Cassandra Suzanne Pillonel

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Creative problem solver Cassandra Pillonel, in brief.

Cassandra Suzanne Pillonel

Home: Austin, TX.  Birthplace: California.  Profession: Legal.  Organization: McGinnis Lochridge.  Title: Attorney Development and Recruiting Manager.  Pronouns: She/Her/Hers. Alma mater: Southern Methodist University (J.D.); University of Texas at Dallas (M.A., B.A., summa cum laude).

Current project: DE&I initiatives.  Recent professional development: Recently named to the Board of Directors of Travis County Women Lawyers Association.  Hobbies: Reading, wine tasting, cooking, travel.  Recently viewed and recommended: Falling for Figaro.

Personality profile: Creative, empathetic, analytical, persuasive, happy, inquisitive.  What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Generous.  How do you define an ideal business relationship? Built on trust.  What natural talent have you neglected? As a gifted writer.  I have an idea for a novel that I have yet to sit down and write.  What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? Sommeliers.  What is at the top of your bucket list? Bora Bora.  How do you relieve stress? Spa treatments.  What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? Education.  I seek to learn something new on each trip I take.

What was your favorite college course? Literature.  What book have you repeatedly read? A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole.  What movie have you repeatedly watched? All About Eve.  What’s prominently featured on your home or office wall? Artwork by Joan Miro. What’s the best advice you received in your career? Listen more than you speak.  What is your go-to source of news and information? The New York Times.

What change are you working on to effect in your profession or field?

Greater diversity within the legal profession.

What widely held belief do you reject? A workaholic is a more committed employee than others. What mega-trend most concerns you? I worry about the impact of social media on our self-esteem.

What title would you choose for the movie about your life? An Education.  How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? At home with my husband and pets. Cooking and conversation, enjoying a glass of wine and a beautiful sunset. What advice would you give your younger self? Worry less.  What day in your life would you choose to re-live? The first day of law school.  It was inspiring and impactful.  I’d love to be there again. What period in your life would you do differently, if you could? My twenties.  I stressed so much and enjoyed so little.  I wish that I could go back and truly enjoy the ride.

Personal mission: DE&I.  Personal motto: People matter.  Desired epitaph: Did everything there was to do; saw everything there was to see; most of all, had fun.

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