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S&L Ladies in the Limelight: Jody Leighty

S&L Ladies in the Limelight is a six-part series featuring candid Q&A’s with the ladies of Stock and Leader on what it means to strive for success in entrepreneurship.

Ever heard someone say, “success doesn’t always come easy”?  Well, believe it or not, it’s the truth.

Take it from Attorney Jody Leighty.  She’s spent the past 23 years hard at work building a successful legal practice and she’ll be the first to admit, it wasn’t always easy.

That’s why she’s using her estate planning know-how to help entrepreneurs just like herself develop long-term plans to protect their business and its legacy. From charitable giving to preservation of assets, Jody provides her clients with the individualized attention they need to feel confident about the future.

Let’s just say, in Jody’s world, there’s no such thing as letting success slip away.

Want to know more? Read what she had to say:

What does being a successful female entrepreneur mean to you?

Being a successful entrepreneur means building a book of business and a solid base of clients whom I serve.  I believe that if your focus is serving your clients, then success will inevitably follow.  If your sole focus is financial reward, then success will allude you.  When I first started, I took every client and case that walked in the door, just to get established.  Now, after 23 years, I am able to limit my practice to the areas I enjoy, which are real estate, estate planning and administration.

What would you say was your biggest challenge in building your own entrepreneurial success?

I built my practice prior to having a family and I was able to devote a lot of time to building my practice.  My biggest challenge is maintaining that business and success while also having a family.  Once you build a business, you can’t sit back and relax.  You must continue to work with the same intensity and drive in order to maintain the business.  Furthermore, my clients deserve unrivaled service regardless of my personal obligations.  Balancing business and family life is difficult and if I ever figure out the secret, I’ll be a millionaire. 

What advice would you offer to aspiring female entrepreneurs?

Never give up.  The process of building a business will be daunting, exhilarating, frustrating, entertaining, and even maddening, but ultimately rewarding.  There will be many times when you feel like you want to throw in the towel, but never give up.

In your opinion, what does the future of entrepreneurship look like?

Everything and everyone is connected.  Regardless of the type of business, collaboration and cooperation with other businesses, networks and people will be a critical component of success.  In addition, our world and business is constantly changing, so embrace change and remain ever flexible.

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