Q & A
What does your typical day at the office look like?
I am fortunate to have a very diverse practice. On any given day, I could be working on an asset sale, negotiating a software license, drafting a lease agreement, working on a municipal bond financing, drafting an operating agreement, and a host of other matters. The variety makes each day unique, and it allows me to work with a wide array of clients and attorneys within the firm.
What is your favorite part about being an attorney?
One of my favorite parts of my job is working with women business owners and business leaders. They are breaking the mold in terms of traditional gender expectations, and they are carving a path for young women and girls who want to follow their example. I am inspired by women with entrepreneurial spirits, and I enjoy providing support to help them be successful in their respective industries. It is because of this passion that I am involved with Brazen St. Louis, a non-profit organization that provides resources to women entrepreneurs and women-led startups in the area.
What are some of the challenges faced by women business owners and leaders?
A simple internet search will bring up dozens of articles about the unique challenges that women business leaders face. Aside from the ever-present work/life balance conundrum, with which we all wrestle, often times women have less access to venture capital, difficulty identifying mentors, and breaking into certain business networks. That is why it is important to have a strong team behind you, including reliable professionals such as attorneys and accountants, who can support your vision and help you identify and prepare for opportunities to grow your business. One of my favorite quotes is from Oprah Winfrey, who says that “luck” is just the act of preparation meeting the moment of opportunity.
What do you like to do for fun?
My husband and I are big sports fans, so before we started having kids, we enjoyed attending Mizzou football games, Blues games, and Cardinals games. We participated in a bowling league and tried to golf as often as possible. We also enjoyed supporting the local restaurant scene and sharing a great bottle of wine. Since having kids, as it goes, my hobbies include playing dress-up, finger-painting, and watching Sesame Street.