How Kean Miller’s Erin Kilgore overcame her fear of public speaking

    As a child, New Orleans native Erin Kilgore wanted to be either a doctor, meteorologist or flight attendant, like her mother. She never aspired to follow in her father’s footsteps and become a lawyer, but changed her mind when a professor suggested it to her while studying for her undergraduate degree at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.

    After four years out of state, she was ready to come home and decided to attend the LSU Law Center, where she eventually met her husband, Parker, who is also an attorney.

    As Business Report details in its new Executive Spotlight feature on Kilgore, she and her husband decided to remain in Baton Rouge after graduation, rather than move to Houston or New Orleans, because they thought it would be a better place to raise a family. Today, they juggle demanding careers as they raise their 4- and 6-year-old children.

    “We absolutely love our life in Baton Rouge and all the professional, social and civic opportunities available to us here,” she says.

    Read Kilgore’s complete Executive Spotlight Q&A. Here’s a sample of what you will find:

    What’s the greatest personal or professional obstacle you’ve had to overcome, and how did you do it?

    “In high school and college, I dreaded public speaking. Like most Americans, it made me incredibly nervous. As a Kean Miller associate, I was given various speaking opportunities, in the courtroom and delivering presentations to clients. Initially, I subscribed to the “fake it ‘til you make it” theory in order to project confidence. But my dread evolved and I soon realized that I enjoyed public speaking. A few years ago, I delivered a presentation at a national conference attended by over 1,000 corporate attorneys from around the country—something ‘high school Erin’ never would have imagined.”

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