My son was (not too happily) working as a teller with a local bank when he went to his 5th reunion last year. He left it with a lead and a strong recommendation from a classmate for a new position. Two months later he ended up getting the job and, much to his mother’s relief, is now more gainfully–and happily–employed. Such is the power of reunion connections!
You know the standard line about reunions: “Come back to reconnect … to reconnect … to reconnect.” After all, it’s not what you know but who you know. And, as with my son, knowing the right person can make a big difference.
Take the case of Leslie Ching Allen. As described in an earlier post, Leslie moved to Seattle as a University of Washington undergraduate and law school student and stayed in there to pursue her law practice. But a 2000 divorce, the attaining of majority by her children, and an aging mother eventually caused her to look homeward. A Honolulu job offer made the move possible and Leslie was on a one-way ticket to Hawaii in August 2012.
But the Hawaii job was not smooth sailing and Leslie left it just months later. Time to retrench. She downsized her apartment and belongings but upsized her outside life. Besides the inevitable job hunt, there was more time for soccer, hand stitching, and sighting the islands on foot while she hiked the mountain ridges.
On one of these quests Leslie joined the planning committee for the Punahou74 40th reunion in September.
It was there that she reconnected with Tom Farrell. As described in an earlier post, Tom runs his own law firm: Farrell & Associates. His practice focuses on family law which includes divorce, paternity, custody, child support, and restraining orders.
So what does this have to do with Leslie who practiced as a commercial litigator and disciplinary counsel?
While serving on the committee both Leslie and Tom teamed up to lead our class reunion gift effort. In the course of this service they came to learn about each other and Tom found someone he liked. The offer was made and Leslie soon became a new associate in his firm. Leslie started working with Tom in November.
When asked about the partnership Tom had nothing but praise for what Leslie brings to the firm. Calling her a quick study in family law, he was effusive in his praise for the feminine influence that she brings to the male attorney cadre in his office. With none of them having gone through a divorce, Leslie’s experience is a plus which allows her to empathize and gently guide clients through the trying litigation process … all while keeping them aware of the needs of the children.
I could say more but refer you to the “About Us” page on the Farrell & Associates website. It has a great write up about each classmate that you’ll be sure to enjoy.
Goes to show you, reunion re-connections can make a difference. Hope to see you making yours in June at Punahou74 +40!