My Special Counsel #CEO1Month Journey


Yolian Ogbu

Yolian Ogbu is Special Counsel's candidate for the 2018 CEO For One Month bootcamp.

Just as I was wrapping up my first year of college with two semesters under my belt, I was craving a new challenge to kick off my summer. Scrolling on Facebook brought me to a shiny, promising ad that eventually got me to where I’m sitting now, as one of the eight finalists in Adecco’s CEO1Month program. Fortunately, I was given the opportunity to shadow Laurie Chamberlin, the President of Special Counsel headquartered in Washington, D.C. As a political science major (doubling in communications) with a legal studies certificate, I was ecstatic to be matched with someone that I could be working with in the future that would provide me some expertise on my future career.

It’s only been a few days and I’ve already gained incredible insight into Special Counsel. As well as how the staffing, business, and legal departments operate, I’ve been able to learn exactly how the senior level executive team keeps a Fortune 500 Company operating with their daily tasks and demanding leadership. It’s been a surreal journey to get here, but I’m very excited for what’s to come.

Day 1:

I kicked off my first day with the DLR team’s board meeting where I got to see the organizational structure behind the perm & retail side of Special Counsel, and to help conduct interviews with candidates. Following that, I got the opportunity to listen in on a really interesting meeting regarding doc reviewers with Amy Griggs.

Then I sat in on a senior leadership call with Laurie Chamberlin where I was encouraged to share my opinion. And before the day was over, I listened in on the National Partner Group call where I learned so much about the recruitment process, fee agreements, etc. Day one was definitely jam-packed with information in the best possible way.

Key Learnings: Communication is key! With branches and colleagues all over the country, and multiple different business units to manage, it is critical to stay in contact with your peers to share thoughts, ideas and to bounce ideas off your network.

Day 2:

I started my morning off with meeting Senator John Cornyn, the second highest ranked senator in the United States, on Capitol Hill. I was able to share some information about Adecco Group’s CEO1Month program. It was definitely an experience I’ll never forget! Following my Capitol Hill visit with Laurie, we headed back to the office where I met and had lunch Jen McNinch. It was with her that I was able to learn about the ins and outs of the sales department within the legal staffing industry. We then did some client visits and I was able to check out the Doc Review Center as well as Alderson Court Reporting, which was very cool to say the least. And to end the day, I went on tour of the historic monuments in the Capital!

Key Learnings: You can’t succeed without having a true customer-focus. Truly understanding their business and anticipating their needs is the key to having a successful business.



What I’ve Learned From This Experience So Far

From speaking with the senior leadership team, to working with various departments (DLR, ASD and D4), I’ve learned so much regarding key components of entrepreneurial success, and the importance of company culture! My voice felt heard at all levels and was always encouraged to add my input to conversations by amazing women like Laurie Chamberlin, Amanda Ellis, and many others! From marketing all the way to recruitment, everyone was so eager to show me the ropes in their respective departments.

I’ve been able to gain incredible C-Suite access, something that an 18-year old can only imagine.

I learned how important the work environment is towards productivity and overall happiness and when the time comes, I will be confident as ever entering the workforce.

What’s even more crazy is that I’ve been able to get a glimpse in the corporate world through such a special lens because in a company like Special Counsel, I felt so welcome and right at home.

Now I feel more ready than ever to represent Special Counsel in the 2018 CEO1Month bootcamp in Jacksonville! I am forever grateful to have had an amazing experience in D.C. with the entire Special Counsel squad.

Follow the rest of my journey with the hashtag #YolianforCEO1Month

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