Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP lists 24 women attorneys in its Rochester office, which consists of around 90 attorneys in all. With the firm since 1993, Kelly Ross Brown plays an important role on the firm’s Associates Committee, where she is responsible for the development and mentoring of firm associates.
Brown and fellow partner Lorisa LaRocca hatched the concept of a woman’s professional and personal tool box a few years back, and both were on hand to welcome 125 guests to a fun evening of shopping and networking, with complimentary food and beverages, at the Memorial Art Gallery on Thursday.
Lisa Coppola, an attorney from Buffalo who has been recognized multiple times for her pro bono work, gave a talk titled: #TakeAMoment. She reminded the audience that despite our hectic schedules that seem to swirl with multiple responsibilities, it’s possible to take 15 seconds to just shut out the “noise” of the moment and think of something that will bring you joy.
“You could be in line at Wegmans or alone in the elevator, just think of something you love,” Coppola suggested. “Taking that moment once or twice a day to bring your attention to something you love, will bring those things into your path. You don’t need money or a lot of time to create joy.”
The second presentation was by Sandra Gault, CEO and founder of True Gault, shoe and boot designer and manufacturer that uses 3D technology to design shoes that fit. “Running a Business in High Heels” was the title of her talk, which included her insights on becoming a successful entrepreneur.
“I’m a geek in high heels,” Gault joked. “I figured out how to apply imaging technology to customize high-fashion shoes made of the highest quality materials. My business was born in Rochester, but is based in New York City, with our manufacturing facility in Spain.”
At the conclusion of her talk, 11 lucky women were selected to receive a pair of custom-fit Gault shoes.
In addition to True Gault Shoes, more than a dozen other women business owners were on hand with displays of chocolates, jewelry, purses, clothing and spices.
– Photos by Nora A. Jones