Crystal Kaldjob is an associate in the Financial Services Group of our Washington, D.C. office. Her practice focuses on advising financial services clients on a wide range of issues in regulatory and transactional contexts.
What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
International Women’s Day is a day of pride—to acknowledge the steps we’ve taken in the past; a day of reflection—to take stock of the challenges ahead; a day of activism—to take not only small actions, but also to take meaningful and impactful actions; a day of celebration—to honor those that are advancing the cause; and a day of encouragement—to encourage friends, family, and colleagues to be vibrant and confident in pressing for progress.
Describe a way that you’ve seen a colleague at MoFo press for progress.
Each day in the office, I am encouraged by the women and men working at MoFo, particularly our women partners who not only encourage me in my career, but encourage positive visibility of women associates within the firm. Our partners celebrate the individual achievements and successes of women associates and also nominate them for opportunities within the firm.
What woman most inspires you, and why?
To narrow it down to one woman is difficult, but, if I had to pick two, I would say first, my mother, of course, whom I affectionately call Betty. She attended segregated schools, lived through the civil rights movement, and yet still remains vibrant and faces life with grace, fearlessness, and confidence in her very own way. Every day, she inspires me to just be my best—as a lawyer, a wife, a sister, a daughter, and a friend.
Second, partner Obrea Poindexter inspires me. She is a strong, respected, and intelligent leader. Michelle Obama once said that “when you’ve worked hard, and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you. You reach back and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed.” Obrea not only embodies that principle, but she also presses for progress (advancing the visibility of women in the firm), and inspires and encourages me to do the same.