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Linda Descano, CFA®, President and CEO,
Who: Angela Ebert
What She Does: Attorney at Law, Neal Gerber Eisenberg and chair of Step Up’s Chicago Board of Directors
Home Base: Chicago
Angela R. Elbert counsels clients on complex risk management and insurance issues and helps them obtain the maximum recovery possible when claims arise. She focuses her practice on advising entities and Boards of Directors on a wide variety of risk management issues, including indemnification agreements, obtaining insurance with the most favorable terms available in the marketplace, financial insolvency concerns, and insurance aspects of corporate transactions and other business contracts.
She has significant experience in handling complex insurance coverage litigation, other commercial litigation, mediations, and arbitrations, with an emphasis on representing policyholders in insurance coverage disputes nationwide involving virtually every line of insurance.
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Based upon interviews with her clients and peers, Angela has been described as “fantastic” and a “leading light” whose “breadth of knowledge is matched only by her commendable work ethic,” reports Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
“Thinking about the most powerful piece of advice that has inspired me in my career, I am drawn to one piece of advice that I learned from a very wise and successful woman, who taught me to ask this question when challenged with a really tough decision: ‘WHAT WOULD I DO IF I WEREN’T AFRAID?’ Too often we stick with what we know and what is safe—what is in our present comfort zone. Many people make many decisions based on fear—the fear of failure; the fear of not pleasing others; the fear of how your decision will impact others; the fear of the unknown; the fear of … and the list goes on and on and on. At one time this was true for me. But I’ve learned to conquer that, which leads me to my advice: Conquer your fears.
Although conquering your fears is a deeply personal endeavor, here’s how I have done it: