During law school and early in my professional career, I was fortunate to have several mentors, in law and in business, who helped and influenced me to become the general counsel I am today. Now I have the privilege of mentoring others. Mentoring offers a unique opportunity to provide guidance to others who seek to expand their career horizons. At CA Technologies, we recently added a mentorship component to our worldwide law department. The mentorship program will help the participants identify and enhance professional skills that will assist in career and personal development, such as networking, negotiation and effective communication and gain relevant subject matter and organizational knowledge.
I do not believe in a single path to success; however, I do feel that accessibility can lead to opportunity which can result in success. I personally recognize the power of mentoring and understand that guidance and advice can positively shape people.
For more than two years I have been a member of the board of governors for Touro Law Center, a division of Touro College in New York. I believe that success for many aspiring lawyers begins during law school, whether it’s transitioning into the law school mindset, during the many difficult decisions students face throughout, or with the preparation of resumes and the sharpening of interview skills. Fundamentally, I think it’s critical to provide guidance and best practices to future generations of law practitioners.
Through my involvement with the board, I am able to help support a great learning institution, provide real life perspective to the types of curriculum offered, and to give back.
I also had the privilege of being part of a terrific program called DigiGirlz that CA Technologies supported, which is designed to provide high school girls with a better understanding of what a career in technology is all about.
In closing, my advice for women who are entering the workforce and for seasoned professionals is to always do your best and make yourself available to colleagues, regardless of their level, as we can certainly all learn from each other.