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Claim Your Space: Defining & Taking Control of Your Career on Your Own Terms

October 19, 2022 at 5:30pm

Counsel Jaclyn Grodin moderated the Goulston & Storrs THISGEN® event, "Claim Your Space," a panel discussion which focused on how women in the early, mid, and transitional stages of their careers can take control and plant the seeds for future success.

Read Jaclyn's perspectives on what it means to truly support and listen to women, and how we can integrate their messages throughout the broader conversation to enact change when speaking about women in the law.

About the Event:

Ever feel like you’re the only one who isn’t hitting your professional stride? As if you’ve been preparing for most of your life to arrive at your professional peak and, yet, are somehow left unprepared to thrive in your career as you finally reach the "most fulfilling" stage? The truth is, the legal profession and many others are not one-size-fits-all environments and the path to success and satisfaction varies for everyone. Diversifying our understanding of what options our professions can provide at various stages of our careers can make all the difference. Stop watching and waiting, and start claiming your space.

Panel discussion topics will include:

  • Growing and structuring your career to allow it to evolve over time.
  • Developing your network – is this intentional, luck, or a bit of both?
  • Dealing with difficult colleagues – men and women, peers and partners – and managing upward.
  • Incorporating personal goals with professional development.
  • Navigating imposter syndrome and understanding that you do deserve to be here.


Amanda Bailey
Chief Compliance Officer and Associate General Counsel  | Stellex Capital

Amanda Bailey is the Chief Compliance Officer and Associate General Counsel for Stellex Capital Management where she manages regulatory, legal, ESG, cybersecurity and investor relation matters. Prior to joining Stellex, Ms. Bailey was the Chief Compliance Officer at Jaguar Growth Partners, a real estate private equity firm focused on emerging markets. Previously, Ms. Bailey was an Assistant Vice President at Cordium (now acquired by ACA), a global compliance consulting firm. Ms. Bailey serves as a member of the diversity committee for Women in Funds. Ms. Bailey received her B.S. from Northern Kentucky University and Juris Doctorate from New England Law, Boston. Ms. Bailey is a member in good standing with the Massachusetts State Bar, and is a certified anti-money laundering specialist with the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMs).

Jennifer Chung
Counsel | Verizon

Jennifer Chung is counsel at Verizon where she supports robotics innovation on 5G at New Business Incubation. Previously, she was the General Counsel at AccuWeather, the world's fastest growing weather media company, and an Assistant General Counsel at Time Inc., where she managed the global intellectual portfolio for over 100 brands.  She was also an Associate Counsel at the New York State Department of Economic Development (an agency under the NYS Governor's Office), which is focused on driving and growing business in New York State through its many programs, including the world famous I LOVE NY tourism marketing program. Jennifer started her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Gabriel W. Gorenstein in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York, and as an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan under the late Honorable Robert M. Morganthau. She also spent 9 years in private practice at NYC-area firms, including Kaye Scholer, litigating various types of complex intellectual property matters. 

Jennifer Furey
Director | Goulston & Storrs

Intellectual property litigation and commercial litigation are the focal points of Jennifer Furey's legal practice. Jennifer has more than 20 years of experience representing individuals and businesses with intellectual property matters concerning utility and design patents, trademarks, trade dress, trade secrets, false advertising and copyrights, and with high-stakes commercial litigation matters. Jennifer has tried numerous cases to verdict and has successfully obtained summary judgment on behalf of clients in both commercial litigation and intellectual property matters.

Arian June
Partner | Debevoise & Plimpton

Arian is a litigation partner based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office and is a member of the White Collar & Regulatory Defense Group. Recognized as one of 25 Influential Black Women in Business by The Network Journal (2020) and by Benchmark Litigation and Chambers USA for her expertise in white collar criminal defense, Ms. June’s practice focuses on government and internal investigations, securities enforcement defense, whistleblower response, sensitive investigations and crisis management. 

Courtenay O'Connor
General Counsel | Squarespace

As General Counsel of Squarespace, Courtenay oversees the company’s global legal activities and policies across all aspects of the business. Prior to Squarespace, she served as Deputy General Counsel of Gizmodo Media Group, LLC where she led the legal department and provided counsel on a number of areas including editorial content, product, advertising, litigation, and corporate transactions. Earlier in her career, Courtenay was Counsel for The Hearst Corporation, a law clerk in the Eastern District of New York, and an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. She holds a J.D. from The University of Michigan Law School and a B.A. from Wellesley College.