For Women's History Month, we sat down with Nancy Lieberman, Of Counsel, at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates because she still is the youngest person to ever make partner at one of the world's highest grossing law firms.
But #AlphaRising wanted to take the time to honor her, because she is not just one of the firm's biggest rainmakers, she rose from a tragedy and went on to hit the pinnacles of her career.
Back in 2007, she was in a ski accident that left her as a quadriplegic. And while she has since gotten movement in her arms, that chair has not stopped her from working on the biggest M&A deals in history.
More importantly for Nancy, she is using her prestige and power to advance spinal injury research.
Because, as she told me, she will walk again. And she is doing everything in her power to make sure she, and other people with spinal injuries, do so too.
As a matter of fact, she learned that a surcharge on New York State speeding tickets that was supposed to fund spinal cord injury research, was instead being used to pay the state's overdue bills.
Well, do you want to guess who was on the lobbying team to get that money redirected back to spinal research?
In October 2014, Lieberman was appointed to serve as a director of the New York State Spinal Cord Injury Review Board, by Governor Andrew Cuomo, which determines where the research money will go each year.
So improvements are being made, much thanks to Leiberman.
Watch a piece her inspirational story above now.
Then be sure to watch our full interview here!