Interview with Kristen McFetridge

Sarah Ingwersen International Women's Day, Career Advice

Taylor Root is proud to be supporting International Women's Day 2017. We have interviewed a series of our female clients asking them how they have been bold for change #BeBoldForChange

We interviewed with Kristin McFetridge, Chief Counsel, Portfolio Products and Standards, BT Legal.

How do you achieve work-life balance?
I think it is critical that we are clear in ourselves what our priorities are and set boundaries to protect those priorities, while remaining fluid around flexing those boundaries when required by making a trade elsewhere/at another time. For example, it is critical for me to be healthy in body and mind, so I spend time every day practicing mindfulness and exercise through yoga, running or other activities. If I am particularly busy on a day and am unable to get to the gym or get home in time to unwind, I will review my calendar for the next few days to see where I can delay or cut other areas of important/not-urgent or not important/not urgent meetings or activities, so that I can be sure to balance out my week. To be able to do this effectively, you have to know your priorities so you can identify what has to come first for you as well as what that those important/not urgent or not important/not urgent matters are.

What were the main drivers in helping you succeed in your career?
It sounds trite, but embracing my failures and using them as an opportunity to self-reflect and make necessary changes. I have grown the most when things didn’t turn out as I had hoped, because I had the humility to examine the outcome and the clarity to see the potential changes and learnings.

What would your advice be to women who are trying to achieve their career ambitions?
Don’t let anyone else tell you what you CAN’T do – you might not be able to do anything and everything you want, but let that be because you decided you didn’t want to make the sacrifices or changes necessary, not because someone else let you believe it was beyond you. If you want to be a CEO, change careers, go back to school, go work in another country or achieve anything else and you are determined to do it, then be relentless.