Tune in to today’s episode as we explore the keys to fostering career sustainability, creating cultures that defy burnout, and nurturing work-life harmony.
Along with your host, Brooke Skinner Ricketts, we’re privileged to chat with legal powerhouse, Hilary Preston, Vice Chair of Vinson & Elkins.
Discover the importance of embracing a long-term perspective in your career, setting reasonable limits, and recognizing the power of occasional deceleration.
Hilary’s story is a source of inspiration for anyone seeking to carve their own path, proving that success isn't just about the climb; it's about finding sustainable practices that allow you to thrive both professionally and personally.
In this Episode you will learn how to:
- Master the art of women's career sustainability and thrive in the workplace.
- Amplify your influence by voicing your opinions confidently and effectively.
- Uncover the secrets to finding joy and fulfillment in your day-to-day work life.
- Build powerful relationships to boost your personal brand and professional network.
- Learn actionable strategies for creating an inclusive and supportive work culture.
[00:30] Powerful Guest Quote
[01:32] Episode Summary
[02:42] Meet Hilary Preston
[04:25] Setting Career Boundaries
[05:43] Discovering Personal Boundaries
[08:10] Leadership Evolution
[10:16] Gaining Clarity on Career Path
[17:10] The Role of Mentors
[19:10] Nurturing Career Endurance
[24:38] Overcoming Fears and Limiting Beliefs
[29:18] Daily Habits and Rituals
[31:50] Approaching Difficult Decisions
[34:30] Firm Culture and Longevity
[38:07] Lightning Round Questions
Q: What book has greatly influenced you?
A: Religion of One's Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World by Thomas Moore
Q: What is your favorite inspiring quote or saying?
A: Be the change you want to see in the world.
Q: What is one word or moniker you would use to describe yourself?
A: Hopefully Steady
Q: What is one change you've implemented that made your life better?
A: Gratitude Practice
Q: What power song would you want playing as you walk out onto a stage?
A: Girl on Fire by Alicia Keyes
Even if you embarrass yourself, it'll be okay. You'll keep going, you'll keep moving You'll do better next time.
The only thing that you have is your reputation and your integrity.
First decide for yourself where your limits are. And I don't mean limits intellectually or skill set wise. I mean limits in terms of your time investment and your emotional investment.
Hilary Preston currently serves as a Vice Chair of the firm and a member of the Management Committee and the Diversity Executive Committee. Hilary additionally serves as Co-Chair of Vinson & Elkin’s Women’s Initiative.
Hilary focuses her litigation practice on intellectual property litigation and commercial disputes. She has represented clients in these types of lawsuits in trial and appellate courts across the country and regularly “provides strong practical advice and offers creative solutions” for clients (Chambers USA 2016).
Hilary also has substantial experience counseling clients in risk management surrounding technology development, particularly in the sports, digital media, mobile content delivery, and e-commerce industries. In particular, she is noted as having “excellent communication skills and knowledge of the digital technology and telecommunications arenas” and has been called “a trusted advisor” with “excellent judgment” (Chambers USA 2016).
Hilary has been recognized for her work in Chambers USA since 2014 and in New York Super Lawyers since 2013.