LMASW Member Spotlight - Martha Barrios

Name: Martha Barrios
Position: Business Development Manager, Carrington Coleman
Age: 42
Family: Arturo, Husband. Cornelia, Cat.
Hometown: Dallas
Education: Texas A&M University

What was your very first job, how old were you and what was the biggest takeaway from the experience? I was a sales associate at Limited Too, a clothing store for girls. My boss always wanted the mirrors to be perfectly clean. She would look at it from different angles to check to see if it was clean or not. When I’m thinking about situations or issues, I always think of the mirrors, it might seem like one idea might be good, but if you look from another angle, you can see other challenges or an even better approach.

At what point in your life did you realize you wanted to pursue a legal career and why are you passionate about your profession? When I first started working at my firm, I did not think of it as a legal “career”. When I moved into a Business Development position, and joined LMA, I could see a clear path to growing my job. There are so many possibilities in legal marketing, it is hard not to be passionate!   

What time do you typically get up on a workday, and what’s your ideal morning routine to get it off to a great start? How has the pandemic impacted your day-to-day? I normally get up at 6am. I don’t have a set routine, but making my bed, a nice shower and coffee are musts. My husband is an essential worker so our routine didn’t change much, which was pretty helpful in maintaining a sense of normalcy.

What’s something about your job that might surprise people? Most people are very surprised that I have been at my firm for 14 years. They are usually surprised at all the things I do in my position. I think that is why I have stayed at my job so long – great environment and every day is different so things remain fresh.

What are your best productivity hacks? Breaking down projects into smaller pieces. When I check off one of the smaller pieces from the to do list, it makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something and it motivates me.

What’s a leadership skill you’ve learned the hard way? To keep my mouth shut. Actively staying quiet helps me digest what others are saying better than if I was busy thinking about what I was going to say.

What are some of your hobbies or favorite things to do in your free time? I go through phases where I really like to cook, my husband and mom really like it when that happens. I like gardening, it is work, but you get to enjoy the fruit of your labor and being outside helps my happiness levels.

Tell us about some of your volunteer efforts in the community and why you support those causes/organizations. I am on the Board of the Dallas Children’s Theater. It is a fantastic organization and a tremendous asset to Dallas. The plays and actors are SO good, even without personally having children, I go to a majority of the shows.

You’re taking me out to a business lunch in Dallas. Where are we going and what do you recommend I order? The Zodiac Room at Neiman Marcus. Neiman’s is an icon in Downtown Dallas, and is a must visit place. Their popovers with strawberry butter and consommé are complimentary, but I would highly recommend them.

What’s one of the smartest purchases you’ve ever made? What’s one of the dumbest? I purchased a pair of AirPods for myself for Christmas. They were expensive, but I have used them so much for all the Zoom meetings during the pandemic.

Can you name someone who has had a great impact on you as a leader, or someone who has been a mentor to you in your life or career? How have they changed your outlook? My colleague, Andrea Glover. She was the Recruiting Administrator when I was a Recruiting Assistant. Fortunately, we still get to work together often. She is one of the most patient people I’ve ever encountered in my life, a great quality for an HR Director. She helps me see perspectives that I probably wouldn’t have considered.

What are you looking forward to doing the most in a post-pandemic world? Traveling and seeing all of my friends regularly!

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