#137: Sabbaticals & Career Swerves with Guest Zohra Tejani

Have you ever wished you could take extended time off to unplug or figure out what you want to do next with your life?

Today’s guest is Zohra Tejani and she did just that. After 14 years at Microsoft and more than 2 years as Assistant General Counsel at VMware, Zohra made the bold decision to take time off to reconsider what she really wanted.

You’ll hear the about doubts and fears that Zohra faced and moved through during this process as well as the realizations that she uncovered. If you’ve ever wondered if you can swerve at any moment in your career, today’s episode will make clear that the answer to that is a resounding YES!

What we cover in this episode:

  • Zohra’s background including why she first went to law school and the career path that led her to where she is now
  • Why her acceptance speech for the Rick Palmore Award at this year’s Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Alumni Symposium caused so much buzz
  • The big swerve that Zohra recently made in her career and all of the fears she faced along the way
  • What she learned about space, time, and perspective this year
  • How her “sabbatical” resulted in a big decision that she’s announcing today

Wanting to explore a career swerve of your own? Be sure to apply for the Career Clarity Mastermind with Amy Gardner and Keith Sbiral. You can apply at https://www.apochromatik.com/futureinfocus2020

Already know what you want? Applications are now open for The 2020 Experience, my annual mastermind for ambitious, high-achieving women. It’s a transformational experience limited to 32 women ready to achieve major goals while doubling down on self-care. If you’re ready to have a breakout year filled with intense hustle and flow, be sure to apply at http://2020mastermindexperience.com/  

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Professional Bio

Heather Joy Hubbard is an attorney, speaker, author, and strategic coach. Through her personal and professional development company, she helps attorneys reduce stress, manage priorities, and build a book of business. Prior to her work helping professionals find more balance and success, Heather was a partner and practice group leader at an AmLaw 200 firm. She has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Copyright, Trademark, Intellectual Property Litigation and Patent Litigation, Mid-South SuperLawyers, Benchmark Litigation and Managing IP Stars. She was also named one of Nashville's Top 40 under 40 by the Nashville Business Journal. Heather graduated  summa cum laude   from the University of Louisville and received her  juris doctorate  from Vanderbilt University Law School.

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