Every morning when I wish you all good morning, I think to myself where it is that I meet you? With the morning coffee? On the way to the office? In the middle of an important department meeting?
If we're talking about one particular career woman then one thing is definitely clear – She's already managed to get up to date with all the latest, listen to the morning show, blow dry her hair, straighten it, put on THE perfect outfit and make it to the office while reading every email and message possible. All that after an extremely short night because she simply had to stay up and watch the most popular TV show. In other words – meet Attorney at Law Liat Golan.
A few weeks ago I decided to expose, in a series of articles, these secret career women club members who are a constant source of inspiration to me.
WARNING: The following article is not for the faint hearted! ;- )
I met Liat on my first day as an intern at an attorney's office. All of us excited interns gathered in the meeting room waiting to hear the speech of the person who was head of the office. While slightly timid still with each other and busy with small talk and chewing on complementary baked goods, as was customary when participating in such meetings, the door opened and through it appeared (fashionably late, of course) an impressive woman, upright and proud, dark flowy hair, dressed in white pants and a hypnotizing electric blue collared jacket, who looked like a model straight out of a Fashion magazine.
The room was silent. It also seemed like time had stopped as Liat walked confidently towards her chair and sat down. After I managed to pick my jaw up off the floor, I realized that I just had to know who later would become a good friend of mine thanks to her rare inner beauty, her keen sense of humor, her generosity and warmth that just flows from her.
Since my internship seven years have passed and each one of us turned to a different field. I went to the capital market and Liat paved herself a successful career in real estate. She currently serves as legal counsel of the Canada-Israel group.
So where do we find you at eight thirty?
"In the office, I like to start the day early, think about the tasks up ahead, plan out my schedule and take advantage of an hour of quiet before the phone starts to go off, the meetings and the unexpected swallow up another day."
If you weren't the legal counsel for the Canada-Israel group you'd probably be…?
"Hmmm… my friends always joke that in my free time I dabble in Psychology and Cosmetics – listening, advising and spoiling them, so maybe one of these areas :- )
But honestly, I really love my job so I don't think about that often … Plus, I have so many interests that it's really hard to tell."
What is the most useful item in your wardrobe?
"It's hard for me to choose one item. I have a number of really useful items and, in general, I fall in love with my clothes (or not) and those that catch my heart I end up using to death.
When it comes to the office, the simpler the better, the most useful item for a lawyer is that classic white buttoned up shirt – with a skirt, slacks and also jeans. In the book "life and what I was wearing", said Shelly Gross, "Do you have more than 5 white shirts?" That question really made me laugh, I have over 30 … Cotton shirts that are tough, soft, smooth, unique (although I pretty much only like 5 of them so I end up just wearing them).
Outside the office, during summer I like to wear these black chiffon summer shorts I bought in Las Vegas seven years ago. They're high cut and fit day and evening. As for the winter, I keep an impressive collection of Jamie Jeans from TopShop and make sure I buy every new color that comes out."
What will you never wear to work?
"In fashion, like in life, my philosophy is always – "Never Say Never".
Plastics, delivery or having lunch out?
"Eating out for sure! It's refreshing in the middle of the work day. I work with amazing people, they're my best friends, so every moment I get to spend with them the better. Having said that, I do have to make clear that having lunch out is an idea that doesn't always go hand in hand with the work pace and for that it only really happens once or twice a week. The rest of the days I simply grab a sandwich from the kitchen."
Have you got some tips for managing a successful career?
The most important tip was given to me by my Father – "Lots of people are really good at what they do, but only people who love what they do can excel". So that's my number one tip – find that thing that we love so that work and fun mix.
"Work hard, play hard" – another tip no less important (and cliche as long as I remain an avid David Guetta fan). At my work I don't have set work hours, I am required to be available day and night to the clients, crew and management. Therefore, I fully take advantage of the quieter periods. I take time for myself, travel, have some fun and clear my head. It keeps the mind sane and I warmly recommend it to all of you".
Have you got tips for a successful wardrobe?
"The clothes we wear today are the way we tell the world who we are. Today, in my 30's, having already formed a style I identify with, that is flattering and that I like, my tip is to stick with your authentic look – the one you believe in, don't chase after the trends. It's more important to feel good and confident in your look than to look current.
Another tip, and no less important – self pampering. Give yourself the time in the morning to put on a little make up, fix up your hair and put that extra effort in to your accessories. That is my way to enhance my look. And of course, not to always choose the comfortable option ;- )"
Success in a male dominated work environment – possible or pretentious?
Absolutely possible! I work in real estate, in other words 90% male, and I'm sure that if you ask any man in my company about their level of satisfaction from the work the women do, they will tell you that the achievements of a woman in the company is equal to that of three men. The women in our office are extremely strong, they get the work done, resolve any issues quickly and efficiently and pretty much drive the whole system.
At previous lawyer's offices I worked at before Canada-Israel I had the same feeling and I hope that it would be the same at every workplace".
liat's look – DRESS: ted baker / HANDBAG: louis vuitton / heels: Christian Louboutin / sunglasses: chanel / BRACELET: Tiffany & Co
thank you: bakery dizengoff for the stylish and Delicious sweets!