Throughout the month of March and beyond, I will be spotlighting “women who wow” me on the blog– these are women I’ve met through my professional and personal lives. They are leaders who inspire and awe me, and push me to be a better version of myself. They are role models for the future generation of women. I think we can all learn from them.
Today I’m highlighting Carolyn Sandano, who I have known for many years through the Legal Marketing Association. Carolyn is a seasoned legal marketer who is always calm under pressure and offers wise advice. I can think of many occasions where she has supported not only me but other women and been generous with her time and counsel. Get to know more about Carolyn.
Why did you choose your profession?
I thought I wanted to be a lawyer, but once I worked in Debevoise’s marketing team with Deborah Farone, I never looked back.
What does Women’s History Month mean to you?
The world simply does not know nearly enough about the brilliant women who have gone before us and the women who are changing the world today. Any spotlighting of those contributions moves us all forward. Both women and men!
What do you love most about what you do?
I don’t think there has ever been a day when I haven’t been asked to solve a problem with very little precedent. Exciting!
Tell us about a woman you look up to and why.
My business coach and mentor is Valorie Burton. Valorie’s integrity, goodness and energy is both inspiring and motivating. Google her – you will learn from her daily!
Any advice to young women who want to succeed in the workplace?
Don’t let anyone at anytime tell you what you can achieve. And resilience is the best trait of all.
What do you wish you could tell your younger self?
Schedule time to recharge and have fun.
What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?
As smart as you think you are, just remember how much luck has played a part in your success, and be very, very grateful for it daily. And to be successful, surround yourself with people of integrity.
How are you breaking barriers faced by women in your field?
I’m asking better questions.
Which woman most inspires you and why?
My mother went back to school at the age of 48 and became a registered nurse. That is inspiring and brave!
What do you think is the key for success in a role like yours?
Treat each person as the most important person in your day and understand that each one needs something different to succeed.
What advice would you give to women in your field?
Resilience is a skill that can be learned, and will be your best asset on the crazy days!