TMA Network of Women in the News will be emailed monthly to all TMA members to celebrate your accomplishments and expertise. The objective of TMA NOW in the News is to elevate the profiles of TMA NOW members so they are top of mind when members are looking for a referral for a matter, need to fill a speaking opportunity, need an article to be written, or are looking for someone to sit on a committee.
Fay Bidlack
Fay Bidlack
TMA NOW Member Spotlight:
Fay & Rosa

Each quarter, TMA NOW helps you get to know your fellow TMA members. This newsletter introduces you to Fay Bidlack, associate at Jennings Strouss, and Rosa Evergreen, partner at Arnold &  
Porter Kaye  Scholer.
Rosa Evergreen
Rosa Evergreen

How did you get involved in TMA?
Fay: TMA Arizona's Board of Directors was creating a NextGen Board in 2012, and I was asked to join by my business development coach, who was on the main board at the time. From that start, I rose through the ranks, first chairing the Membership Committee, then the Programs Committee, and ultimately becoming president of TMA Arizona in 2016.

Rosa: I heard about TMA at conferences, and then I looked into joining the TMA Chesapeake Chapter. I joined to meet and network with others. I was then asked to join the TMA Chesapeake Board of Directors, and while on the board, I was asked to be the liaison for TMA NOW.
 
Hot topics in our community are: leading change, successes and failures, mentorship/sponsorship, and earning the role. Have you had any experiences in any of these areas that made a strong impact on you?
Fay: Mentorship played a key role in the development of my career because law school doesn't really teach one how to practice law, especially in an area as complicated as restructuring. I was fortunate to have two mentors - Dan Garrison and Joe Cotterman - who are not only brilliant, but enjoy teaching and working through problems with colleagues. Dan actually just won TMA's Turnaround of the Year Award in the mid-sized company division.

Rosa:  I have been incredibly lucky with mentors. While in law school, I was a research assistant for a bankruptcy professor who became an amazing mentor, Mechele Dickerson. I was then fortunate to clerk for Bankruptcy Judge Stephen St. John, who has also been a wonderful mentor to me. When I came to my firm, partners in the bankruptcy group took me under their wing and served as great sounding boards.  Each mentor has played a different role in each stage of my career. I now try to give back to the next wave of leaders. I chair the Professional Development Committee at my firm as well as co-chair the Summer Associate Committee. I truly believe you need to take advantage of opportunities when they are offered and it's important to keep relationships in tact.

In your opinion, what's the most exciting/interesting trend or event happening in the turnaround and restructuring industry?
FayI think restaurants are a really exciting trend right now, both in and out of the turnaround industry, but that may be because of my love of food. 

Rosa: We are seeing real changes in the industry. We are seeing the restructuring model change, i.e., there are more quick fire sales, more out of court workouts, a lot more liquidations. The model for what we call bankruptcy/restructuring is changing and we have to be flexible.
 
What's the best career advice you've ever received?
Fay"Why don't you give law school a try?" my undergrad Philosophy professor asked me. Ironically I'm not sure that's the best advice anymore given rising tuition costs and the changing legal landscape, but for someone who loved school but had no career direction, it was perfect. I think the takeaway is that if you're not sure where you want to end up, do something in the meantime that expands your knowledge and skill set and exposes you to a variety of paths and connections.  

Rosa: Always say yes to an opportunity if you can, but remember anything you say yes to is part of your brand. You are your own brand.
 
What would someone who only knows you professionally be surprised to learn about you?
Fay: I am obsessed with Halloween. I plan a huge party every other year, and on the off years, I travel with friends to experience Halloween in places such as New Orleans and Salem, MA. I belong to a group called AZ Haunters that meets about once a month to build Halloween projects.

Rosa: My last name is made up. My parents decided when they got married that they did not want to take each other's last name nor hyphenate. So, they came up with the name "Evergreen."
TMA NOW Member Accomplishments

Faye Feinstein was named one of the 50 most influential women attorneys in Chicago by Crains magazine.

Sydney J. Darling has been appointed to serve on the Lawyers Advisory Committee for the Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey.
TMA Western Regional Conference Keynote

Kathleen Nalty was a keynote speaker at the 2017 TMA Western Regional Conference. To watch her video, click here.
Upcoming TMA NOW Events 

Wednesday, October 18
TMA Arizona (Phoenix): "Fall Networking Mixer with AZ CREW"
 
TMA New York City: TMA NOW's Battle of the Bites
 
Friday, October 20

View all upcoming TMA events here.
New TMA NOW Members

Elissa Barratt, Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia
Terry Chase, SierraConstellation Partners LLC
Brenna A. Dolphin, Morris James LLP
Melinda Fricke, Crestmark
Amy Geise, Porter Hedges LLP
Erika Giroux, Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone PLC
Rosario V. Jauregui, White Oak Commercial Finance LLC
Holly Kelly, Grant Thornton 
Felicia E. Leksono, PNC Business Credit
Victoria Levine, Siena Lending Group
Jacqueline Marcus, Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP
Sophie Moher, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
Stephanie Mooney, CIBC
Jami Nimeroff, Brown McGarry Nimeroff LLC
Anjali Panchal
Lauren Peterson, GlassRatner Advisory & Capital Group LLC
Suzanne Robinson, CapitalSource
Mary Santanello, Parker Hudson Rainer & Dobbs LLP
Taylor Stercay, FTI Consulting
Shannon Stetson, Crestmark Bank
Cheryl Wesler, CPA, Trustee Resource Group
Jenny Widing
Submit Your News to Be Featured 


Please send your news to Kris Wolcott at kwolcott@turnaround.org to be included in the next issue of TMA Network of Women in the News. 

About TMA Network of Women

The TMA Network of Women (TMA NOW) is an affinity group within TMA, created to foster female leadership by creating the premier business development and networking group for women in the turnaround community. TMA NOW aims to provide substantive educational programming and networking opportunities to promote career growth and help women break through the glass ceiling.   
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