In seven years of writing this blog, I have turned down all offers of a guest post. Nothing personal, I have always wanted “Ten Things” to just be my thoughts. Today, I make an exception. Why? Because I think this is an incredibly important topic – one I have wanted to write about but knew I could never pull off. At its core, blog writing has to ring true and be based on experience or expertise to provide value. As a middle-aged, white guy, who grew up in Nebraska, I cannot write effectively about this topic. But my guest writer can. In fact, she writes the hell out of it. Still, I can say that I have seen firsthand much of what she sets out and 100% endorse what she is talking about. So, pay attention. If you are a woman, take these points to heart. If you are a man, do the same – maybe more so. It truly matters.
I have been fortunate enough to work for and with many great female executives, especially lawyers. I not only admire them for their brains, insights, and work ethic, but for their ability to find a way through the many obstacles that stand in their way, from outright misogyny to dealing with the disproportionate share of child care. My oldest daughter will start graduate school in the fall and my youngest daughter is at the University of Texas Law School, and I want both to have every opportunity to succeed in the business world on their merits. I hope they both turn out a lot like Talia whom I have known for a while now and already believe has more insight, ability, and talent than I had when I first became general counsel. I know you will agree and I hope that you will share this post with everyone you know.
I am excited and pleased that this edition of “Ten Things” discusses what you need to know as a woman in-house lawyer.