Fueling the Career Fire: Networking Events as Motivation

Even if you have your dream job, there are some days or weeks when your motivation can falter. Maybe you're distracted with other things going on in your personal life or you have to complete certain tasks that day or week that aren't the tasks you enjoy the most in your job.

During these times, I find it helpful to find motivation and inspiration outside of myself and my work. I find one really good way to get inspired again is to attend events on a work-related or work-adjacent topic that I'm interested in, and that will also attract a crowd that could be inspiring as well. 

This past month I had the opportunity to do that when I attended an event for female founders on the topic of equity crowdfunding. There were three panel speakers with inspiring career paths: Lu Li, founder of Blooming Founders, a support site and network for female startup founders, Lucy Patterson, founder of Milk Beauty, a mobile beauty company, and Karen Kerrigan, Chief Legal Officer at Seedrs, an equity crowdfunding platform, and a former lawyer at Simmons & Simmons LLP.

Similarly, I also find it inspiring to read about career paths of other former lawyers who have taken the plunge as startup founders or have joined other startups. Here are just a few that I've found interesting:

  • Alma Asay, former Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher litigator and founder of Allegory Law, a cloud-based litigation management tool. You can read more about her here.
  • Mary Juetten, a former lawyer and founder of Traklight and Evolve Law, a "community of entrepreneurs, investors, law firms and law schools dedicated to changing the legal industry." You can read more about her here.
  • Hannah Samendinger, Legal Product Manager at Alt Legal, a cloud-based software company for preparing and managing global IP filings. Hannah also produces and hosts biweekly podcast called Alt Trademarks.

I would love to hear how you stay inspired, motivated and creative in your legal career!

Catch me on LinkedIn or twitter at nicolemoriniere.

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