Member Spotlight – Julie Bell

1. What are you reading?

i. What book is on your nightstand right now? AND/OR
John Maxwell – Everyone Communicates Few Connect;
Patrick Lencioni – The Five Dysfunctions of a Team;
Plus a cheesy, trashy romance novel for kicks.

ii. What book has made the most impact on you professionally? I don’t think any one book has had a particular impact on me. I try to learn something from every book that I read.

iii. Are there any other books you would recommend we add to the reference library on our web site?
Ken Blanchard – Self Leadership and the One Minute Manager
Jeff Olson – The Slight Edge
Jeff Medcalf – Chop Wood Carry Water

2. How long have you been a member of PWWS?

Since 2013. At the time that I joined, the organization was in the midst of making some changes. I decided to jump right into those changes and volunteered to be the Secretary after my 1st meeting. I have served as Secretary of the organization since 2014.

3. Why did you become involved in PWWS?

I wanted to become involved in an organization that celebrates women and that would allow me to connect with others outside of my profession. I also wanted to continue to learn and grow as a professional. I have found the monthly programs to be informative, challenging, fun, intelligent, engaging, celebratory, etc, depending upon who has done the presentation. I look forward to meeting these ladies every month.

4. What do you love most about the work you do?

Ever since I was a young girl, I had always wanted to be an attorney. I didn’t necessarily have a particular vision as to what that might entail and I got lucky that I discovered something I enjoyed doing on the first try which is helping injured people who have been wrongfully harmed by someone. One of the particular things that I enjoy about what I do is the people that I work with on a daily basis. I have been blessed to have joined a law firm with now 8 other attorneys who work hard and have the same values/belief system as I do. We have also been blessed with an extremely talented support staff who also maintain those same values/beliefs. It is a rarity and one that we treat as precious. The other aspect of my job that I enjoy is helping every day people overcome challenges. They aren’t always legal challenges. Sometimes, people just need some guidance on how to find an answer to their question/issue.

5. If you could plan a vacation anywhere in the world where would you go? 

My husband and I love to travel, though we haven’t been able to do as much in recent years due to our work schedules. I would love to take several weeks and travel to Africa. My trip would include visiting Victoria Falls, Nyika (the largest National Park – Malawi), the Sphinx in Egypt, and a safari, at a minimum. One of the other trips that we would enjoy is visiting the zoos/aquariums throughout the United States.