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CELEBRATING THE WOMEN WHO’VE GUIDED ME
As I sit down to write this, I am thinking about the fact that March is Women’s History Month. It seems like a good opportunity to recognize and appreciate the women who’ve been part of my life and who’ve helped me get to where I am today. Both my grandma and my mom have played definitive parts in guiding me as a business owner and leader. My grandma taught me to never give up, to stick to what I believe in, and to recognize the power of love. (In this edition, you’ll get to learn more about this amazing woman in a special tribute to her.) My mom shares many of these traits. She has always been supportive and been there for me, not just through my successes but also through my failures. While my mom has years of experience as a leader and business owner, she’s never forced her approach on me. Instead, she’s helped me learn from her experiences and given me the room to find my own way. She is always willing to listen and help me take stock of a situation without trying to make the decision for me. It goes back to the way she guided me through decisions when I was a kid. If I wanted to spend my money on something, for example, it was my decision, but she wanted me to have three reasons why. I’ll be honest — every time I haven’t done something my mom recommended, it turned out she was right. (Mom, if I haven’t told you that before, I figured this was a good chance to say it.) Still, I’m so appreciative of the fact that she trusts and respects my need to learn from my own mistakes. As you might remember, the No. 1 core value at BLF is family. It’s something my mom instilled in me early. She always found ways to keep us close-knit, even amid our hectic lives. She put a monthly camping trip on our schedules so we had designated time together. Those trips helped me see how important it is to make time for the people in your life.
been kind enough to serve as a mentor. Every time I meet with Amy, the first thing she asks is, “What can I do for you?” It means the world to me. She’s one of the most successful people I’ve ever met and an extremely talented attorney, yet she is willing to use that knowledge and experience to help others. I’m fortunate to say that attorney Lisa Blue, one of the most well- known, respected, and successful attorneys in the country, has also been a source of guidance in my career. Before ever meeting Lisa, I’d read her books and watched her seminars. She was like a mentor from afar. Then, my good friend and colleague Chris Hamilton connected me with Lisa, and she came to meet with me at my office to talk about cases, life, and the firm. Honestly, it was pretty surreal. There I was, in the early days of BLF, sitting down with one of the most respected attorneys to talk about law and life. That moment was definitive for me. I realized that once you meet someone who changes the game for you, it opens up doors you didn’t even know were there and shows you the unlimited possibilities. When it comes to my team, I’m fortunate to work every day with incredibly skilled, compassionate women. Rosie and Ashley have both stepped up and into their roles on our leadership team. They are building a legacy for women in the legal world in an industry that hasn’t always recognized them. I know Rosie, Ashley, and the rest of our team will continue to be sources of guidance and inspiration for other women, confirming that they too can be leaders, attorneys, and anything they set their minds to. I’m proud to know such incredible people who are helping to change the game for others.
Another woman who has been influential in my career is attorney Amy Witherite. I met Amy several years ago, and since then, she has
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