I had to learn to sell myself and the only way to sell something successfully is to believe in it, so I had to learn to believe in myself.Leslee Cohen | Business Lawyer at Hershman Cohen
Leslee Cohen has over 20 years experience as a corporate and securities lawyer at large law firms. Trained at Wall Street securities boutique firm. Formed and led Women’s Initiative at major Chicago law firm for over 10 years. Currently she is the principal at Hershman Cohen LLC, a business law boutique firm. Her firm has a thriving securities law practice, helping clients who are raising private funds or compensating service providers with equity in order to grow their businesses. As well they assist clients in starting new enterprises and purchasing real estate.
What is your greatest fear?
Personally, anything happening to my children. Professionally, not making a mark on this world.
Why have you chosen your professional path?
I was raised to be a lawyer so that wasn’t really a “choice.” The choice to leave the big firm world to venture out on my own was a jump from the proverbial bridge because, despite being 42 years old and a partner in the firm, I still felt like a little girl professionally and was ready to grow up.
What drives you?
Positive reinforcement, especially from anyone I was able to help in some way.
What’s the biggest risk you’ve taken professionally?
Starting my firm.
How did that risk serve you?
It changed everything about me. I had to learn to sell myself and the only way to sell something successfully is to believe in it, so I had to learn to believe in myself.
What excites you the most about attending/participating in the Fear Paradox Summit?
Meeting more amazing women and connecting with some of the amazing women I’ve already met through Chicago’s tech scene.
What do you hope to leave with or hope to share with others as part of your participation?
I truly love to demystify the fundraising process from the legal side and I hope I am able to impart that to attendees. I also want to help women facing confidence issues realize that they need to identify what is special about them (because there is always something) and rely on that to sell themselves to the world.
Any parting words of wisdom?
Always try to find a woman to engage for any professional opportunity. We need to help each other!