When did you first hear about Oiselle? How long have you been with the Volée team?
Sometime in 2012 I became aware of the community through social media. And I joined the team in 2013.
When did you get into running and why?
I started running because I was inspired by my dad - he ran and I generally wanted to do everything he did. :)
I ran track in high school - I was an average sprinter and hurdler and after high school I didn't run more than a mile or two again until law school. In my 3L year, a group of friends and I founded the brown girl run club and we trained for our first ten miler and half marathons together. The ten miler was awesome but the half sucked! That was in 2007 - I didn't race over a 5k again until 2012. I ran my first full marathon in 2013 and was inspired to sign up for the Richmond Marathon after the Boston Marathon bombing. As they say, the rest is history and 7 years later, I'm ten marathons in searching for my sub-4 race!
You’ve recently taken on a new role with Oiselle as an Advisor for DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion)? Can you share a bit about your professional background?
I’m a lawyer by trade but haven’t practiced law since 2010. After leaving the active practice of law, I led a legal diversity pipeline program and then ran diversity initiatives for a small company. That led me to my current role leading diversity at a large law firm. I am responsible for everything from ensuring that our practices are inclusive to designing our firm-wide strategy. It’s incredibly challenging but work that I feel good about doing. I have to say that my professional work has done a great job at better equipping me to handle difficult conversations over the past few years. I didn’t think about that benefit when I started doing inclusion work 8 years ago, but it’s been a real bonus.
What’s the hardest part about working virtually for you? The easiest?
Hardest part is that I am an extrovert who lives with a small (but mighty) dog - I miss people! Easiest has been that alarms don’t really exist anymore. Even if I “sleep in,” I’m early to all my meetings.