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65 I L T A N E T . O R G skills as a software engineer. Being promoted to manager has been a great next step in my career growth. What life lessons has your work taught you? Most every problem has a solution. Always be prepared for the unexpected. What qualities makes a good leader? Passion, great communication, and empathy. I feel that a leader that is passionate about their job is not only more effective but also inspires passion in their employees. A clear and consistent line of communication allows employees to stay informed, gives them what they need to perform well, and permits them to give open and honest feedback. Lastly, I believe having empathy is good so that the manager can understand the employee's viewpoint and maybe pick up on issues that could be personally affecting the employee. Do you have a life philosophy? Where does it originate and how does it shape who you are? My life philosophy: Always strive to do better. Since I was a child, I've always tried to be the best at anything I did. Now that I'm an adult, I put that same energy into my career; I want to do what I need to grow as an engineer and as a manager. What advice would you give to your younger self? Mistakes are always bound to happen. Don't dwell on them, and instead use that energy to learn and grow from them. ILTA ILTA has partnered with Shy Alter of ii3, to create an ongoing series of video interviews with ILTAns, technologists, and legal-tangential guests. These engaging, short interviews, hosted via YouTube, showcase new perspectives and topics vital to our ever-changing world. This series, entitled LawFirmWeekly, is a firm management focused news media outlet. Our joint mandate is to create relevant, compelling and instructive - expert driven rich media programming. We produce weekly interview and editorial video programs that are delivered through Youtube and podcast platforms. T U N E I N H E R E A N D F R O M P A R T 1 , C H E C K O U T T H E P O D C A S T W I T H L I S A M E C O N I L I S T E N T O P O D C A S T 46 P E E R T O P E E R : I L T A ' S Q U A R T E R L Y M A G A Z I N E | S U M M E R 2 0 2 1 E X T R A S Women Who Lead: Lisa Meconi ILTA's Women Who Lead Advisory Committee put out a call for names earlier this year to identify women who have recently experienced a job transition into their first management role. WWL will be profiling four new women leaders in Peer to Peer, one profile in each of the next four issues. WWL will also will do an interview with them as part of our podcast series throughout the next year, so stay tuned! How did you get interested in the field you are currently in? I grew up in a family of lawyers – both grandfathers, my father, and several of my uncles – so I've always been surrounded by debaters and critical thinkers. I aspired to be an attorney myself. I did get into law school but ultimately chose a full-time role with my company over the debt of law school. I received my MBA in 2011 while working full- time and then transitioned from marketing to technology to satisfy my curiosity around project management and found myself drawn to technology leadership roles over and over again because I love solving problems together with our business partners. What led you to your career? Was there a defining moment? My career path has been the happiest of accidents. I started as a temporary worker doing data entry for Liberty Mutual 20 years ago and have been able to follow my passions and interests as they D I R E C T O R O F L E G A L E N G I N E E R I N G – L E G A L T E C H N O L O G Y L I B E R T Y M U T U A L I N S U R A N C E

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