During Women’s History Month, we are proudly honoring the talented women of TKD. We greatly value their work, accomplishments and contributions made to the firm and to our clients. In this installment, learn more about Firm Administrator Tanya Duprey.
What do you like most about working at TKD?
I am grateful to work at a firm that encourages me to pursue the professional activities that are important to me. I appreciate the support that our managing partner Alan Tarter and the firm gave me when I joined the New York City chapter board of the Association of Legal Administrators (ALANYC), especially during my tenure as president this last year. Being the president of the ALANYC was incredibly challenging yet rewarding; it made me a stronger professional, more empathetic leader and a better listener.
How do you achieve a work-life balance?
I do it through a village of people, including friends, family, in-laws, co-workers, various mommy Facebook groups, teachers, fellow parents and the amazing board members with whom I serve. I rarely ever have to ask for help because I am fortunate to have people reach out to me and I have learned to be humble enough to accept their assistance.
What has been the key to your success?
Taking time for self-reflection. When I’m experiencing a moment that seems insurmountable, I always analyze my role to 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. Sometimes, it is simply not owning my voice, which I believe is a challenge many women face.
What woman most inspires you and why?
Five years ago I began searching for the best school for my daughter who was facing a number of learning challenges. I learned about charter schools and education advocate Eva Moskowitz, a woman who saw injustice and tried to change it through the normal channels only to find the bureaucracy too strong. Relentless in her belief that children from our poorest neighborhoods could perform at the highest levels if given the right opportunities, she built a network of the most highly performing schools in the state. 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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