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April, 2019 - Tennessee


"2019 Women of Influence Awards" Kristen Johns recorded by Nashville Corporate Video


Kristen Johnsis an attorney with Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP’s intellectual property practice group.

What impact has Nashville’s growth had on you and/or your company?Nashville’s growth has had a remarkably positive impact on my practice in advising technology-focused clients and in growing our work in connection with TokenizeTN. Bolstered by newcomers with inspiring energy and diverse experiences and backgrounds, our community will continue to thrive.

What is the best book you’ve read recently?The best book I’ve read recently was “The Hiding Place” [by Corrie Ten Boom]. Everyone should read it.

What is the worst advice you were ever given, and what did it teach you?I was probably given the worst advice in high school and if I followed it, I quickly learned the negative consequences of following bad advice.

What is the most common mistake women make in business, and how would you overcome it?At a high level, women underestimate themselves — which is not necessarily a mistake, but a perspective and internal dialogue that can be revised to be more inspired, motivated and empowered. … At a granular level, I found myself apologizing at the beginning of emails for things I didn’t need to apologize for (e.g., “Sorry for the delay …”). I also have learned to not use the word “just” in any emails. It’s usually a powerless, unnecessary word in writing.

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