THIS DASHING EMPLOI OF THE MONTH GIVES NEW DEFINITION TO "BEING ALL YOU CAN BE". ACHIEVEMENTS IN HER CHOSEN FIELD OF LAW, COUPLED WITH HER INSPIRATIONAL CHARITABLE PROJECTS, HAVE MADE THIS NATURALLY MAGNANIMOUS SPIRIT ONE OF OUR HEROS. MEET KELLI LANE.

RESUME: After law school, Kelli landed a prestigious federal clerkship in New York City, and following some time practicing public interest law, she joined one of the premier law firms in the country. Her practice involves not only high profile bankruptcy and products liability cases, but also art law and intellectual property matters. A staunch supporter of community service, Kelli has been recognized for her mentoring with the Ron H. Brown Center Summer Law School Preparatory Program and for her pro bono service. At her core is a long-time love for the arts and support of the New York City Ballet, Studio Museum in Harlem, and MoMA.

PATH TO THE TOP: I was raised by inspirational women—grandmother, mother, and sister—who shared with me their love for the arts, the importance of education and a deep appreciation for the world beyond the four corners of my hometown of Birmingham, AL. My grandmother, especially, was an early pioneer in our family, majoring in French and chemistry in college and receiving her Master’s degree from the University of Michigan at a time when such opportunities for women (and men) like her were rare. She taught me to never let others define my goals or success, and that life truly is about the path, enriched by great family, friends, and mentors.

DEFINING MOMENT: Several key moments come to mind: My family hosting dance students from the former Soviet Union when I was twelve, moving to New York City after college, and seeing a young woman I mentored years ago overcome great challenges to achieve her dream of getting into law school. The experiences gave me perspectives about a world greater than I had ever imagined or learned about in a book, and they taught me the true value of “paying it forward”.

STATEMENT PIECE: I love wearing rich beautiful colors and classic tailoring, paired with unique jewelry and shoes for a little edge and a conversation starter. The Park dress in fuchsia/black from emploi definitely complements my style, facilitating an easy and comfortable transition from the office during the day to an art opening or business function at night.

All images by (c) Constantine Gorelick Photography