Judi Flom is a retired corporate attorney who works with several nonprofit organizations as an advisor or member of their boards. She is a trustee of the America-Israel Friendship League, a member of the Global Advisory Council and National Cabinet of The Woodrow Wilson International Center For Scholars, and a founding member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior at Harvard Law School and Massachusetts General Hospital. She founded and sponsors the Judi Flom Winners Concert for the Concert Artists Guild, is a member of the Augustus Juilliard Society, and is a former trustee of The Juilliard School. She was also a trustee of The Orchestra of St. Luke’s, The Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation, Sing For Hope, and Turnaround For Children.
Words You Live By: Create your own happiness and opportunities – don’t wait for them to come to you. Life is not a dress rehearsal.
What was your dream job as a kid and why? When I was eight years old, I wanted to be a successful concert pianist. When I was about twenty-six it hadn’t happened so I chose my next best thing and became an attorney. The legal profession is my dream job: it is very creative and has enabled me to make a difference.
Who inspired or inspires you and why? My late husband, Joseph Flom. He was not only a legendary attorney, he was a thoughtful, caring, and kind philanthropist. Joe cared more about people than he did himself, and he was absolutely dedicated to promoting women in the legal profession.
What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment? Becoming self-sufficient to the point I can help others. When it’s all said and done, philanthropy is what really matters in life.
When you began your career, did you ever imagine that you would be a leader in a male-dominated profession? Actually, I did. I was older than most when I graduated from law school, and had a lot of life and business experiences to offer. And I have always felt that being a strong woman gets much more attention than being a strong man (sorry guys!)
What are two key strategies that can help women achieve a more prominent role in their organizations? Discover what your organization lacks and needs, and step up and fill the void. Go for it, and do it well!
Pearls of Wisdom: Never promote yourself at the expense of others. Women need to stick together unless there is a justifiable, unselfish reason for not doing so.