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Donna E. Van Scoy

Daily Record Staff//May 14, 2021

Donna E. Van Scoy

By Daily Record Staff

//May 14, 2021

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Principal and Family Law Attorney
Lerch, Early & Brewer

What about your leadership style has helped grow your career and how have you had to change your leadership role/style during the past year?

I learned at an early point in my career the importance of being active in your field outside your daily work responsibilities. As a lawyer, I had the advantage of being involved with several groups. Once I identified the organizations where I could meaningfully contribute, I worked my way up to become a leader, discovering that listening and being present were keys to success. Building that network and friendships assisted in establishing and maintaining contacts during the challenging past year. While changes regarding contact had to be made, staying active in the organizations remained key.

How do you define mentoring and what steps do you take to ensure it is a priority and just part of your job duties?

Mentoring is being available to listen and provide guidance, education, information, and support to younger or newer people. Mentoring can be about anything they want to discuss, in addition to seeking the support of colleagues or providing support to colleagues. Since the first time I was treated differently because I was a woman, I realized the necessity of having mentors in my life. I work hard to be available to people I know in both my personal and professional life. I seek out and encourage women to dream big dreams. Mentoring is not just a part of my job, it is a part of my life.

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's Top 100 Women awards. Information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.

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