Lisa Ann Cooney

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Philadelphia-based general counsel Lisa Ann Cooney, in brief.

Lisa Ann Cooney

Home: New Jersey.  Birthplace: Delaware.  Profession: Attorney.  Organization: Day & Zimmermann.  Title: SVP & General Counsel.  Preferred pronouns: She/Her.  Alma mater: Rutgers University.  Languages spoken: English.

Hobbies: Yoga, dogs, and watching British mystery and crime shows.  Recent travel or adventure: Traveling back to the office after an almost two-year pandemic hiatus.  Last book read: Less, by Andrew Sean Greer.  Recent unique acquisition: A fish tank, which I bought during a bout of insomnia.  It seemed like a good idea at the time.

Personality profile: Problem solver.  What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Loyal.  Moral compass: The Golden Rule: treat others as you would want to be treated.  How do you define a perfect friendship? Ride or Die.  How do you define an ideal business relationship? Teammates.  What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? Veterinarian.  What is at the top of your bucket list? Learning how to ride a horse.  How do you relieve stress? It used to be a vodka martini; now it's journaling and yoga.  What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? A beach!

What book have you repeatedly read? The Blue Book.  What’s featured prominently on your office wall? Photographs of Philadelphia.  What movie have you repeatedly watched? The Wizard of Oz.  Who has had the greatest influence on your life? My mother.  What is the best advice you received growing up? Get an education.  What is the best advice you received in your career? Advocate for yourself.  What modern technology innovation do you most appreciate? The iPhone.  What is your favorite app? It’s a toss-up between Instagram, Google Maps and Instacart.  What company or organization do you most admire? Day & Zimmermann, and I have the privilege of working there.

What is your big idea? Let’s universally agree to stop having meetings to debrief about a meeting.  What change would you like to see in the world? Green technologies and industries to turn back climate change.  What message do you want to send out into the world? Your mask goes over your nose, too.  What mega-trend most excites you? Artificial Intelligence and Big Data.  What mega-trend most concerns you? Artificial Intelligence and Big Data.

Who would you like to spend an evening with, in Heaven? My grandmother.  As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A veterinarian.  What object would you save first from your burning home? None, not worth the risk.  How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? At beach house, with friends and family, with a vodka martini and fried chicken from Publix.  What advice would you give your younger self? It will all work out.  What day in your life would you like to re-live? The day I met my first love.  What period in your life would you do differently if you could? My 40s.

Personal motto: Just for Today.  Favorite quote: "When people show you who they are, believe them" (Maya Angelou).  Desired epitaph: She brought everyone together; she will be missed.

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