Philadelphia-based Kelly Enache is the Chief Marketing Officer at Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr. She is a former practicing attorney at Dechert before transitioning to business of law and legal marketing roles. Learn more about her career path in this Women Who Wow profile.
What do you love most about what you do?
I really enjoy creative problem solving, strategic idea generation and team building. I am grateful for the autonomy I have in my role to strategize and innovate. It is so rewarding to generate ideas and then work with smart, creative and supportive people to achieve them. I also am very passionate about fostering a collaborative environment for my team and those with whom we partner. I am very proud of the genuine spirit of cooperation within our Marketing Department.
What do you wish you could tell your younger self?
Five key things I would tell my younger self are:
- Be authentic. You don’t succeed by being like anyone else. You succeed by offering a unique voice and perspective.
- Go out of your way to help others in their career journeys. It will be the most fulfilling part of your path and will yield life-long friendships.
- Surround yourself with people who push you to do better and cheer you on when you do. Let go of energy vampires as soon as you identify them.
- Don’t be afraid to change courses. Listen to your gut and pivot when your career or work environment doesn’t feel right.
- Give yourself a break and don’t try to be all things to everyone. Prioritize your wellbeing and embrace the power of exercise and nutrition for your mental and physical health.
What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?
“Don’t forget to look in the rearview mirror.” As ambitious humans, we are always looking forward and setting our next goals. But it is equally important to look back and celebrate progress. Looking back not only allows you to appreciate achievements, but it often helps you recognize the many challenges you have overcome along the way, which will enhance your confidence in conquering obstacles in the future.
What advice would you give to women in your field?
Our field can be incredibly demanding, fast-paced and stressful, so I would recommend building a trusting network of women who offer an understanding support system and sounding board. It can make all the difference on a tough day.