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The Rise of Business Minded General Counsels

“I was told there would be no math…”

Lawyers often joke that they went to law school because they thought it meant they would never see another math problem. However, as more companies move their legal departments in-house, these organizations need their head lawyer to be both legally and financially fluent. Initially, the move toward a robust in-house legal department was seen as a way to reduce overhead, but now companies are seeing the potential of legal departments to drive real value in their business.

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Resilience 101: Turning Your Setbacks into Superpowers

As a lawyer and entrepreneur in the financial services and technology space, I’ve been lucky to have many great mentors throughout my career – business leaders, senior lawyers, philanthropists, etc. Each has given me a slightly different perspective on success and how to achieve it. The common thread tying together each piece of advice has been that the secret sauce in success is not luck or money – rather, it is developing resilience.

Resilience is especially important now during this wild rollercoaster ride of COVID-19 lockdowns, job transitions, work-from-home requirements, and learning to hang on through it all.

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Why You Can’t Evaluate An Equestrian Based on How They Look

As someone who came to horseback riding later in life, I’ve often been intimidated by a sport where many of the athletes (especially those who have great “success” as it is conventionally defined) have been riding since they were able to walk. I worried that learning to ride at the age of 35 would mean that I’d never be “good.” I’ve since spent five years overcoming the difficulties of being a late-blooming equestrian and defining what “being good” at this sport means to me. This has presented me with some unique opportunities – and heartbreak – both in my riding career and my professional life.

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What Marathon Running Taught Me About Long-Term Goal Setting

On New Year’s Eve 1999, as the clock was about to strike on Y2K, I set a goal to complete a list of 50 challenges in the first decade of the new millennium. In 2009, I found myself staring down at the very last item on that list: Run the New York City Marathon.

At the time, I wasn’t much of a runner. In fact, I could barely squeak out a 5k. But I had always been someone who set big goals. So over the course of 2009, I put my head down and I did the work. I found a training plan and I raised the money to obtain a charity entry to the New York City Marathon. And on the eve of the expiration of my bucket list, I crossed the finish line of the 40th New York City Marathon.

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