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General counsel work/life balance Q&A - Aviva's Monica Risam

Author: Legal Week |

05 Sep 2013 | 12:58

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Monica Risam has been general counsel of Aviva Group since July 2012, before which she was GC of Aviva Europe. She joined the insurer in 2011 from GE Capital's Working Capital Solutions, where she managed the global legal team. She is also a former associate at Weil Gotshal & Manges and Dewey Ballantine.


What is currently the biggest challenge in your job? Achieving a work/life balance.

Who/what has been the biggest influence on your career? My parents, who taught me that education was paramount above all else, and some of the fantastic mentors I have had over the years.

What would you do if you weren't a lawyer? I would be an entertainment reporter for E! News in the US and spend my days discussing/gossiping about celebrities.


Who are your top 3 fantasy dinner party guests? James Bond, President John F Kennedy and Oprah Winfrey.

If you had to choose one song to be the soundtrack to your life, what would it be? I Will Survive.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be? I would be able to teleport myself instantly. Then I could go back and forth between the UK and US more quickly and cheaply!

Monica is speaking at the Legal Week Corporate Counsel Forum 2013 later this month - click here for more information and click here for table bookings.

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