What are your goals in your role at your company?
I started at EMC in December 2016. My background is in employment law, and I want to use those skills in my current role to provide guidance on a variety of employment and corporate law matters. My goal is to minimize risk exposure by giving solid advice to my company.
What are your goals for your community involvement?
I want to make Iowa a welcoming place for young attorneys, especially those from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds in the legal profession. As a founding member of the Young Lawyers Division Diversity Committee, I started a mentoring program for minority law students to encourage them to stay in Iowa after graduation.
What’s your biggest passion, and why?
Problem solving. Whether it’s coming up with a creative solution to a legal issue, finding a way to improve the community, or personal betterment, I love the challenge of thinking outside the box and utilizing resources in an innovative and efficient manner.
What is it that drives you?
My parents instilled in my brother and me a commitment to public service. We were home-schooled, and a large part of our education included giving back to the community. Our flexible schedules allowed us to volunteer frequently. That habit stuck with me and remains a strong priority to this day.
What are your future aspirations?
Wrongful conviction cases highlighted by the Innocence Project and Equal Justice Initiative inspired me to become a lawyer. My career has taken a different direction, but Iowa recently received a grant to review 96 convictions based on hair analysis and I’m excited to volunteer by helping review those cases.
Four reasons she’s a Forty:
1. Current secretary of the Iowa State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, which will roll into terms as president-elect and president over the next two years.
2. Serves on the board of directors for the Junior League of Des Moines.
3. Recognized as a Great Plains Rising Star by Super Lawyers since 2015.
4. She was a Dwight D. Opperman Scholar at Drake Law School, which included a merit-based, full tuition scholarship and living stipend.