In celebration of Small Business Week (May 5-11), Flauk is highlighting the stories of some amazing women-owned businesses. Please join us in the movement to #shoplocal and #supportwomen!
We are so excited to introduce you to Jennifer Millier, the brave and bold litigator who took the leap from the 9-5 life to start her own law firm: her way. Joining the ranks of only about 300 women-owned law firms in the United States, Jennifer is an inspiration to all of us in knowing that the status quo does not need to persist–especially in a traditionally male-dominated profession that values endless billable hours, life-threatening stress and fatigue, and pervasive aggression. We’re proud to call her a client, and a dear friend.
We asked Jennifer about what it’s like to run a local business, who inspires her, and the unique trials and advantages she’s experienced as a woman-owned business. Get ready to fall in love:
What do you love about running a business in your local community?
I love being able to help people with referrals, connecting them to other local businesses and entrepreneurs who I think could help them. Need someone to scan your mail? I have a service for that. Want to try a great new workout? Here’s my friend’s studio. I love connecting people.
Are there any unique challenges that you’ve faced as a woman in launching or running your company?
I’ve faced challenges because I am a woman my whole career. Being in a male-dominated profession, and especially in an area of practice (litigation) where aggression is often rewarded, it can be tough to define yourself in a way that is true to your “non-work” self (i.e. a kind, mindful, and reasonable human). As a woman, there’s a fine line between appearing like a witchy witch versus a strong advocate. I always strive to be strong and assertive, but polite, personable, and professional.
What unique advantages or perspectives do you bring to the table as a female business owner?
I consider myself a pretty intuitive, self-aware human being. That awareness has helped me immensely in dealing with clients addressing tough issues or in gauging opposing counsel.
Share the love: tell us about any of your favorite companies out there run by badass women that we all should know about!
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