Women in Business
Meet 30 professionals who embody the modern concept of leadership. Each has vision and passion, and each is innovative and collaborative. Learn how these women are transforming old business models and making their workplaces better.
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“The average bankruptcy lawyer could’ve told you we were in a recession long before we hit the skids,” says Tobey M. Daluz, managing partner for Ballard Spahr LLP in Wilmington. Daluz juggles about 40 cases at a time, focusing efforts on mega-clients like DuPont. She became a partner at Ballard in 2002, then opened the Wilmington office as head of its bankruptcy division. The branch employs 10 lawyers and seven staffers, but Daluz plans to expand the team. Daluz is also passionate about mentoring African-American teens who show interest in the law. “We have to show inner-city kids that there are opportunities for them, and it’s not insurmountable for them to go to college,” Daluz says. “We have to be there for them.”
THE B WORD Bankruptcy doesn’t always mean failure, says Daluz. “It actually provides an opportunity for a corporate entity to restructure and emerge a healthier company, which benefits not just the company, but also creditors and employees, who can maintain their jobs.”
THE FIRM The three partners in Ballard’s Delaware office are women. Two are women of color.
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