The LWOW experience happens in teams and each person on the team has an assigned role. Each team is comprised of 2 Team Leaders, 1-2 Topic Experts, 3 law + business students, and 2-3 Mentors. Roles can vary year to year, and, oftentimes, one member of the community will take on multiple roles; however, the following summarizes each role:
Hackers/Doers (Law or Business Student):
Selected and assigned by the LWOW leadership team (although Sponsors can request certain schools/areas).
Answer to the direction of and work within the culture and expectations set by the Team Leaders (think of Team Leaders as bosses/primary mentors). They incorporate guidance, feedback, and expertise of Topic Experts and Mentors throughout the LWOW process.
Responsible for meeting LWOW- and Team Leader-set deliverables while driving the problem fine tuning, investigative research, idea generation, target audience identification, business case development, and concept creation.
Time commitment: Approximately 4-10 hours per week (including Deliverables, checkpoint meetings, LWOW Live webinars, and team meetings)
Selected by the sponsoring corporation/firm to serve as project leaders for their LWOW team. They can come from within the sponsoring entity or the internal or external clients of the sponsor.
Guide the Hackers’ research methodology and outreach, oversee project development and management, aid the team in developing creative and practical solutions to the problem identified, provide critical feedback and commentary on the Hackers’ work, guide the development of the final dynamic presentation, practice mock presentations with Hackers, rehearse with the team the day before ConPosium, and present half of the final presentation at ConPosium and participate in the Q&A as needed.
Responsible for making sure the Hackers do the requisite work to meet the challenge presented to the team. They also provide mid-stream progress/feedback on their team.
Time commitment: Approximately 2 hours per week. This includes: responding to emails, meeting with the team, and meeting with the LWOW Leadership team during some of the milestone meetings. At a minimum, Team Leaders should plan on having a virtual meeting with their team every other week. They are invited—but not required—to attend the LWOW Live webinars.
Selected by the sponsoring corporation/firm specifically for their understanding of the business and the subject matter of the topic/challenge. They can come from within the sponsoring entity or the internal or external clients of the sponsor.
Lead and mentor the team by enhancing the team’s understanding of the nuances of the problem.
Identify resources and people that can help the team gain the necessary corporate and industry knowledge.
Advise the team about the proposed solution to ensure that it solves the business challenge in a valuable and viable way.
Time commitment: Approximately 1 hour every week to respond to or meet with the team virtually and with the LWOW Leadership team during some of the milestone meetings. Topic Experts are invited—but not required—to attend the LWOW Live webinars, to participate in rehearsal before ConPosium, and to present half of the final presentation alongside the Team Leaders.
Mentors (Academic, Business, Entrepreneur):
Volunteers selected based on their special expertise in the topic and/or in LWOW.
Provide guidance on problem solving, research, and professional growth and generally use their experience and connections to support the team on their journey.
Time commitment: Approximately 1 hour every other week to meet with the team virtually. Mentors are invited—but not required—to attend the milestone meetings with the LWOW Leadership team, the LWOW Live webinars, and rehearsal before ConPosium. Mentors do not present at ConPosium, however, they are strongly encouraged to attend.
Selected on a volunteer basis based on their expertise in LWOW.
Monitors team progress by ensuring their team is on track towards meeting their deliverables; e.g., Have the Hackers held regular meetings with the Team Leaders, Topic Experts, and Mentors? Have the Hackers turned in their deliverables on time? Have the Hackers conducted qualitative research
Serves as a resource to the Team Leaders in project management.
Assists the team in preparing for ConPosium; e.g., screening their team’s presentation for errors, checking for requisite quality and substance (including financial information, animations, videos, etc.), holding extra practice sessions with teams, and providing on-the-spot feedback, etc.
Time commitment: Approximately 10 hours over the course of four months. Alumni Advisors are encouraged—but not required—to attend the milestone meetings with the LWOW Leadership team and the LWOW Live webinars.
External Pitch Coaches:
Selected on a volunteer basis from a diverse array of legal and non-legal backgrounds based on expertise in pitching new business ideas, creating/running/counseling start-ups.
Watch and critique teams’ mock pitches before the final event in order to help improve the substance, viability, creativity, and presentation style.
Time commitment: A minimum of one 60-minute block to provide feedback (virtually) to two different teams over the course of 4 months
External Branding Coaches:
Assist teams in constructing the branding of their Projects of Worth.
Time commitment: Each branding coach meets for at least one hour with half of the LWOW X and half of the LWOW O teams (approximately 14 teams). They also rehearse with the teams the day before the ConPosium.
External Business Planning Coaches:
Assist teams in constructing their Project of Worth's business case.
Time commitment: A minimum of 120 minutes. Most Business Coaches volunteer to assist several teams over the course of 4 months and meet with teams multiple times throughout the LWOW experience.
External Tech-Engineer Coaches:
Assist teams in building the technology to bring their Projects of Worth (or prototypes) to life.
Time commitment: A minimum of 90 minutes. Most Tech Coaches volunteer to assist several teams over the course of 4 months and meet with teams multiple times throughout the LWOW experience.
External Teaming Coach:
Works with all teams to promote individual emotional intelligence and a collective, cohesive, healthy group working dynamic.
Serves as a resource and cultural compass for teams as they navigate the LWOW process.
Time commitment: Varies by year based on team needs.
Attend KickOff and decide on their own whether to continue to support the team.
Provide guidance and mentoring based on own expertise.
Time commitment: Varies by year based on Booster availability and goals.
LWOW Webinar Thought Leaders:
Selected on a volunteer basis from a diverse array of legal and non-legal backgrounds based on their knowledge from their professional and personal experiences to enrich the LWOW Community in developing their 21st Century professional skills.
Deliver the content of LWOW Live webinars.
Time commitment: Approximately 1.5 hours total (20- to 30-minute presentation over the course of a 60-minute session, plus an hour of session planning and training with our online classroom software).
Selected on a volunteer basis from a diverse array of legal and non-legal backgrounds.
Watches the team present their Project of Worth, and then, in 5 minutes or less, asks questions and provide constructive feedback on at least three factors: substance, creativity, and viability. Absolutely no preparation is needed.
Time commitment: The entire experience (team presentation, judge’s feedback, and audience voting) lasts just under an hour for each presentation.