There are ample opportunities for professional development and growth at a mid-size firm like Tarter Krinsky & Drogin. Many of our employees have come from the Big Law world and have flourished in our smaller, entrepreneurial work environment that really encourages and supports our people to be their best professional selves and to pursue what is important to them. One example of this is Stefanie Marrone, our Director of Business Development and Marketing. Before joining Tarter Krinsky & Drogin nearly two years ago, Stefanie worked at five of the most prominent law firms in the world. In joining us, she sought a work environment that was close-knit, innovative and unique. Here is her her story.
Why did you join Tarter Krinsky & Drogin?
I knew that I would be able to make a real positive impact in the firm’s marketing and business development efforts. After 15 years in the Big Law environment, I craved something different and entrepreneurial. I wanted to stay in law but I wanted something very different. After years at large law firms, I thought that a smaller firm might be a better professional home for me. I knew in my gut after interviewing here that I belonged here.
In addition, mid-size firms have a great opportunity to set the bar high in professional development because they have a greater ability to invest in all staff members in a more individualized way. For example, through our GOAL Program (which stands for Go Out and Learn/Lead), every lawyer and staff member at Tarter Krinsky & Drogin is given the opportunity - and the financial backing - to accomplish a professional goal or learning objective each year that is tied to their professional role. I was so impressed by hearing our Managing Partner Alan Tarter explain his vision to me of this program when I first met him, and I could tell just how passionate he was about this program. Thanks to the GOAL program, I am learning how to speak and write Italian, which will greatly help me market one of the firm’s most important practice areas. This firm is truly invested in its employees and as a result, its employees, such as me, are very much invested in the firm.
What do you love most about what you do?
I am always learning, growing and being challenged. It is very fulfilling to see how the work that I am personally doing is having an impact on differentiating this firm. Also, I am very lucky to work at a firm that not only allows me to pursue the professional pursuits that are meaningful to me but goes the extra step of promoting my successes, which provides me with a supportive professional environment that enables me to flourish.
What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?
Under promise and over deliver. Doing what you say you’re going to do (and doing it well) is the foundation of your professional brand. You will move ahead faster if your work is superb and your colleagues can always count on you. Also, embrace your distinct qualities. The best thing you can do to be successful is to be yourself and to find a work environment that encourages and supports you to be your unique self.
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