What advice would you offer to women
just starting out in the industry?
Start building your network and relationships (both internally and externally)
from the onset of your career and find a
trusted mentor or sponsor within your
organization who can advocate for you.
Networking is so important to start early
in your career, and it makes your job
more fulfilling. In addition to networking,
it is imperative that you make yourself
indispensable to your team. Work hard,
produce top-quality work, become an
expert in a finance specialty, and learn
your craft very well. Finally, be confident
and know your worth at all times!
What do you know now that you wish
you knew in the beginning of your
Strategic self-promotion at all stages of
your career is important to your success.
Be outspoken and let your voice be heard.
It is acceptable, and even encouraged,
to express your personal career goals
mentor-mentee relationships happen
informally and organically, it is critical to
ensure that everyone has someone more
experienced that they can trust for advice
and support throughout their career.
What do you think the industry could
do to attract and retain the best and the
Start recruiting early, develop training
and mentorship programs, and promote a
team-centered and flexible work environment that encourages ongoing feedback.
Financial institutions that are the most
successful at recruiting top talent and
retaining it start connecting with promising candidates early – whether during
college or graduate school. They offer
summer internships and clerkships that
introduce candidates to their culture and
work environment. Long-term training
and development programs are also vital
to retaining the new generation of talent.
The best and brightest want to work
for companies that are invested in their
professional long-term development and
are open about advancement opportunities. They want ongoing communication
and consistent feedback at their jobs.
It is also critical to create an enjoyable
workplace that offers challenging work
with real potential for promotion.
and views from the very beginning if you
want to be taken seriously. Also, while
working hard, producing top-quality work
and learning your craft well are all important, it is equally critical to get out there
and socialize with the finance community at an early stage in your career. Try to
connect with others in your specific field,
attend industry events and local conferences like the CFA, and actively develop
new relationships – it makes your job so
much more enjoyable and you learn a lot
along the way.
What kind of role has mentoring and/or
sponsorship played in your career?
Mentoring and sponsorship have been
crucial to my career trajectory and success. My mentors (both men and women)
have been invaluable sounding boards
that have guided my perspective and
inspired me to strive for more. My sponsor consistently advocates for me with
clients as well as leaders of our firm and
has helped me distinguish myself as a
reputable professional and prospective
leader. Both my mentors and sponsor
have offered me important career and
personal advice as I continue to navigate
law firm life. It is so important for companies to match up entry-level employees
with mentors. While most long-standing
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
loan transactions, mezzanine financings, and other strategic financings that
span a number of industries and business sectors. Elizabeth handles domestic
and international loan workouts and restructurings, and she advises clients
in general corporate and compliance matters. Prior to joining Morgan Lewis,
Elizabeth worked as a corporate associate in the Boston office of a prominent
law firm. She focused on finance and corporate matters encompassing merg-
ers and acquisitions, finance and restructuring, securities (including public and
private equity and debt offerings), and venture capital transactions. Massachu-
setts Super Lawyers named Elizabeth a Rising Star in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.