Friday Feature: Shannon Gould
This week's Friday Feature goes out to another amazing member! Meet, Shannon Gould. You can find her working in our Fremont space with Maple Leaf Family Law, PLLC.
Shannon has been part of our community since September. After spending a few days as a member in our Capitol Hill location, she was excited to join our new Fremont space to be closer to home. Shannon found herself sitting in a science-fiction themed coworking space last summer and wondered how she got there. After some quick research, she came across a better fit: The Riveter (and we're lucky to have her!). We took some time to chat with Shannon about her work with Maple Leaf Family Law, PLLC and her experience with us.
What are a few of your favorite things about The Riveter?
The aesthetic. I focus really well in a clean, beautiful environment. The focus on women as professionals, but also as people. Jennifer Cadence (Director of Community and Operations at Fremont) – Tenacious J. She never gives up on a challenge.
Tell us about yourself! Include 3 fun facts.
My volunteer work is bailing people out of jail through the Northwest Community Bail Fund as an act of social justice. People who don’t have money plead guilty to charges just to get out of jail, or they sit in jail and risk losing their homes, jobs and children. People who have money and are charged with the exact same crimes just post their bail and leave, preserving their right to trial and meaningful negotiation, while also returning to their jobs, paying their rent and taking care of their own children. I post bail so everyone can have those privileges.
I have the nerdiest hobby ever - I like learning about etiquette and own several versions of the Emily Post Guide to Etiquette. I also love the podcast, “Awesome Etiquette." I don’t always demonstrate the best etiquette, but if you want to know the answer to an etiquette question, I can probably find it for you! I’ve also hosted a competitive etiquette dinner.
I have a three year old daughter who flipped her skirt over her head right when the drone was flying overhead and taking pictures during The Riveter Fremont Grand Opening Party. I am just grateful that she was wearing underwear.
Tell us what you do!
I am an estate planning attorney who makes the process of writing your will or trust more fun and interesting. I also work with children in the foster care system and children in highly contested divorce proceedings.
What is Maple Leaf Law?
Maple Leaf Law is my law firm. I’m Canadian, so the Maple Leaf is actually a reference to my heritage, although most people think it’s a reference to the Seattle neighborhood.
What is your #1 piece of advice to women professionals / entrepreneurs.
When you hear your internal voice start that critical or discouraging dialogue, remember to be a friend to yourself. You would never tell your good friend that they aren’t good enough, or they shouldn’t try something new, so don’t say those things to yourself.
What's your perspective on success / failure?
The concepts of “success” and “failure” are distracting. Let go of pressure and live your moment.
What is your favorite book / podcast of all time?
“A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith. A quote:
“Then I’ve been drunk too,” admitted Francie. “On beer? No. Last spring, in McCarren’s Park, I saw a tulip for the first time in my life.”
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Before I went to law school, I was an executive assistant to the CEO of a startup company. I told my employer that I was thinking about going back to school and I thought I might be good at helping people through legal advocacy. His response was, “I doubt it." I proceeded to score in the 99th percentile on the LSAT, was a Presidential Scholar at Seattle University School of Law, earned the CALI award for the highest grade in the Youth Advocacy Clinic, became a teaching assistant in two law school courses and worked for eight years doing legal advocacy for families in the foster care system before leaving to start my own firm. My proudest accomplishment: I didn’t let a man with a title tell me to doubt myself.
If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to?
The Triassic or Jurassic eras would be great just so I could see dinosaurs, but only if I can come right back.
What's rocking your world this month?
My daughter! Experiencing the holiday season with a three year old at my side is magical and amazing. If only I could design a virtual reality experience that would allow me to relive these days over and over and over again.
Head over to our Fremont space to meet and chat with Shannon or visit her website for more information!
Stay tuned every Friday for a feature blog post on The Riveter members! We have amazing members in our Capitol Hill and Fremont spaces and we're excited to share their stories. #TheRiveterMembers