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Q Who’s inspired you along the way, and who continues to do so?
I would say, first and
foremost, my mother, who overcame
losing her husband at a time when she
had a relatively young family and
raised three kids with grace and
fortitude. She has been a remarkable
role model in terms of her work ethic;
her commitment to family, friends,
and community; and her grace.
She’s also taught me that it’s really
important to have a strong network
around, and it’s OK to rely on
folks in that network, whether it’s
friends, professional colleagues, or
family. It’s important to take from
and give back to those people and
to be an active and productive
member of your communities.
As for other role models, I’m going
to give a shout-out to my kids,
who pursue their interests and
passions with unending energy and
enthusiasm. They each have issues
and interests about which they’re
passionate. They’ve shown the ability
to take risks, to persevere and to really
be strong advocates for issues and
strong pursuers of their interests,
and to be young people with great
convictions. I give them a lot of credit
for that. They are 19, 16, and 13 – my
oldest is a boy, then two girls.
They definitely keep me busy. As I
say, it’s my other full-time job, and
I wouldn’t trade it for anything!
Q What advice would you have for someone who was new to the
industry or was thinking of getting
into the industry?
Picking up on one of the
things I learned from my mother, this
notion of having a strong network or
community around you is important.
Consistent with that theme, there are
two things that I would say. The first
is find a good mentor. Your mentor
has to be someone who can and is
willing to take the time to educate and
promote you and your career and is
somebody who is a giver and not just
a taker. I’ve been fortunate to have
two wonderful mentors in my career.
The first was a commercial litigator I
practiced with at two different firms.
He taught me an awful lot about the
litigation process and how to think
about problems from the perspective
of a client but also how to be a
creative and out-of-the-box thinker.
Then here at Day Pitney, I’ve been
fortunate to work very closely with
Jim Tancredi, who is in my mind
one of the most remarkable lawyers
I’ve ever seen, both in terms of his
creativity and out-of-the-box thinking
and his commitment to getting to the
right resolution and his ability to be
strategic in how you go about that.
I’ve learned more from him about
strategic thinking than from anybody
else in my career. I think having
those mentors has allowed me to
succeed in a way I otherwise couldn’t,
and I hope others will speak about
me in the same way in the future.
The second thing, as far as advice
goes, is that it’s critical to find people
you really like to work with. Most
people spend more time at work than