When I graduated law school, I faced many of the challenges that other young attorneys encounter when they’re trying to build a practice and stand out in a competitive marketplace.
Although my immigrant family could not provide the platform of contacts and connections that often eased the transition for many of my colleagues, my family had instilled in me that if you work hard, everything is possible. This attitude gave me a competitive advantage.
My entire life, I have set my own goals, performed well, and placed all my interest and energy into succeeding. Without doubt, the powerful work ethic and relentless drive that I developed from an early age has served me well.
In addition to being key to my professional success, these characteristics are now enabling me to do something personally rewarding: serve as a mentor for my niece, who is currently in law school, and following my career choice.
How has education affected your career?
I was privileged to attend Yale Law School, which provided an excellent education and, most significantly, taught me how to think like a lawyer. I find that people ask me, even twenty years later, where I attended law school. My high-quality education has given me many opportunities.
What does it take to succeed and stay competitive in your position/field?
To succeed, you must love what you do, provide outstanding client service, and remain flexible to adapt to continuously changing dynamics in the profession.
What advice would you give young women building/preparing for a career?
Do what you love. No matter what career path you choose, if you love it, you will find the success you deserve.