#PressforProgress: Kelley Howes

Kelley Howes is of counsel in our Denver office. She has experience with a wide range of legal, regulatory, compliance, corporate governance, insurance, and other matters relating primarily to the representation of U.S. registered and unregistered investment companies, offshore funds, registered investment advisers, transfer agents, and broker-dealers.

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

International Women’s Day is a visible opportunity for organizations and individuals to shed light on the continuing need for gender parity across so many aspects of society. It is a day to commit to action to help propel more women into leadership positions.

More importantly, it is a day to celebrate! This year we can celebrate concrete steps toward minimizing the gender pay gap in Iceland, the bright spotlight shining on sexual harassment in the workplace through the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, and the voice so many women and men, of every age, color, ethnicity, background, and religion are finding—and using—to challenge the status quo.

Describe a way that you’ve seen a colleague at MoFo press for progress.

I love watching of counsel Joshua Ashley Klayman push the boundaries on digital assets and blockchain, where she is globally recognized as an authority in a developing area of law.

Josh presses for progress in a transparent collegial manner not only within the firm but more broadly in her active social media presence, speaking engagements, and her advocacy for diversity in this new industry. She is brilliant and collaborative, and is genuinely pleasant to work with, in a fast moving technology and finance based industry that seems to change daily and faces regulatory and political headwinds. She is also a devoted mother to her four kids and an active pro bono participant. Her energy is seemingly boundless!

What woman most inspires you, and why?

Is it a cliché to say my mother? She went back to work as a bank teller when I was in high school while simultaneously pursuing her bachelor’s degree and raising me and my two brothers as a single parent.

She went on to become the corporate head of human resources for a successful regional community bank where she helped handle multiple integrations of smaller banks, often as the only woman on the integration team. Throughout her career, she was unfailingly polite and hardworking and personified —for me—the word “gracious.”

Despite physical setbacks caused by illness in recent years, she inspires me daily with her positive attitude and unfailing sense of humor.