Wendy Weber Falvey
I was asked to write about my unconventional career path post-BC Law because, well, it’s been rather unconventional. But when I give my entire career path its due consideration, I do find a reliable theme or two, namely, that I have always followed my passion, and I have consistently chosen the “quality of life” path over competing options. In fact, thanks to my passion for quality of life, I chose to attend BC Law!
My first job after college graduation was with the EPA international office in Washington, D.C. The passion I was pursuing at that time was to save the environment from continuing to get trashed, something that was getting more and more news coverage in the late ’80s. While at the EPA, I had the pleasure of working regularly with bright young attorneys. My admiration for their expertise and good judgment, along with the idea that a law degree would provide more tools for helping the environment, was what drove me to apply to law school–I had no real- life exposure to lawyers and their work prior to that time.
Thanks to a meticulous interviewing strategy where I sought out alumni from the law schools I was considering in D.C. and the Boston area, I discovered that the only law school that consistently earned praises from its alumni was BC Law. The quality of life stamp was clear. Needless to say, I was thrilled when I received the acceptance letter. I dubbed BC Law the “kinder, gentler” law school (in George Bush parlance), and it proved to be true.
Of course, law school was a rigorous experience. But while I certainly worked hard and pulled at least one all-nighter during those three grueling (though kind and gentle) years, I always managed to carve out time for personal passions such as dance, yoga, friends, and family. Living a balanced life during law school may have shaved my GPA downward a touch, but I never had regrets.
I felt charmed when Justice Rudolph Kass at the Massachusetts Appeals Court accepted my application to be his clerk after law school. It was a privilege to work closely with such a brilliant mind and kind soul, and I will always remember my friendships with the other clerks with gratitude.
The clerkship inspired me to pursue real estate law (a close cousin to environmental!); the following six to seven years I pursued a traditional path of working at large law firms (and paying off loans). But September 11, 2001 brought a wake-up call that I wasn’t following my passion; my work had grown to feel empty and rather meaningless.
Soon after 9/11, I opted to leave the law entirely and again pursue a personal passion–teaching yoga. I continued on the yoga teaching path for close to ten years and had the good fortune of helping others find their “Om” while also staying home to raise my son.
Life takes crazy turns that are impossible to anticipate. After my marriage came to an end, my career took a new path: I discovered the wonderful world of custom menswear and direct sales–yes, that much-maligned and misunderstood business model. It turned out I had an aptitude for the business and found that I thrived on working with clients and helping them with their wardrobe choices. Who would imagine a former environmental bureaucrat, lawyer, and yoga teacher having a passion for menswear?! But what I discovered was that the business was based on relationships and helping people, and that’s where, it turned out, my passion, and of course my quality of life flourished.
I have since added a second business and am building a new foundation of clients and partners as I introduce anti-aging haircare to the wider world. Again, my products help others feel good, which brings me joy.
Thanks to my unconventional career path, I have discovered where my passions truly lie, and I am eternally grateful for every twist and turn. I credit BC Law with giving me the courage and confidence to pursue avenues that were non-traditional, but fulfilling, and met my needs and the needs of my family.