We Really Can Accomplish Anything

Powerful female role models are critical to our professional success. Without them, it would be a challenge to believe that we also may be able to attain the same confidence, leadership, and accomplishment. The most influential female role models are those who are relatable. I have been extremely fortunate to have had not only one, but two inspiring female role models, who also mentored me.

My women-owned law firm, Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney, was co-founded more than 20 years ago by three lawyers, two of them women: Laura Hoguet, who was the first woman ever named a litigation partner at her former firm, White & Case; and Dorothea Regal, a nationally prominent insurance recovery litigator. They launched HNRK at a time when the only image of an elite litigator was a man at a large firm.

Through their courage, they proved to me that women can really accomplish anything. We can launch, manage, and grow our own firms. We can litigate and win cases. We can command board meetings. We can conduct sexual harassment investigations. We can advise general counsel of any size organization. And, among many other things, we can do it all while still being devoted daughters, mothers, and grandmothers.