How do you know if your career is the right one for you? On this episode of Mentoring Moments podcast, you’ll find out how Joi Gordon, CEO of Dress for Success found her answer to that question—it happened late one night when she was a young Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan and a judge challenged her decision.
The night that judge questioned Gordon was a life changer (in Gordon’s words, condensed and edited from the podcast): “I was working the night shift, arraigning cases and setting bail. There were murders and drug cases and then there was a guy who jumped the turnstile, a subway fare-beater. This guy’s record showed that he recently got 60 days for jumping a turnstile in a different borough, so I argued that he get 60 days again. The judge called me into his chambers and asked me if I even wondered why this guy couldn’t afford to get on that train. Then the judge asked, ‘What do you stand for? What do you even care about? Who are you?’ I was shocked that I had taken a job that would propel me to want to incarcerate people, not care about people, not look at people, not worry about how they got here. In that moment, I realized I needed to get out of the DA’s office. I wanted to be memorable and make a difference—I didn’t want to be on this trajectory of not caring about lives.” Tune into this podcast to hear the whole story about how Gordon is forever grateful to the judge for realizing she wasn’t the person that showed up in the courtroom, and how she found her way to Dress for Success and now sees all people, especially people who think they are invisible.
And there’s more you won’t want to miss, like the story behind this quote: “I wanted everyone to see me as this ‘wonder woman’ but I realized I can rest the cape every so often.” Followed by a very personal story about why she’s done with worrying about cancer. And why at the end of the day we all need to find our reason for being, we need to find our legacy.