What will be the biggest challenge for the generation of women behind you?
Women have made tremendous advances, which seems to have accelerated over the past few years with all the discussions now taking place at a societal level. However, there is still much to do and challenges to overcome. Women, now and in the future, have to advocate for themselves and navigate the playing field while maintaining their unique and important voice and contribution.
What advice would you offer for women just starting out?
A wealth of successful businesswomen in this area are more than willing to act as mentors and sponsors. Find one. Also, go to business development and networking events, even if no one else you know is going. This is how you will eventually create your network and your own business opportunities.
What’s changed for women in business, if anything, in recent years?
While private law firms, and commercial real estate in particular, are still largely male arenas, we are increasingly seeing a more female and diverse client base. We are hopeful that, together with our clients, we continue to grow to reflect the incredible diversity of this area.
What do you love most about doing business in this area?
This area is still in the process of establishing its own identity—business center, government town, bedroom community, hip urbanizing place—which presents challenges. But with challenges, there are also opportunities. We’re a full-service business and real estate law firm that looks forward to representing our clients as they navigate the challenging, exciting business and real estate worlds of the greater D.C. metro area and beyond.
“Women, now and in the future, have to advocate for themselves and
navigate the playing field while maintaining their unique and important voice and contribution.”
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