DECHERT’S WORK­ING MOTHER OF THE YEAR

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KRYSTYNA M. BLAKESLEE Real Es­tate Fi­nance Part­ner, Hart­ford, CT Mom to El­iz­a­beth, 5, and Oliver, 1 A for­mer Ma­rine Corps sergeant in Iraq, Krystyna started at the law firm with a sum­mer job in 2008 and was pro­moted to part­ner while preg­nant with her sec­ond child in 2017. She al­ways takes time to men­tor and as­sist other em­ploy­ees, es­pe­cially women and vet­er­ans. She chairs the firm’s He­roes em­ployee-re­source group for vet­er­ans and also helps with the Global Women’s Ini­tia­tive, aimed at de­vel­op­ing women at­tor­neys. Dechert says: “Krystyna’s re­spon­si­bil­i­ties re­quire ef­fec­tive lead­er­ship and a per­sua­sive man­ner—and the prag­ma­tism to bal­ance her roles as mother, part­ner, men­tor, fac­ulty, chair­per­son and blog­ger.”

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