TITLE: Attorney, Associate
COMPANY NAME: Pullman & Comley, LLC
COMPANY'S LOCATION: Hartford, Bridgeport, Stamford, Waterbury, White Plains, NY
RESIDENCE: West Hartford
What do you do? As an associate in Pullman & Comley's Public and Commercial Finance department, I work with various state agencies and towns to aid them in issuing tax-exempt debt to finance public projects. Issuing tax-exempt bonds allows communities to fund such projects as schools, roads, infrastructure improvements or other community initiatives. I also serve on the firm's recruiting and associate orientation committees.
What do you want to be doing in 10 years? I would like to be in a position of leadership having built a collaborative team that is collectively meeting the goals of the group and making a positive difference in the lives of people in the community. My participation would allow me to lead and shape the direction of new projects while also helping to cultivate and develop new skills in myself and others. I also hope to be coaching my son's Little League team.
What is your biggest strength? One of my biggest strengths is my ability to work well with others. I enjoy working on teams where I can get to know people and understand how to bring out the best in each individual. At times, I have relied on this ability to successfully diffuse stressful situations, vocalizing the issues that were contributing to the underlying causes of tension so the group can address them and move forward.
What is the best advice you received? Recently, I attended Women's Day at the Traveler's Championship, and as part of that event, Anna Quindlen spoke to a group of about 300 women. When asked by a 17-year old female, a new graudate, for some advice as she embarked on the as yet uncharted path to her future, Anna frankly responded, “Don't Be Afraid.” Her subsequent comments centered on the idea that we cannot be afraid to take risks and that in order to grow; we must accept challenges that push us outside our comfort zone. We cannot truly excel if we simply do what is easy and what comes naturally. No one wants to look back on life and say, “I wish I had done this.” Another good piece of advice I received recently was from Mary Ellen S. Jones, chair of the Connecticut Airport Authority, as she spoke at MetroHartford Alliance's Women's Leadership luncheon. The topic of her speech was about her career and the many decisions that led to her being where she is today. Much of what she said resonated with me as a young professional, but one useful piece of information was, “If you want something, ask for it.” No one is going to ask for you, and you have to put yourself out there as a capable person shaping your own career and achieving your goals.
What service or charitable cause has your attention? Since 1867 the YWCA Hartford Region has been changing women's lives and helping to shape our community. I am proud to serve as vice chair of the YWCA. Our mission of “eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all” emphasizes the importance of creating space for all people. These powerful words shape the decisions that the board of directors makes about everything from programming, to advocacy, to finances. It is an honor to serve on this board and to have the opportunity to contribute to such an important and vital organization in our community.