The first time Anne Collier attended law school, she was 6 years old. In her words: “My mother started in 1972 and was part of the first wave of women who went to law school. My father’s class (1965) included 5 women. Thus, from a very young age, I assumed I could do anything I wanted and didn’t see my gender as a barrier. It was my father supporting my mother that made this point. I believe that everyone can create a fulfilling life and career.”

Anne is CEO of Arudia; she is driven to help others create fulfilling professional and personal lives both at the individual and organization level. An expert leadership coach, Anne gives clients a competitive edge by helping them discover their strengths and teaching them how to use those strengths to their greatest advantage.

Anne has over a decade of experience with Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® and is an MBTI® Master Practitioner. Anne tailors coaching and training sessions to meet the needs of her clients, utilizing 360-Degree and other assessments. She custom-designs her workshops to target the unique and specific needs of every client. For the best results, her clients learn to coach their colleagues and transform conflict into collaboration by distinguishing strategy from goals, being curious yet not judgmental, and collaborating to maximize results.

Clients walk away from Anne’s coaching, workshops, and speaking engagements inspired. They gain a powerful set of tools that helps them identify and achieve critical goals, including enhancing communication skills, developing leadership and management skills, and boosting team performance with an enduring sense of purpose. Anne practiced law in Washington, D.C. with Miller & Chevalier, Chtd, and King & Spalding, where she represented and advised Fortune 100 corporations on various tax and business matters. Prior to private practice, Anne was an attorney with the Treasury Department.

When did you join the WBA?

What committees/forums have you been involved in?
Career Development, Leadership Task Force, the WBA Board.

Why did you join the Women’s Bar Association?
I joined the WBA because I was looking for a community of support and friendship.

What benefits do you get from being a part of the WBA and why do you think others should join?
I deeply value the friendships I have developed over the years. The support, networking, and informal mentoring that occurs is invaluable and life enriching.

Do you have a mentor/hero?
My fellow board members are my heroes. Every time we work together to support a WBA initiative, I see their brilliance, creativity and commitment. They inspire!

What words of advice do you have for women new to the profession?
Join the WBA! Don’t let your focus on your job become so singular that you overlook developing friendship and getting involved. The WBA is not “another thing to do” but a community that will support you through your challenges and accomplishments. It’s an opportunity to create a network and friendships that you will treasure into retirement.

What is the best advice you have received?
Invest in yourself. You are worth it!

What other organizations are you involved in?