Centeno has made it a precedence to provide youthful attorneys alternatives to develop of their present roles and develop management experiences of their very own. Examples of this embody passing his seat on the Philadelphia Range Legislation Board to a various feminine legal professional, sharing talking alternatives with organizations such because the Affiliation of Company Counsel with associates, guiding and supporting attorneys of their promotions, permitting youthful attorneys to pitch new enterprise on the Minority Company Counsel Affiliation and extra.
Certainly one of Centeno’s mentees, Charlene Gedeus Barker, has been vocal about how he has helped her thrive in her profession. “Joe is continually considering of how to make sure that I’ve a seat on the decision-making desk and extra importantly, a voice,” Charlene said. “He has given me alternatives inside the agency to steer litigation, interface with purchasers and positioned me able to be promoted to counsel and later shareholder. He has additionally advocated for me outdoors the agency, sponsoring my software to the Nationwide Employment Legislation Council’s academy the place I get to have direct interplay with in-house attorneys and main minority labor and employment protection legal professionals from throughout the nation. Merely put, I’d not be a Shareholder as we speak with out Joe’s intentional and strategic mentorship,” she added.
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