar, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FOX News Channel, Harper's Bazaar, Burson-Marstellar, AECOM, CNN American Morning, Glamour Magazine, Ondine Karady Design, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Toyota Motor North America, Inc., and FORTUNE, among others.

"Mentoring opportunities for young women are too few and far between," said Minute Mentoring® founder Dana Perino. "Supply can't keep up with demand and Minute Mentoring® is a program that brings together women of exceptional accomplishment with younger women anxious to follow in their footsteps. The response of the mentors has been overwhelming, their enthusiasm is catching and their commitment is humbling."

The New York event builds on the success of the first Minute Mentoring® event, held at Bracewell & Giuliani's Washington, D.C. office in November 2009, and subsequent events in Houston and San Diego.

"We've come a long way in the workforce, but that doesn't mean we don't still have to overcome more hurdles—lots of them," said Susan Molinari, former Member of Congress and senior principal at Bracewell & Giuliani who worked with Perino to develop the Minute Mentoring® concept. "The mentors participating have broken barriers to be successful, and they're anxious to share their experiences with those who will benefit. Our experience from doing these events is that both mentees and mentors learn something from one another. One of our goals is for mentees to possibly discover a talent or opportunity they may not have recognized previously."

Twenty mentors will meet with 60 mentees, who rotate to new mentors every 10 minutes. After sharing experiences and best practices regarding career and leadership goals, the event concludes with an opportunity for everyone to network.

"Bracewell's New York office is proud to host Minute Mentoring®," said Rudy Giuliani. "The feedback from both mentors and mentees when we hosted this event in our Washington, D.C. and Houston offices was great, and we look forward to continuing to expand the program to other cities across the country."