Q&A: Pat Gillette, Rainmaker Award

The Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe partner aims to get more women in positions of leadership and economic power

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Age: 61

Q: What obstacles did you encounter on your way up?

A: I’m one of those people who have been really lucky. I’ve had very few obstacles in my career. I can’t think of anything in my formative years that I’d consider an obstacle. I don’t know whether that’s because I’m not a person who focuses on those things or because there weren’t any. If something gets in my way, I just work around it. I can’t say that I really faced discrimination, or that I faced difficult people to work with, or that there were particular issues that were really hard for me. I’m just a problem solver.

Q: How do you manage work-life balance?

A: I have two kids—one is 26 and one is 30, so I don’t have to manage it too much anymore. Although a mother’s work is never done.

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