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When I was 12, I decided I wanted to be a lawyer. Once I became one, I discovered that combining business acumen with a love of the law is the most challenging and fun. I love sitting in the middle of a business problem, seeing all sides, and trying to craft a creative answer that works.
I’m most passionate about building teams of problem solvers. I love to help people learn new things and progress in their careers. And at the same time, it’s helpful to the business and to the individuals.
Nancy Laben is the chief legal officer for Booz Allen Hamilton and leads the law department, which spans numerous functions including corporate governance, government contract law, employment law, securities law, and investigations. She is also a member of the firm’s Leadership Team.
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Before joining Booz Allen, Nancy served as general counsel at AECOM Technologies. There she was responsible for all legal support and led a team of 55 attorneys as well as contract advisors and outside counsel.
Prior to that Nancy served as deputy general counsel at Accenture, where she held senior positions supporting the company’s U.S., Europe, and Asia business. She has also served in the law department at IBM Corp.
Nancy holds a B.A. in government and East Asian studies, with honors, from Smith College and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.
How does your team inspire you? My team inspires me to always try to do better. I need to be a continuous learner, challenging the status quo. I love it when my team is better or faster than I am.
How do you work with your clients to prepare for the future? First, I sit down with them and try to understand their issues and concerns. Often, they can tell you 90 percent of what they are thinking about if you’re an active listener. I develop a model in my head and then will talk with them again to confirm my thinking. Sometimes, clients only want the short-term answer and it is important that we always consider the long-term approach as well.
What are your three tips for motivating and managing people? Learn who they are as individuals, what motivates them, and why they get up for work every day. Second, always look for the teachable moment. Third, lead by example.
Why is Booz Allen a good place to learn and grow? There is a sense of purpose here; you feel like you are contributing to something bigger and more important than just yourself. You’re encouraged to learn and grow. We are a 100-plus-year-old startup in many respects. There’s a lot to do as we expand into new markets and work with new clients, so we need to always adapt. There’s always a challenge.
What’s the best business advice you’ve received in your career? Don’t show up with just the problem; show up with the problem and a solution.
Name two words to describe yourself in high school. Quirky and athletic.
What was your first job? Camp counselor and cheesemonger.
If you could go back and give yourself advice as a young professional, what would you tell yourself? Don’t sweat the small stuff; think about the big picture.
What are you nostalgic for? That feeling you get when the ice cream truck is coming down the road and you and your friends run out and get some. For a quarter.
Name a fictional character you identify with. Lt. Commander Scott, from “Star Trek.”
What’s something most people don’t know about you? At 22, I once raced a Marine squad up Mt. Fuji. And beat them.
Where do you see Booz Allen in 100 years? I think we will have redefined what it means to be an essential partner for our clients, whether it’s government, commercial, whatever. We’re going to continue to be the ones they turn to solve their hardest problems. We’ll be a leader in combining technology and strategy, but we will not be the Borg.