HEADQUARTERS: 35 offices worldwide
WEBSITE: www.gtlaw.com
BUSINESS: Law firm
REVENUES: $1.243 billion
TITLE: Managing Shareholder, Atlanta Office, National Coordinator for Local Branding and Development, and Chair of the Atlanta Litigation Practice
EDUCATION: AB, Harvard University; JD, Northwestern University School of Law
WHAT I’M READING: Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn: A Saga of Race and Family, by Gary M. Pomerantz
INTERESTS: Raising two daughters, barbecue competitions, travel

How do you give back to the African American community?

African Americans are twice as likely to be diagnosed with diabetes as non-Hispanic whites. I’ve been an ardent supporter of the American Diabetes Association by raising funds to advocate research. I also serve on the Executive Committee of the National Center for Civil & Human Rights, whose mission is to teach others about human rights struggles around the world, advocate and to embrace justice. Only in this way can younger generations understand our history, celebrate progress, and civilly confront today’s issues.

Are there any words of wisdom you would like to pass along to our readers?

Fearlessness is a great leadership trait that has been tested in recent years. Without some degree of fearlessness, great things just don’t happen. Wall Street has made everyone jumpy. More often than ever, big ideas and energy are translated into someone being viewed as a “bull in a China shop.” As leaders, we should embrace fearlessness and pursue big plans and dreams.