“Perry Mason” helped shape Wanda Townsend’s life. Townsend, a partner with Johnston, Allison & Hord, grew up idolizing the TV show’s main character. Drawn to the sense of right and wrong in the program, Townsend knew she wanted to be a lawyer from an early age.
“A teacher, a nurse or a stay-at-home mother. Those were the choices,” Minette Conrad Trosch said.” Trosch wanted to be a lawyer, but, at the time, it didn’t seem possible. When she originally considered law school, there were two women in a class of more than 1,000.
“I never wanted to be one of those people who had someone else take our kids places on weekends,” Mary Turk-Meena said. Of all the career troubles many other women have faced – sexism, an unfair advancement structure, penalization for maternity leave – Turk-Meena has always faced the most basic and inherent: balancing being a mother and being a professional.
Jenni Walker is moving at the speed of light. At least, that’s what it feels like, she said. Walker worked in the public relations industry for 16 years before she decided to open Walker PR Group, and now that she has, the time is flying by faster than ever before, she said.
The biggest moments in life are often unplanned, a lesson Wendy Whitehurst learned firsthand. Whitehurst, the chief strategist and founder of Custom Marketing Solutions, didn’t plan on starting her own company. “It was unplanned, and so many things are when you’ve evolved in your career and your life,” Whitehurst said. “Things happen that push you in a different direction.”