Amy Conyway-Hatcher - Infinitely More
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Amy Conway-Hatcher is a mother, daughter, wife, sister and middle child, attorney and a former Federal prosecutor. After 6 years as a prosecutor, Amy moved to private practice eventually becoming an equity partner in one of several firms that make up what is known as ‘Big Law’. These large legal entities with sometimes thousands of lawyers and offices in countries all over the world.
She was often one of the ‘only’, or certainly very few women who had attained her level of compensation and respect. She was and is a woman that others looked up to and aspired to be.
You were a warrior career mom. And she never let them see her sweat.
But, it seemed no matter how many hours, how many clients, how many extras she undertook to make it to each successive level of achievement, there was an acknowledged and apparently insurmountable imbalance between her and her male counterparts – both at the board table and the kitchen table.
She changed firms a few times to bridge the compensation gap but the rules were simply different for women. The compensation, the opportunities, as well as the expectation of complicity when it came to boorish behavior, and the appearance of diversity and inclusion.
And the pace never let up - for years. Her children were becoming teenagers, her parents were having health issues and so was she.
In the end, she did the unthinkable. She handed in her resignation on International Women’s Day, in 2021. She left the career that had been her whole life.
Since then there have been numerous articles written about the ‘Great Resignation’. One article in particular compelled her to speak and write about her experiences, which resulted in her wonderful book: Infinitely More: Choosing Freedom, A Career Mom’s Turning Point.
Amy is paying it forward.
All proceeds of Infinitely More will be donated to non-profits that support women and girls, including the Girl Up (UN Foundation), Together Rising, Women's Bar Association Foundation of the District of Columbia, and YoungLeaders.World.
Book: Infinitely More: Choosing Freedom, A Career Mom’s Turning Point.
FB: @Amy Conway-Hatcher
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