The next woman who wows is Nancy Slome of the Lawyers Biography Service. I have known Nancy for years and have always been impressed with her knowledge of the legal industry, her kindness, authenticity and resilience. Learn more about her in this Q&A.
What do you love most about what you do?
I’m a fixer. Not a Ray Donovan or an Olivia Pope-type fixer. But having to explain a concept that helps a client envision what they need could become. That’s what it is to be a producer. I love storytelling. I love the process. Sure, there are many times all the client wants is to just get it done. Yeah, I can do that, too. I love when I have an opportunity to see beyond what is asked for – and deliver more than is expected.
What do you wish you could tell your younger self?
I watched True Grit the other day and was reminded of Mattie’s gumption and grit that she possessed. And, given her young age, she had a remarkable ability to make shrewd decisions when standing up to her elders. The book True Grit was made into a movie (twice), but if I could magically apply some of Mattie’s grit to my younger self? Well, that would truly be amazing.
What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?
One of my favorite bosses, who was of average height, told me that I had a distinct advantage of being tall and needing to “own the room” – especially when dealing with the partners. I was utterly flabbergasted by her observation, but took her advice to heart and began to incorporate it into my presentations. I must admit; she was spot on.