Choose to Challenge: Brenda Goodhue

Meet Brenda Goodhue

The balancing act of life and career goals will inevitably include points in which you are faced with significant challenges.

What have been the challenges faced in your professional career?

When it comes to overcoming challenges, I had to come to a place where I was no longer afraid to speak up for myself and letting go of the mindset of being submissive. I was submissive in both my prior professional and personal life, and that led to me being very unsatisfied with where things were going. When I decided to finish my degree and became a paralegal, I was starting my life over, and it was a test of my resilience. Dinsmore was the first job I landed after finishing my degree, and it felt like I finally found a true work home. The environment is conducive to being part of a team and has encouraged me to take risks and step outside of my comfort zone. 

What have you learned, what have you taken away from these experiences that helped shape the person you are today?

What I have learned from my experience is knowing that my voice matters. Especially being in a male-dominated industry, you cannot let your fear take over and drag you down. We are living in a time when women are taking their place at the top, because it is where we deserve to be. Something important I’ve learned since being at Dinsmore is that mentors are worth their weight in gold. My mentors at the firm are almost all women, and I would not be where I am today without their support and constant guidance.