How Humility and Continuous Learning Made Joycelyn Eason both Lawyer and COO – BtG 007
On the Show Today
Jo is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Senior Counsel to the Consumer Banking and Corporate Regulatory Division of the Wells Fargo Law Department. While the title is a mouth full, it’s clear that she is making a major impact in shaping and driving the legal pathway of one of the Big US Banks. And not only that she has a black belt if you make her work too hard to win you over.
What You Will Learn
- The significant importance of education
- Advocating for children makes a world of difference
- How she overcome the discouragement of the guidance counselor
- Commitment to hard work to get into and through the Air Force Academy
- The value of seeking people who look like you AND who don’t
- Can you be true to your culture and be successful
- Learn to love, appreciate, and respect yourself and the changes you go through
- The challenge of always being deployed
- The value of the support of an academic advisor
- Have a plan, be flexible and adapt, get support from family, friends, colleagues, mentors, etc
- Perseverance is key to success. Never quit.
- Strong belief that hard work and going after what you really want can get you there
- Large amounts of reading and an understanding of logic are needed to be a lawyer
- There is satisfaction in making a great argument that wins a case
- There is diversity in the law
- You can be an introvert and a good writer and researcher and do great things in the law
- The profession of the law can give you numerous opportunities in the future
- The difference between working at a firm and working as in-house counsel
- The challenge of the path in a law firm
- Bill good hours aka doing grunt work
- Build your network to get new clients
- Bring in cases so you can have new lawyers do grunt work for you
- It takes time or connections to become an in-house attorney
- What it takes to persuade the challenging colleagues to change firmly held perspectives or opinions
- Know when to not back down and when to give ground
- Challenge your own perspective
- Practice humility
- If you’re going to blast someone in front of everyone, you need to be man or woman enough to apologize in front of everyone when you’re wrong
- It’s key for a lawyer to be able to learn something new
- Learn, grow, and be shaped into something better from every obstacle
Joycelyn Eason knew how to work hard when she was in the military. While she was deploying overseas, in addition to her military gear, she took a bag full of books in order to complete a Masters Degree. When she came home the next step was to go to law school.
After succeeding in that, she worked at a law firm using her innate intuition for solving tough problems to make an impact. Once she had two children, though she wanted a new challenge and a change of pace. She turned to becoming an in-house attorney for Wells Fargo.
While there, she’s progressed through the ranks to ultimately become Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Senior Counsel to the Consumer Banking and Corporate Regulatory Division of the Wells Fargo Law Department.
She still managed to become a first-degree black belt and be a great wife and mother at the same time. Learn how she added the strength to believe in her position to the ability to learn from anyone and the humility to know when to concede the point to become a top-notch lawyer.
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Links and Resources
- Odyssey Gifted and Talented Program in South Carolina
- Code Switching
- Kaplan LSAT Training
- Learning logic for law school
- Bradley Arant Boult Cummings
- Summer associate
- Summer clerk
- Billable hours
- In-house counsel
- Wells Fargo