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Meet the Women of Tarter Krinsky & Drogin: Firm Administrator Tanya Duprey

March 10, 2017

In honor of Women’s History Month, we recognize the outstanding women of Tarter Krinsky & Drogin. They bring tremendous value to our firm, our clients, our profession and our community. In this installment, learn more about Firm Administrator Tanya Duprey.

What is the best advice that you received?
Filter out the noise. When you’re facing a wide range of projects and issues on any given day, the true underlying problems can easily be drowned out by frustrations and complaints. When fielding what can be very challenging matters, it is critical that I keep an eye on what, if any, fundamental issues may be behind a complaint or problem. Taking a step back and assessing a situation in a more objective and in-depth way allows me to improve processes going forward.

What has been the key to your success?
Self-reflection. When I’m experiencing a road block or moment that seems insurmountable, I always take a big step back and analyze my role in whatever challenge I’m facing and figure out a way that I can change it through my own actions. This may call for me to develop a specific plan of action or simply acknowledge my own error and fix it. I deeply believe that many failures are rooted in a person’s inability to hold themselves accountable for their actions. In those moments when I feel the most discouraged or overwhelmed, I ask myself ‘what are you not owning right now?’ and that almost always leads me to finding a solution. Sometimes, it is simply not owning my voice, not speaking up and pushing back, which I believe is a challenge many women face.

What woman most inspires you and why?
Nine years ago I started on a journey to find the best school for my daughter who was facing a number of learning challenges. I began to learn about charter schools and education advocate Eva Moskowitz. I see a woman who saw injustice, tried to change it through the normal channels only to find the bureaucracy too strong. Instead of backing off in defeat, she took on the establishment, relentless in her belief that children from our poorest neighborhoods could perform at the highest levels if given the right opportunities. She has built a network of the most highly performing schools in the state, in complete defiance of every person who said it was impossible to do that. She embodies my favorite Chinese proverb: ‘Those who say it cannot be done, should not interrupt the one who is doing it.’

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