#WorkingWomenWednesday: Alana Burnett, Lawyer and Food Blogger
Today, we wanted to introduce to you our first amazing Working Woman: Alana Burnett! She’s a Howard Law School graduate; she’s practiced in New York City and is now a lawyer for the Mayor of Washington DC’s General Counsel. On top of that, she still manages to find the time to manage her food Insta Blog @SplashofGanache, where she shares delicious finds in DC and her travels. Read-more to hear how she wants to advocate for women of color and how Kamala Harris and her have similar backgrounds!
What excites you most about your career path?
There are always new challenges in my field, ensuring that my job never gets boring. I hope to use the skills I learn in my current position to obtain a leadership role in a specific field I am passionate about.
What struggles have you battled to get to where you are today?
Sometimes in the legal field, getting jobs can come down to “who you know” or simply what school you went to. It is even harder if you’re a woman or a minority (or both) to not only get your foot in the door, but rise in leadership roles. I have always fought to get my seat at the table and it has gotten me this far in my career so I do not intend on stopping.
What challenges do you hope to change in the industry you’re currently in?
I hope that there will be more minority women in leadership roles. It helps to be in a leadership role and mentor new classes of women and help them succeed in the workplace.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself in a leadership role at an agency or office managing personnel legal issues and/or litigation.
What does success mean to you?
Success means achieving the goals that promote your personal happiness. Sometimes that does not mean being at the top of your field, but maybe being the best version of yourself, dependable and trustworthy to your colleagues, and managing your work life balance.
What makes you feel confident?
Being right! In all seriousness, I litigated for three years and nothing made me feel more confident than walking into court for arguments with the law on my side proving that my argument is the better argument.
Who/what inspires you?
Kamala Harris inspires me. I cling to all our similarities - she grew up in California, went to Howard, became a lawyer, worked at San Francisco DA’s Office, and get annoyed easily with bullshit. She inspires me to be myself and rise to the top against all odds against us.
What’s your personal mission statement?
Prove them wrong by being irreplaceable.
How did you get into blogging?
I wanted a break from my routine and a creative activity. I thought about what made me happiest as a kid and it was going through my mom’s cookbooks and baking cookies or jello cakes or whatever else we had in the house. I decided I wanted to get back into that by cooking at home more and baking for fun. I also wanted to share easy recipes for those who have limited time and/or full time jobs.
What do you hope to accomplish with your platform?
I hope to get people baking and cooking more for fun, not just to survive. I want people to also color outside of the lines when it comes to a recipe. Make it spicier, add more flavor, just don’t limit yourself to just any old recipe. Make it your own - make it better.
Hope you enjoyed getting to know Alana a bit more! Let us know if you have any questions for Alana in the comments below!