By Katherine Larkin-Wong • November 30, 2014•Ms. JD, Conference
To me, stronger together means . . . we cannot go through life alone and our professional lives are no different! When we have supportive colleagues, employers, partners (in the office and at home), and friends, we are stronger together.
I’m a member of the following professional organizations, which have demonstrated to me that there is strength in numbers . . .
The Bar Association of San Francisco - When I moved to SF from Northwestern Law, I had a small group of classmates and friends in the city. BASF has helped me make numerous professional contacts plus I’ve had a blast planning interesting panels and events.
The National Association of Women Lawyers – NAWL is a great organization that in its long history has helped to make major changes for women in the law. It’s always interesting to hear about changes that have come about directly as a result of the earliest women leaders coming together to advocate for change!
The ABA – I often find that the ABA feels like a labyrinth that I’m not sure how to get out of. Nevertheless, it’s been amazing to learn more about what we, as lawyers, can do when we work together to issue statements or endorse policy. If you’re not involved, you should definitely work to find the right place at the ABA for you!
Ms. JD – Of course, no list of organizations that proves that we’re stronger together would be complete without Ms. JD! The men and women in this organization make me stronger every day.
My mentor(s) taught me . . . Never give up, know your worth, find your passion. Trust that there is something else out there for you if you do not get what you want the first time but don’t be afraid to go after what you want. Finally, no one will ever care about your career as much as you do. Figure out your version of career control and then protect it.
My mentee(s) taught me . . . That apparently I’ve become a boss … when did I get “wise” enough to be a boss? That there is so much power in giving back and extending a helping hand to those coming up behind you both for the person you are helping and for you personally. I guarantee you will get more out of the relationship than your mentee will!
Before, during and after this year’s conference, I’d like to help members of Ms.JD’s network by. . . connecting them to opportunities! Tell me what you’re interested in learning about and I will try to find someone who can help you learn about it. Also, my email is always open.