Another #FebruaryFeature is here! I hope you are all caught up. If not, read the intro here and then read about Neena, Roberta, Z’a, and Gidget! Every one of these features have been encouraging, inspiring, and thought-provoking. Today I introduce a woman who I have known and has given me advice since coming in as a 1L, Miya Angel’e the founder of PRO-Girl Inc.
Who is Miya?
Miya Angel’e is an attorney at Burr Forman LLP where she practices in the firm’s Labor & Employment and Financial Services Litigation Practice Groups. Miya earned her undergraduate degree from The University of Alabama and concurrently earned her Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration from Samford University. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and outside of practicing law, she enjoys reading, wine, movies, and traveling.
Why did you choose law school?
I chose law school because of my passion for helping others and my keen interest in America’s broken justice system.
Entering law school, did you see yourself on the traditional legal career path? Why or why not?
Yes. Entering law school, I wasn’t fully aware of “unorthodox” legal careers. Moreover, many of the lawyers that I knew had taken a traditional legal career path. Thus, upon entering law school, my goal was to excel, pass the bar, and land a position with a firm that had a national/international footprint.
Why did you choose to become an entrepreneur while still deciding to be an attorney?
I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit. However, the timing had never been right. Once I realized that the timing would never be right, I took a leap of faith and decided to pursue what God had placed on my heart–PRO-Girl.
What is the purpose of your business?
PRO-Girl aims to be a hub where women can support, encourage, and inspire other women to be fearless and to follow their dreams.
Did law school teach you how to be an entrepreneur?
While law school did not necessarily teach me how to be an entrepreneur, it allowed me to acquire certain social skills and a network that has been vital and will likely continue to be vital in my career as an entrepreneur.
What skills have you learned as a law student or attorney that have translated to how you operate as an entrepreneur?
I’ve learned the importance of client development, horizontal networking, and the concept of “resolution thinking” no matter the circumstances. These skills have allowed me to focus on both getting and retaining clients/customers, using family and friends around me to generate business, and understanding the importance of providing a solution to a client’s problem no matter what.
What are some of your professional goals?
My professional goals include: learning a new language, continuing to grow my book of business, and expanding PRO-Girl Inc. into a multi-billion dollar brand.
If you could go back in your law school career, what would you change or keep the same? Why?
I would have taken more time to enjoy the journey. When you’re ambitious and always working towards accomplishing the next goal, it is very easy to forget to take the time to enjoy the moment.
Any tips for law students or attorneys who want to be an entrepreneur?
Go for it! Stop waiting for the perfect moment! Be fearless and have faith.
Grab the encouragement and inspiration that you can from these features. Miya dropped some nuggets that can help you in your journey. She also wants you all to know PRO-Girl will be taking over all Summer ’19! In the month of February PRO-Girl is highlighting professional women from all walks of life. So go over to @progirlinc on Instagram and PRO-Girl on Facebook to be encouraged and to see the women being featured. I know I have been inspired by the content PRO-Girl is putting out.