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Laura Cowan

Laura Cowan

Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.

I'm Laura Cowan, Founder & Owner of the Law Office of Laura Cowan, a Trusts & Estates law firm in Manhattan. I am also Founder & CEO of She's Having A Business!, a global community helping women entrepreneurs avoid the legal and financial pitfalls common to all business owners.

Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?

My favorite Ellevate memory is being published in Forbes! I wrote an article about the most expensive legal mistakes entrepreneurs make, and now it's on Forbes' website. Very exciting!

What is one of your most memorable career accomplishments?

I opened a law practice from scratch in NYC and haven't gone bankrupt. That is something I NEVER thought I would capable of doing, let alone succeed at. I now believe the sky is the limit. There's no stopping me.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

I draft wills for a living. It's so rewarding when people hug me after they sign their estate planning documents. They feel a huge sense of relief that their family and assets are protected. It makes me so happy.

What legacy do you hope to leave through your work?

I started a global community called "She's Having A Business!", which teaches women entrepreneurs how to avoid the legal and financial pitfalls common to all business owners. I hope my legacy will be helping as many women as possible support themselves through their own business.

What is it about your job that makes you feel it’s the right fit for you?

I have my own law practice as opposed to working for someone else, and this is definitely the right fit for me. I am as much an entrepreneur as I am a lawyer and opening my practice has been hands down the most rewarding thing I've ever done. I practice Trusts & Estates law, which lets me use my CPA alongside my law degree to help people protect their assets and family.

Who are your role models?

Audrey Gelman and Lauren Kassan, Founders of The Wing (www.the-wing.com). They have created a space and culture that supports women in every possible way. They are going to change the world.

What would you say your personal superpower is?

Grit. Hands down. One of my close friends said to me, "Nothing stops you!" It was the biggest compliment I've ever had. Failure is not an option, and I will keep going until I get it done.

What does success look like to you?

Success to me is having control over the work I do and when I do it. Having control of my schedule. Opening my own law practice has given me a freedom I never had before, and that's my version of success.

What is one piece of advice you’d offer working moms?

To not be too hard on yourself. Having a career does not make you lesser parent! Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.


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