What “Stronger Together” Means to Ms. JD Board Member Janet Wallace

Ms. JD is hosting its Seventh Annual Conference on Women in the Law: Stronger Together on March 5 & 6, 2015 at UC Hastings College of the Law. In the lead up to our annual conference, Ms. JD board members, staff, and annual conference participants will share what our conference theme “Stronger Together” means to them.

To me, stronger together means . . .

I'm a better lawyer--indeed, a better person--because of the brilliant materminds with whom I associate (here's looking at you Ms. JD team).  I firmly believe in the great African proverb that says, "If you want to go fast, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together."  

By the way, research supports the idea that we are stronger together: boards with three or more woman have increased effectiveness ("one woman on the board is a token, two is a presence, and three is a voice"). 

I’m a member of the following professional organizations, which have demonstrated to me that there is strength in numbers . . .

(1) Ms. JD!

(2) Women Lawyers Association, San Luis Obispo County

(3) American Association of University Women

(4) San Luis Obispo County Bar Association

My mentor(s) taught me . . .

The world's two most important lessons (imho): to give and to be kind.  

My mentee(s) taught me . . .

To begin with the end in mind.  This is true of the big picture (knowing what the mentee ultimately wants to do in life), as well as smaller details (say, giving an intern an assigment). The more you know about the ultimate goal, the clearer the path to getting there.  

Before, during and after this year’s conference, I’d like to help members of Ms. JD’s network by. . .

Sharing your story. If you aren't already writing for Ms. JD, please drop me a line so we can get your voice heard. We're louder together

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