Our #RothLife series features Coworkers in various roles across the country, giving a glimpse of who we are as a company, and what it looks like to be a champion of Roth’s culture.
Meet Deirdre, our Branch Manager in Los Angeles. Not only is Deirdre a (very) enthusiastic champion of our culture, but she’s hilarious to boot! We recently got the chance to chat with her about her typical day, her best career advice, and her insatiable love of food.
Q: What do you do at Roth?
Branch Manager at Adams & Martin Group Los Angeles, #goamgla!
Q: What do your friends and family think you do?
Cute story- my Dad is a retired LA District Attorney and conveniently only remembers that I find Attorneys new jobs even though I’ve told him I recruit for all positions in a law firm/corporate legal department. However, I don’t mind having to correct him because he earns his keep by networking for Adams & Martin Group at District Attorney alumni events, Rotary, etc. you name it! We occasionally get calls at the office from candidates that “Dirk Hudson” referred which can be hit or miss because he’s a softie. Funny thing though, I recently realized I learned to network from my parents. I called them one night en route home from a late Legal Administrators networking event and he and my mom bragged about skill marketing Adams & Martin Group to former DA Steve Cooley at an event. Then she bragged about the excellent cheese.
Q: What does a typical day look like for you?
My day starts at 5 when my dogs Sasha and Cody jump on me to go walk before my commute into DTLA from the LBC. Get to work, turn up some music and get cracking on the phones. My first strength is Achiever (Woo rising) so I enjoy strategically checking off my many post-it lists and racking up PAR by calling into law firms and networking with candidates and clients. Legal industry peeps are always pretty interesting and good for intellectually stimulating conversation. Insert a lot of team discussion about food and new restaurants, the wonders of certain Pandora playlists (especially 90’s hip hop and hipster cocktail party since DTLA is land of the hipster) and oh yes, most importantly, frequent team strategizing about how to meet our personal and collective goals.
Q: What is the best thing about your job?
Helping people find fulfilling next steps in their legal career in more collegial/stable firm environments through honest discourse and expectation setting. I find that people in legal appreciate – and welcome- honest feedback. It’s interesting how often they don’t get it from our competition. I love that in my 12 years here I’ve placed some of my returning Ambassadors 3-4 times in permanent positions. And some referrals have said that they were told “go to Deirdre, she’ll tell you the truth”, which I love.
Q: What is something your Coworkers might not know about you?
I’ve played the violin for 25+ years in various orchestras including the Grenoble City Symphony in France. I’ve travelled to 6 of the 7 continents. Briefly been on two reality shows which thankfully no one will ever find on YouTube. I dare you to try.
Q: Before working at Roth, what was the most interesting job you’ve ever had?
First job after college I worked in the Santa Barbara office of a huge international Swedish educational company with a North American HQ in Boston called EF (Europieske Ferieskolen which stands for “holiday school”). It successfully allowed me to put off my decision about law school for awhile while I designed international educational tours for college professors and their students and was able to travel and bum around the world for free. Been to Australia twice, Africa, all over Europe, you name it.
Q: If you could switch roles with anyone else in the company, whose job would you want?
Staci Johnson because she gets to do fun marketing copy and design neat marketing materials. Plus, the Marketing team seems like a fun group and they always have good Halloween costumes. GOTH Staffing? HILARIOUS!
Q: If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it?
Either “Talking to Strangers” or “Work in Progress.” The first would be because I enjoy meeting and swapping stories with people of all backgrounds and walks of life. (there’s that Woo strength) The second title is a play on words referring to both the fact that a.) I’m always moving fast and working on something and it’s really hard for me to sit still (the Achiever in me), AND b.) the fact that I know I always have something valuable to learn from anyone I cross paths with- regardless of their stage in, or walk of, life.
Q: Do you have a personal mantra or motto?
Our team has a ton. Like everyone, we’re into a lot of hashtags these days, e.g. #polished. I randomly have been saying “Get ‘er done” way too frequently which makes it annoyingly funnier- at least it is to me, probably not to anyone else! Those who know me well know I’m not a “Larry the Cable Guy” type of gal, but the phrase occurred to me on one of our busier days and stuck. A deeper answer to that would be the quote I have taped to my computer monitor that’s been there for years. I look at it when I’m having a rough day: “When the moment comes- when we’re afraid, exhausted or tempted- what choice do we make? Do we abandon our values? Do we give in? Do we accept average performance because that’s what everyone else accepts? Do we capitulate to the pressure of the moment? Do we give up on our dreams when we’ve been slammed by brutal facts? The greatest…we’ve studied throughout all our researched cared as much about values as victory, as much about purpose as profit, as much about being useful, as successful.”- Great by Choice, Jim Collins
Q: What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far?
Learn from everyone all the time. Don’t be dishonest- even by omission- it comes back to bite you every time. Don’t second guess your gut.
Q: What did you want to be when growing up?
A Lawyer like my Dad. Or a Painter like my Grandmother.
Q: What would people never guess you do in your role?
Clean the fridge and microwave.
Q: What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
Food. Good food. Gourmet. Multi-cultural. You name it. I enjoy trying new restaurants and love everything from dim sum to pupusas to foie gras. I’m a major foodie. I think that has been my answer to at least 3 questions. Did I mention I like to eat?
Q: What is the best advice you can give to somebody starting a new job at Roth?
Keep an open mind and don’t overthink it. Learn from everyone you interact with. Don’t be afraid of people, or to be yourself. Even if you’re a big dork like me.
Q: What do you most admire about your Coworkers?
They’re so incredibly intelligent, funny and downright nice people. I’m truly blessed to work with such a special team and company.
Q: What do you think your Coworkers most admire in you?
Hopefully the fact that I genuinely do my best to support them consistently with whatever they need and truly care about them!
Q: You’re happiest when?
I’m either helping someone, or I’ve just come up with a solution to a tough problem, or travelling somewhere new. OR, you guessed it, when I’m eating something.