Newsletter

Stay up to date with the latest from MAKERS delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up for new stories from trailblazing women, a big dose of inspiration, and exclusive MAKERS content.

Newsletter Confirmation

Thank you for joining! Please check your inbox for our special welcome letter
with exclusive updates from MAKERS.

MAKERS Moment

Becoming the Boss

Becoming the Boss

More From Mae

In this video

Tagged as

O'Malley found that when she became the boss of a company, her priorities shifted.

Mae 's Biography

Three Words to Describe Herself: Tenacious, feisty, and diligent
Favorite Television Show: American Idol
Inspirational Role Model: Oprah Winfrey
Childhood Ambitions: Lawyer

When San Francisco attorney, Mae O’Malley got pregnant, she realized she needed an innovative alternative that would give her the opportunity to balance work with the needs of her growing family. She began working on a contract basis as the in-house counsel for Google, which gave her the flexibility she needed. As she built up her client base, she found she needed to hire more lawyers, hiring other working parents like her. This expansion lead to the creation of her company Paragon Legal, a firm specializing in technology licensing and corporate transactions. After just five years, her firm now employs over 50 lawyers, offering part-time contract work to senior attorneys who required job flexibility. Now her practice is a model for diversity – 80% of her employees are women, and 65% are people of color. O’Malley graduated from Stanford University in 1994, and the University of California at Berkley Boalt Hall School of Law in 1998.

Related Videos

Chelsea Handler
Chelsea Handler
Comedian

Unabashed comedian and talk show host Chelsea Handler moved to Los Angeles at age 19. After two years of unsuccessful acting auditions, she started pursuing stand-up comedy. After ...

Charlotte Bunch
Charlotte Bunch
International Women's Rights Activist

Women worldwide, “are routinely subject to torture, starvation, terrorism, humiliation, mutilation, and even murder simply because they are female,” wrote Charlotte Bun...

Majora Carter
Majora Carter
Community Developer

Majora Carter became passionate about community development while completing her MFA at New York University, advocating for the development of Hunts Point Riverside Park, the South...

Joan Sullivan
Joan Sullivan
Educator & Public Policy

Joan Sullivan has been actively involved in school reform for the last decade. She is a founding member of the Urban Assembly, a non-profit at the forefront of new school developme...