Networked – how a group of women came together to write a book during Covid-19

On this episode of Fringe Legal Edge – host Abhijat Saraswat speaks with six outstanding women.

There are each uniquely impressive, but all have one thing in common. They met (as well as 14 others) through a Linkedin networking group at the beginning of the pandemic. This one act led to the writing of an anthology of their struggles, experiments, and triumphs.

Ab speaks with Winter Wheeler, Shari E. Belitz, Esq., Lisa Lang, Laura M. Gregory, Esq., Deb Feder, and Christon Halkiotis.

Their stories are endearing; they show authenticity, talk about insecurities, confidence, and about what can happen when you show up.

Here is a peek into their stories:

Takeaway 1: How Shari E. Belitz, Esq. shed the label of ‘side hustle’ and became “founder and CEO… No side. Lots of hustle.”

Takeaway 2: How Laura M. Gregory, Esq., CPCU made insurance coverage interesting to the masses and grew her following from 1k to 6k in just six months! LauraHasItCovered

Takeaway 3: How Christon Halkiotis lesson about riding a motorcycle through curves in a road (acceleration helps give you the traction necessary for a change) would apply equally to her move from a prosecutor to a private defense attorney.

Takeaway 4: How Winter Wheeler struggled with going for her passion career (“my goal was right on the horizon, I was crippled by the notion that because I had worked so hard for my litigation career”) until she had no choice. And, how she found success through a careful and planned approach (even when sometimes didn’t know how!)

Takeaway 5: How Deb Feder created the same kitchen table environment in a virtual world, the same kind of environment she had seen her parents create to bring communities together. Also, her recipe for corn dip sounds delicious!

Takeaway 6: How Lisa Lang overcame her fear of networking (“I remember my first post—not the content, but the feeling I had when I hit the “post” button. It was sheer panic. I immediately logged out of LinkedIn.”) in three months to go from lurker to contributor to creator.

You can find #Networked: How 20 Women Lawyers Overcame the Confines of COVID-19 Social Distancing to Create Connections, Cultivate Community, & Build Businesses in the Midst of a Global Pandemic on Amazon

About the Author
Ab is the Host of the Fringe Legal podcast. He is a technologist, with an interest in LegalTech. Outside of the podcast, Ab is the VP, International Business at Litera. He is a Barrister (non-practicing), and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2015. Abhijat holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Forensic Science and Neuroscience from the University of Keele, UK.

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