Stronger Together: Lessons from An Honoree

I am excited to attend Stronger Together in support of Kate Kimpel, a recipient of the Women of Inspiration Award.

I had the privilege of working with Kate for four years at Sanford Heisler Kimpel, a public interest litigation firm that combats gender discrimination in the workplace.  Kate, like the other honorees, does the impossible.  She manages the firm’s DC office; serves as lead counsel on class action cases and individual matters; teaches a class at Yale Law School; runs a blog that produces weekly original content surrounding women and work; and somehow still manages to offer endless support to those around her.

Here are some lessons from Kate that I will carry with me throughout my career: Always order more supplies than you think (or Kate thinks) you will need.  If you are certain that you edited something enough, print it out and edit it again.  And again.  Give your clients the level of attention and respect that you would give to a close friend or family member.  Solve problems creatively, but quickly.  Remember birthdays.  Grit can accomplish more than intellect alone.  

I cannot wait to celebrate with all of the inspiring ladies at the Conference!

Faye Whiston is a 1L at UC Berkeley Law School.  She received her bachelor’s degree from Williams College where the majored in Spanish.  Before law school, she worked at a public interest litigation firm.  In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and live music.   

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