Summer 2014

Love’s Labors

BCSum14_D_In-The-Field-Side-AliMohamed Ali ’11
Social Innovation: Founder of the Iftiin Foundation, which promotes entre-preneurship as the key driver of development in conflict-affected countries, including his native Somalia. Challenges: Youth in developing countries are often trapped in a cycle of poverty and violence. Inspiration: The success of linking youth with investors and training, because small investments can generate large human dividends. Advice: “Forge your own path and be creative when it comes to your career.” Check out his TED talk at www.ted.com/talks/browse.

 


BCSum14_D_In-The-Field-Side-KangAndrew Kang ’97
Career: The founder of Boston Professionals Counseling LLC was practicing law when he decided he needed a change, “a big one,” so he became a therapist. Lessons: “At BC’s Graduate School of Social Work, and in my own therapy, I learned the importance of understanding the self in its many manifestations.” Practice: Kang specializes in helping lawyers and other professionals achieve balance in their lives. Advice: “I always advise asking the hard questions like, ‘What do I really want?’ We are naturally good at denial and avoidance, so the work is in getting to that honesty. Once you do, things tend to clarify fairly quickly.”

 


BCSum14_D_In-The-Field-Side-ArbuthnottMartine Arbuthnott ’08
Transition: Arbuthnott just started a new job as a compliance and ethics officer with National Oilwell Varco in Houston after three years as a Foreign Service contracting officer. Inspiration: A commitment to the principles of corporate citizenship, strong ethics, and a sense of civic accountability. Advice: Be proactive, flexible, patient, and welcoming to new challenges. Lessons: A targeted job search in an area you love will always yield better results than simply applying for everything under the sun.

 


BCSum14_D_In-The-Field-Side-GurwitzAdam Gurwitz ’92
Location: Gurwitz lives in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he is head of international business development for the investment firm Equitas Investimentos. Career: From Thacher Proffitt & Wood to banking to investments and hedge funds. Lessons: Practicing law is transferable to other fields. “My legal skills helped me to transition to a business development role.” Advice: “Always ask, ‘What is possible in this situation?’ Things do not always go smoothly or as anticipated, but with a positive attitude, many great outcomes are possible.”

 


BCSum14_D_In-The-Field-Side-HayreDylan Hayre ’11
Specialty: A solo practitioner in Natick, Hayre founded Lawyer for Soldiers to help veterans who were “too wealthy” for legal services and too poor to afford market-rate lawyers. Practice: It runs the gamut. “No two stories are the same, and no two cases are the same.” Inspiration: Some regret about not joining the military and admiration for those in the service. Advice: Find mentors. “You cannot be afraid to ask questions. Graduating from law school is the start of a long learning process, not the end of one.”

 


BCSum14_D_In-The-Field-Side-PritchardTherese Pritchard ’78
Career: The chair-elect of Bryan Cave will be the first woman to lead the global law firm come October 1. Practice: Based in Washington, DC, she advises boards of public companies on significant regulatory problems. Goals: Deepening client relationships and attracting a diverse pool of talent. Advice: “It’s a tough market out there for recent law school graduates, but markets do turn around. Keep the faith. If you want to practice law, it’s still possible to have a long and exciting career.”

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