For over 20 years, as a former senior legal officer for a Fortune 50 company, I successfully developed, coached and transformed talent in corporate America and law firms, as well as provided strategic legal and risk mitigation advice to financial institutions. As a former senior in-house attorney, I developed talent, strong leaders and teams. I understand what clients are looking for with the lawyers and law firms they hire.
I created programs, conducted training and have been called upon to be a special guest speaker on panels with regard to talent, business development, leadership, diversity as well as insurance, litigation, and regulatory issues.
Today, as a coach and career consultant and Chief Talent & Leadership Officier of another organization, I specialize in lawyers and law firms with a particular focus on the skills and attributes essential to business development, including building a strong network and memorable professional brand.
My passion is helping individuals and businesses realize their full potential. I work with individuals at all levels of experience, including seasoned partners growing their practices or addressing mid-career challenge, young partners building a book of business or associates growing their professional networks, reputations and client development skills, as well as corporate associates who want to develop their leadership skills and reach the next level.
Leveraging my vast experience in the financial sector and, in particular, my years in insurance, I also serve as an expert and consultant on litigation, compliance, investigations, regulatory and risk mitigation issues. My objective here is to provide end to end client-focused services and solutions.
Corporate Counsel and Inside Counsel recognized me for my commitment to advancing the empowerment of women in law with their Women, Influence, Power in Law Life Time Achievement Award for Inhouse Counsel. I was recognized by the Women’s Venture Fund which awarded its the highest honor, the Leaf Award. I was named a Most Influential Irish Woman by the Irish Voice, a Leading Women Lawyer in New York by Crain’s New York, and a Business 100 honoree by Irish America. I have received the Litigation In-house Award at the American Women in Business Awards, the Virginia S. Mueller Outstanding Member Award from National Association of Women Lawyers, and a First Chair Award for my work, innovation, and contributions to the legal community. I have also been honored to be named on the DataBird Business Journal 2019 list of Inspiring Female Entrepreneurs.
During my free time, I focus on organizations that help individuals, in particular women and girls – to provide guidance to enable them to develop to their fullest potential. I was an executive sponsor of a Fortune 50 US Women’s network during which we revamped and re-branded the organization. I am a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Women Lawyers and Powerplay, empowering and developing underserved girls. I also co-chair CARE’s Women’s Network – New York and serve on the advisory board of Transforming Women’s Leadership in the Law. I am also a former member of the Board for Read Alliance. My commitment to helping others advance coupled with litigation expertise has been recognized several times by a number of organizations.
I am a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where I served on the Comparative Labor Law Journal and the School of Management at the State University of New York at Binghamton and graduated magna cum laude. I also completed the Co-Active Training Institute’s Coach Training Program and anticipate certification in the first quarter, 2020.