New York LBDC Photos

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 LBDC (New York) 


On Tuesday 11 November 2014, the  New York chapter of the LBDC | Lawyers’ Business Development Club |  held its third exclusive guest speaker event in the Big Apple.

Our thanks to Clifford Chance (the global law firm) for sponsoring and hosting us at their offices on 31 West 52nd Street.

Maria Konnikova, Author of the New York Times Bestselling Book: Mastermind 

Our guest speaker was the fab MARIA KONNIKOVA author of “Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes” (a New York Times bestseller).   (Photo credit: Margaret Singer and Max Freeman).

Maria gave us a fascinating Talk entitled:

How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes

LBDC:  Photos

For those of you who were unable to join us in New York, you may be interested to see some of our photos.

What our Guests said:

“It was great meeting you this morning, thanks again for the invite. Maria was extremely interesting and I’m looking forward to reading more of her work.  And perhaps practicing a bit more mindfulness… (without falling asleep at work!!).  Congrats on a successful event, apologies we had to leave early.  Let us know next time you are in New York, would love to meet up again for a coffee or something.”

“It was lovely meeting you Colin!  Maria was a great speaker, I thought it was a fascinating lecture. Hopefully see you next time you’re in NYC.”

“Thanks very much Colin for the invitation to the LBDC event at Clifford Chance yesterday.  Fascinating Talk.  I bought a copy of Maria’s book and I started reading it on the subway on the way home yesterday! Enjoying it.  Well done on your successes with the LBDC.  Hope to see you in New York soon.”

“Hi Colin, sorry, myself & [  ]  rushed off without saying goodbye to you!  Interesting talk this morning so thanks for the invitation.  Have a safe trip back & we’ll see you in hopefully in the Big Apple again soon.”

“Colin, I have been meaning to drop you a line after the talk, which I very much enjoyed.  I wish you all the best with the LBDC and hopefully I will catch you again if you find yourself back in NYC organizing another talk in the future.”

“Hello there!  Have been watching all the LBDC notices with interest Colin.  Going from strength to strength, fair play to you.  Sitting with a friend of mine in NY who is telling me all about the fab new club she’s just joined for lawyers. Small world!! 🙂 

“Colin – Many thanks for the invitation.  Sorry to have missed this event. The book sounds very interesting. I will have to check it out.”


You may be interested to read some of the comments on Twitter below.  (If you use Twitter you can also follow the LBDC on this handle: @lawyersbdc )

“The most powerful mind is the quiet mind via @mkonnikova @Lawyersbdc @CC_US_PR  #NewYork.”   [via Twitter]

“We are not used to focusing on just one thing. @mkonnikova at @lawyersbdc #NYC at @CC_US_PR.”  [via Twitter]

“Take a lunch break.  Walks make you much more insightful & creative than looking at a comp screen @mkonnikova.”   [via Twitter]

“@mkonnikova speaking abt importance of focus, awareness and #mindfulness at @Lawyersbdc at @CC_US_PR.  #NYC # New York.”    [via Twitter]

“@mkonnikova telling us @Lawyersbdc that people become happier after #mindfulness practice. @CC_US_PR  #New York.”    [via Twitter] 

Maria Konnikova: Biography


Maria is a contributing writer for The New Yorker online, where she writes a weekly column with a focus on psychology and science, and is currently working on an assortment of non-fiction and fiction projects.

Her first book, Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes (Viking/Penguin, 2013), was a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into seventeen languages. Her second book, on the psychology of the con, is scheduled for publication by Viking/Penguin next winter.

Her writing has appeared online and in print in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, Slate, The New Republic, The Paris Review, The Wall Street Journal, Salon, The Boston Globe, The Observer, Scientific American MIND, WIRED, and Scientific American, among numerous other publications. Maria blogs regularly for The New Yorker and formerly wrote theLiterally Psychedcolumn for Scientific American and the popular psychology blogArtful Choice” for Big Think.

She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, where she studied psychology, creative writing, and government, and received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Columbia University.

She previously worked as a producer for the Charlie Rose show on PBS.

About Mastermind


“No fictional character is more renowned for his powers of thought and observation than Sherlock Holmes. But is his extraordinary intellect merely a gift of fiction, or can we learn to cultivate these abilities ourselves, to improve our lives at work and at home?

We can, says psychologist and journalist Maria Konnikova, and in Mastermind she shows us how. Beginning with the “brain attic”–Holmes’s metaphor for how we store information and organize knowledge–Konnikova unpacks the mental strategies that lead to clearer thinking and deeper insights. Drawing on twenty-first-century neuroscience and psychology, Mastermind explores Holmes’s unique methods of ever-present mindfulness, astute observation, and logical deduction. In doing so, it shows how each of us, with some self-awareness and a little practice, can employ these same methods to sharpen our perceptions, solve difficult problems, and enhance our creative powers.”

Sponsor: Clifford Chance (New York)


My thanks again to  Clifford Chance  for sponsoring and hosting the New York Chapter of the LBDC.

Clifford Chance also kindly sponsored and hosted the LBDC on Wednesday 18, June 2014.  Our guest speaker on that occasion was the author David Zweig of the highly acclaimed book: INVISIBLES.  Details on this link here.

More information

It would be great to see you at a future LBDC event in New York or at one of our events hosted at our Chapters in London, Dublin, Boston or Dubai.

If you would like more information, you can reach me on email at:

I hope to see you soon.

Colin Carroll

on behalf of the LBDC | Lawyers’ Business Development Club |


LBDC | Lawyers’ Business Development Club |


Telephone:   0044 7917 301 070




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Global Sponsor:   CityJet

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