Happy Women’s History Month! As we continue to shine a spotlight on the amazing women on the dream team at Ward Law, this week we sat down with Alyssa Wilson, our Legal Assistant extraordinaire. We asked her some questions about her take on Women’s History Month and she shared her insightful views. Alyssa is a devoted wife and mother of two boys. Ward Law is thankful for Alyssa’s dedication, professionalism and loyalty.
What does Women’s History Month mean to you and why is it important?
Woman’s history month is important because it recognizes achievements and actual real life experiences of woman throughout history. I don’t only think of women’s history as famous women. I think of the women who inspire and touch the lives of others every day. That includes family members, teachers, mentors, etc.
What progress have you seen in gender equality at work and in your personal life?
The representation and support in women’s leadership roles has increased over the last few years. Many of our large corporation clients have initiatives to diversify both their internal leadership with women as well as their external partnerships to include women-owned businesses.
Why do we need more women in leadership positions?
We need more women in leadership roles to help inspire other women in non-leadership roles and teach them that if they work hard, their hard work will pay off and they can climb their way to the top. With more than half of the US population being female, it’s also important to have more women in leadership as we bring a different perspective with regard to decision making.
Whether personally or in history, who have been your biggest female role models and what do you admire most about them?
Without a doubt, my mom has been my biggest role model. I’ve always admired her unconditional love and unwavering patience. She always puts other needs before her own. She is an excellent cook. I am always praising her for her cooking skills – nothing like mom’s cooking!
What inspired you to pursue a career in law, and what obstacles did you face in achieving your goals?
Actually, a career in law pursued me. I applied for a file clerk position because I needed a job. After time, I was recognized by the right people for my hard work. I now enjoy being the right hand of my attorneys as their legal assistant, assuring timely filings, proper client responsiveness and overall case organization.
What advice do you have for young women who are interested in pursuing a career in law?
Take risks. Challenge yourself. Be confident. Work on your communication skills and start networking early in your career. Who you know may become just as, if not more, important that what you know.