Women's History Month: Jennifer Hutchens

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March 26, 2020

In celebration of Women's History Month, Robinson Bradshaw is highlighting women from the firm throughout March. Meet Jennifer Hutchens, a corporate health care attorney.

Describe what you do at Robinson Bradshaw.

I focus my law practice on transactional, regulatory and operational matters for health care and life science industry clients. I have been an attorney with Robinson Bradshaw since 2007. 

What do you most enjoy about your job?

I love my job, but probably two of the most important drivers are (1) my connection with the clients and the industry that they serve and (2) leaning into a "trusted adviser" role for those clients. 

What advice do you have for other women in the workplace?

My advice is to be receptive to help!  We are all stretched thin, especially in this time, and if someone offers to help out on a project or to bring you a meal if you are under the weather, don't be shy to say yes. This isn't necessarily unique to women or to the workplace, but it is advice that I am slowly learning to follow. The close second, which again isn't unique to women or the workplace, is keeping perspective as best as you can and to have gratitude in your heart; this is another go-to for me, especially in times of stress. 

Who is your female role model and why?

Many of my female clients – female executives – are my role models. I learn from each of them, every day. Especially how to quiet down the "chatter" around an issue and really get to the heart of a matter – whether it is a legal issue or any other challenging decision or project ahead.

Tell us something about yourself that we wouldn't learn from your website bio.

My family is everything to me – I am blessed! I have two boys, ages (almost) 5 and 2. 

Many people are working from home now. What is your best tip for working from home or home office "hack"?

The current environment is no doubt difficult. Working from home is a privilege, and being able to continue to practice law and advise clients who are on the front lines of COVID-19 – that is a true gift. As far as a home work "tip," I would say that I've found it important to have a schedule and try to stick to it – the work can wait a few minutes (usually!) if it is 6 p.m. and my boys want me to ride scooters briefly before their bedtime. I've been trying to live a little more in the moment these days!   

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