We are so happy to be featuring Tracy Hall, Legal Counsel at Plains Midstream Canada! Ever since I first met her, she has inspired me with her strong work ethic, passion for her career and the fact that she is a female lawyer in the predominantly male oil & gas world of Calgary. Not an easy feat! She is also one of the most genuine ladies with a true sense of empathy for others. Have I also mentioned her great sense of humour and fashion sense?! Needless to say, she has the perfect mix of what we look for to help inspire the future generation of female business leaders. When we approached her about speaking at NextGen she was all over it! We are excited to hear her speak and give a genuine depiction of what it is like after University and what she would have done differently or the same leading to her successful career in the present. Read on to find out what inspires her, what she is most proud of and her hilarious thoughts on apples. To RSVP for the NextGen click HERE.
Q. As a female Lawyer, what kind of advice can you offer to other women who are pursuing their dreams of becoming lawyers themselves?
As an articling student, a judge once told a group of us that “law is a jealous mistress”. It is a profession that will take as much of you as it can, demanding long hours and personal sacrifice. But if you want to succeed, don’t lose yourself in the process. Take time for yourself, for your health, for your friends and your family. Also, “balance” may be a fluid concept that is not defined by an 8 hour workday, but it could mean that when you have a transaction, you will have long hours and little personal time in order to meet client obligations and deadlines, but that can be balanced by taking more time for yourself after the transaction has closed.
(Candid answer: Think long and hard. Way better gigs for less work and more pay.)
Q. What do you love most about being a lawyer?
I love that the work is always different and challenging. You will never see the same issue or file twice as the facts of each file will always change, so each circumstance will be challenging. Lawyers are also non-traditional helpers because we are problem solvers. Someone will come to you with a problem or a goal as to what should be accomplished, and you try to find the means to get to the end.
(Candid answer: The quote from “The Devil’s Advocate’: Law is the ultimate backstage pass.)
Q. What are you most proud of in your career?
I’m proud that I have maintained a strong sense of self. It can be easy to lose yourself in this process (eg. by getting swept up into the rat race or losing touch with your friends).
(Candid answer: I didn’t step over any bodies to get ahead and didn’t throw myself out the window during any closings.)
Q. What time do you start your day?
I typically start around 8 or 8:30am, but this can be a bit flexible depending on the day and what needs to be done.
(Candid answer: 8:30 or 9am but that looks bad when I am surrounded by early birds, so let’s bump up the answer by 30 minutes… it’s all about optics.)
Please finish these sentences…
Apples…are a boring fruit and much more interesting as a symbol of temptation, sin and adoration.
My life…continues to unfold in unexpected ways, but having life twist in unplanned and sometimes painful ways can turn out to be beautiful.
Work…is where you will spend most of your waking hours, so find something that is satisfying, enjoyable and challenging but don’t let work define you.
Happiness…is a choice and sometimes we have to fight for it, but it’s also okay to allow yourself to feel all your emotions in order to heal, to be human, or to work through certain issues that your inner self may be feeling. There can be intense pressure to be happy, but there need not be any shame or weakness when feeling not happy. But when you are given the opportunity, try to choose happiness.
Sunshine… is great in moderation but can cause wrinkles and skin cancer, so use sunscreen.