Home: Los Angeles, CA. Birthplace: Milwaukee, WI. Profession: Attorney. Organization: Miller Nash LLP. Title: Special Counsel. Significant other: Ryan Carroll, who is also my personal digital marketing spirit guide. Alma mater: The Ohio State University (B.A.); DePaul University College of Law (J.D.).
Current project: Developing business relationships in the cannabis and psychedelics industry. What’s been your big (or biggest leap)? I’ve taken a number of (what others might call crazy) audacious personal and professional risks, and I ended up exactly where I was supposed to be, in Los Angeles, serving emerging industries like cannabis and psychedelics. Recently viewed and recommended: I listen obsessively to the Tim Ferriss Show (podcast).
Personality profile: I’m an INTP, self-described as an extroverted introvert. What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Tenacious. How do you define a perfect friendship? Authentic and adventurous. What is your greatest fear? Failure was always my greatest fear, but I’m working to rewrite the narrative. As the Stoics say, the obstacle is the way. What is your guilty pleasure? Shavasana. How do you relieve stress? Running, yoga, and Transcendental Meditation.
What book have you repeatedly read? Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott. What movie have you repeatedly watched? Fight Club. What’s prominently featured on your home or office wall? Theodore Roosevelt’s “Man in the Arena” speech: “who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." What’s the best advice you received in your career? If it’s not a “hell yes,” it’s a no. What mega-trend most concerns you? Technology as a substitute for authentic human interaction.
To bring more women into leadership, and to promote flexibility and authenticity in the workplace.
As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A musician. I studied music in college but somehow ended up in law school. Long story. After your loved ones, what object would you first save from your burning home? The ones I love are the only things that matter. The rest is replaceable. What advice would you give your younger self? Be yourself and don’t apologize. What day in your life would you choose to re-live? My wedding day, on El Matador beach in Malibu.
Personal motto: Just be. Favorite quote: “Between stimulus and response, there is space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lives our growth and freedom” (Viktor Frankel).