Nygina Mills

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Senior executive, general counsel, risk and compliance officer and board member Nygina Mills, in brief.

Nygina Mills

Home: Washington, DC.  Birthplace: The Midwest.  Profession: Senior executive, general counsel, risk and compliance officer, board member.  Pronouns: She/Her/Hers.  Alma mater: Harvard Law School.  

Current project: Increasing the GDP of the U.S. by providing increased access to capital.  Recent recognition: American Bar Association Fellow: "One percent of attorneys whose careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the highest principles of excellence in the legal profession and to the welfare of society."  Latest contribution to others: Mentoring, coaching and developing.  Hobbies: Spreading joy.  Last book read: The 2% Way: How a Philosophy of Small Improvements Took Me to Oxford, the NFL, and Neurosurgery, by Dr. Myron L. Rolle.

Personality profile: A mix between ENTJ and INTJ.  Moral compass: Treat others the way you want to be treated.  How do you define a perfect friendship? Shared interests, empathy, loyalty and trust.  How do you define an ideal business relationship? Win-win.  What is your greatest joy? Leaving the world a better place than how I found it.  What natural talent have you neglected? My musical talent as a pianist.  What is your go-to workout? Running.  What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? Quiet and sunshine. 

What book have you repeatedly read? Competing in the age of AI: Strategy and Leadership When Algorithms and Networks Run the World, by Marcio Iansiti and Karim R. Lakhani.  What movie have you repeatedly watched? The Pursuit of Happyness.  What modern technology innovation do you most appreciate? The iPhone.  What is your go-to source of creative inspiration? A vision board.  What company or organization do you most admire? Apple.  What company CEO do you most admire: Thasunda Brown Duckett, CEO of TIAA:  “I rent the title, but I own my character.”

What message do you want to send out into the world? 

“Learn to light a candle in the darkest moments of someone’s life.  Be the light that helps others see; it is what gives life its deepest significance” (Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart).

What change are you working on to effect in your profession or field? Inclusivity.  What change would you like to see in the world? Judging others by character, integrity and mindset.  What mega-trend most excites you? Artificial intelligence.  What mega-trend most concerns you? Smart contracts.

As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A philanthropist. How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? Writing words of encouragement to loved ones in gratitude.  What advice would you give your younger self? “We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit” (Aristotle).  What period in your life would you do differently, if you could? None. It is never too late to be what you might have been.

Personal mission: Leading in service with excellence and joy.  Personal motto: #characterovereverything.  Favorite quote: “Attitude is a choice.  Happiness is a choice.  Optimism is a choice.  Kindness is a choice.  Giving is a choice.  Respect is a choice.  Whatever choice you make makes you.  Choose wisely” (Roy T. Bennett).  Desired epitaph: Held the light so that others could shine. 

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