(CHICAGO) Katten announced today that the Kattalyst sponsorship program it launched last year as a six-month pilot to assist with the growth and development of its people, beginning with diverse attorneys, has been expanded and is now a yearlong professional development curriculum.

The program, administered in partnership with Mountaintop Consulting and Bunnell Idea Group, pairs senior associates and income partners as protégés with firm leaders and senior-level partners as sponsors. The more experienced attorneys use their insights and business relationships to open more doors to opportunities for those they sponsor. The goal is to improve the diversity of Katten's leadership ranks by offering training and coaching options that can enhance leadership and business development skills.

"Katten is fully invested in providing opportunities that help all of our attorneys excel, especially those who have had to overcome additional challenges in their lives and careers not seen by many of us," said Katten Chairman Roger P. Furey. "The Kattalyst sponsorship program is comprehensive in its support. Among other things, it empowers our diverse attorneys to build stronger business and career connections, preparing them (and Katten) for greater success."

Throughout the year, associates involved in Kattalyst create and work on business plans, receive one-on-one coaching sessions, practice mindfulness to increase their resilience, and learn about law firm economics and how to receive and solicit feedback, among a variety of other activities. Partners, who participate as protégés, gain a deeper understanding of billing credit, learn more strategies to grow their business portfolios, and learn how to deliver effective feedback, foster new relationships and strengthen existing relationships.