Happy New Year!
Each month, we profile BWF members of the community in our "Member Spotlight" series. This month, meet Elizabeth McMorrow. In addition to being a BWF Board Member, Elizabeth is a frequent contributor to BWF News. Get to know her a bit better!
Elizabeth McMorrow | Attorney-Owner of Elizabeth A. McMorrow Law LLC | BWF Board Member
- What is your favorite BWF program to date? What were your memorable takeaways?
Inspiring Leadership: Building an Effective Diversity and Inclusion Program. My fellow board member Sharon Healey did such a great job interacting with the panel members Kathryn Burdett and Marques Benton. I came away with concrete ideas rather than fragments of an esoteric discussion.
- Tell us about something you are most proud of in your career?
Being a mentor. My father was an international HR executive and discussed business at the dinner table with us even when we were in elementary school. He emphasized developing people which in turn helps not just them but their families. I have tried to do this throughout my career whether it was someone who reported to me or a random stranger reaching out through LinkedIn. I particularly enjoy talking through career options with students who might not even realize a particular type of job exists.
- What has been the biggest /most unexpected change or challenge in your business since the shut down last spring?
I provide legal advice on international related issues to a broad range of clients including the financial industry and life sciences. Restricted business travel has resulted in making it easier for me to connect with some clients who would otherwise be sitting on a plane. Additionally, some clients have had time to think through gaps in their compliance programs and have taken advantage of a slowdown in one area to get their policies and training updated. It has been important for people not to get stuck because the Y2020 plan was not possible – pivoting to achieve a revised game plan is critical in any crisis.
- What is your #1 work from home tool?
Having two screens is a must for me. I have a wide screen laptop with a wide screen monitor attached to it. I’m security conscious, so I have a separate lightweight laptop for business travel that I don’t store any client files on.
- What has been your COVID guilty pleasure?
Leslie Jordan’s Instagram posts have been a Godsend! He is such a funny, optimistic guy. I also binge watched Escape to the Chateau which is about a quirky couple renovating a dilapidated French chateau. It’s a UK show but you can stream it on Peacock.