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August 08, 2022

Margaret Brent Awardee: Wendy Shiba

Wendy Shiba, principal with the Red Bee Group in Altadena, California, said that she often wondered if she had accomplished “anything big, but came to realize how much it’s the little things that count.” 

She told the story of being a young associate in Big Law when an investment banker asked if she had been hired because she was “a twofer” (woman and minority) and a partner interjected that “actually, we hired Wendy because she’s really smart.” Shiba said the moment illustrated both allyship and sponsorship -- “concepts that we didn’t even have labels for at the time.” She urged the audience to “do the little things with purpose and intention and all the time…. The little things can add up.”