Jennifer Rakstad is a certified career coach through the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara and International Coach Federation (Associate Certified Coach/ACC). Jennifer coaches and counsels attorneys on a wide variety of topics, including managing their careers, career planning, goal setting, and transitions to/from leave. Jennifer developed and leads two of Mayer Brown’s Career Development Initiatives, where she works with mid-level and senior associates to strategize about their careers and develop career and business plans. Jennifer also oversees the new associate integration program, the First Year “Fast Track” series, and delivers professional development programming on a variety of topics including Professionalism 101, Time Management, Career Planning, Drafting Effective Self Evaluations and Maximizing Feedback. Jennifer is a active member of the firm’s Committee on Professional Advancement, Women’s Initiatives Committee, and played a key role in developing and implementing the firm’s Mentoring Initiatives and Alternative Work Schedules policy. Prior to transitioning to her current role, Jennifer practiced in Mayer Brown’s Litigation group for several years and clerked for the Honorable Jaime Pieras, Jr. of the District of Puerto Rico in 1998 - 1999.